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The Summer Heat May Be Affecting Your Home’s Appliances

Appliances in the heat

You know those hot summer days when you can feel the sun sucking away your energy? Well, the same thing can happen to your household appliances during the summer too. When the weather gets hot, there are some preventative measures you can take to protect the systems and appliances in your home.

The higher temperatures outside can create a buildup of moisture on your appliances inside. This extra moisture can cause appliances to degrade faster, and can potentially cause electrical shocks. Appliances can also sweat, causing water to settle around cords and wires. It can also flood the interior of the system, which can potentially lead to mold.

You also must be wary of your appliances overheating. Appliances may have higher surface temperatures, and can lose function when overheated, or require more electricity to work properly. Most appliances use more energy during summer months because they have to work even harder to maintain a cool temperature themselves.

AC Units often have to work harder in the summer because in addition to cooling your home, they also work to remove moisture from the air. Consider installing a dehumidifier with your HVAC system, or using one in rooms where it gets hottest. The dehumidifier can remove moisture from the air and allow the Air Conditioner to work solely on cooling your home.

You should also maintain regular cleaning/maintenance of your unit’s filters and coils in order to ensure that it is working properly. The same should go for your fridge/freezer. Dirty coils can lead to overheating, which could leave you without an AC unit or a fridge.

Your fridge should also be kept somewhere cool (avoid hot garages). Once you find the right place for your fridge, be sure to give it ample breathing room. The fridge needs enough room to release heat, but you don’t want that heat to become trapped and cause the unit to overheat and stop working.

You should maintain regular upkeep and maintenance of all of your household appliances all year long, but it’s especially important to be mindful of how they can be affected in this summer heat. Should you require emergency services, call SERVPRO of Tustin 24/7 at 714-480-1340

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No AC? No Problem! 9 Hacks for Staying Cool This Summer

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It’s hard getting through these Southern California Summers without any air conditioning. Luckily for us, generations before us had to suffer through the heat before air conditioning was even invented and left us with some tried and true methods for staying cool all summer long!

  1. Turn off electronics when not in use. When electronics are turned on, they are producing heat. If you have electronics that you don’t use very often plugged in or turned on, keep them unplugged and/or turned off to keep them producing even more heat in your home. You can save some money on your electricity bill too!
  2. Place a bowl of ice in front of your fan. While it’s important to remember that fans cool people, not rooms, that doesn’t mean it doesn’t feel good to have a fan blowing cool air on you. If you’re really desperate to cool down, place a bowl of ice in front of the fan to make the air even cooler.
  3. Switch to sheets that’ll keep you cool. Lightweight cotton and linen sheets are perfect for hot summers. They’re breathable fabrics, perfect for promoting ventilation and airflow in your bedroom.
  4. Freeze your sheets. If that’s still not enough to keep you cool during those hot summer nights, try sticking your sheets in the freezer. A few minutes before you get ready for bed, put your sheets in a plastic bag and put them in the fridge or freezer. This obviously won’t last all night, but it could be enough to keep you cool while you fall asleep.
  5. Avoid the stove and the oven. Summer is the perfect time to explore more room temperature meals (like a salad). Cooking with heat when it’s already hot out and there’a no AC Unit to cool you down can turn your home into a life-size oven! If you get the itch to bake, try some no-bake cookies and ice box cake recipes!
  6. Hang a wet sheet in front of the window. Grab an extra bed sheet and mist it. Then hang it in front of an open window. When a breeze or gust of wind comes through, it will create a cooling effect on your home.
  7. You can also cover your windows to keep the hot sun out. California sun is strong, so sometimes it’s best to keep the blinds or curtains drawn in the afternoons when the sun is strongest. If you still want to take advantage of natural lighting, try shutters or blinds that can block some of the light while still letting some through.
  8. Replace incandescent light bulbs. Not only are they costing you more on your energy bill, they’re making your home hotter. Make the switch to compact fluorescent (CFL) or LED light bulbs.
  9. Spend time outside. Summer is a great time to enjoy outdoor activities. Even if it’s hot out, it may feel nicer to be outside than in a stuffy home that has no AC. Outdoor activities on or near the beach can be a good way to cool down a bit and enjoy the ocean breeze!

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Campfire Safety 101

campfire safety 101

Enjoying the great outdoors during the summertime can be fun. Nothing says summer quite like sitting around the campfire sharing stories and making s’mores. But that campfire is also a huge responsibility. Everyone in California knows the damage a wildfire can bring, so before you go out and make a campfire, it’s important you learn how to be safe when building your campfire or bonfire, whether in the woods or in your backyard.

Pick the Right Campfire Location

  1. If the campground or area where you are prohibits campfires, then DO NOT build one. Digging pits can be prohibited due to any number of various concerns. Whatever the reason, there is a reason – so be sure to follow the rules.
  2. DO NOT build a campfire under hazardous or dry conditions. Dry air increases the risk of wildfires.
  3. If there is an existing fire ring or pit, then use that. If not, choose a site that is at least 15 feet from tent walls, trees, shrubs, or other flammable objects. Be mindful of low hanging branches.
  4. When building a campfire or bonfire, choose a location that is open and away from heavy fuels such as logs, brush, or decaying leaves.
  5. Always be aware of wind strength and direction. If the wind picks up and direction changes, there could suddenly be embers and ashes flying into easily flammable areas. Choose a spot that is protected from gusts of wind.

How to Prepare a Campfire Pit

There may not always be a campfire pit already prepared when you arrive on a campsite. If that’s the case, don’t panic! Follow these simple steps to preparing your own fire pit.

  1. Start off by clearing an area that is 10 feet in diameter around the campsite. Remove any grass, twigs, leaves, or firewood while you do so.
  2. Dig a pit about one foot deep in the dirt or sand.
  3. Circle the pit with rocks and you’re ready to go!

Building Your Campfire

Your pit is ready, now it’s time to build your fire!

  1. Before you do anything, make sure you have a source of water, a bucket, and a shovel nearby at all times.
  2. You’ll have to gather three types of wood from the ground. Tinder can be small twigs and dry leaves, grass, and needles. For kindling you should look for sticks smaller than 1″ around. Your fuel will be larger pieces of wood. Keep these stacked upwind and away from the fire.
    NEVER cut whole trees or branches, dead or alive. Live materials won’t burn, and you’ll also be damaging the forest. Dead standing trees can often be homes for birds or other wildlife.
  3. Loosely pile a few handfuls of your tinder in the center of the fire pit.
  4. Add the kindling in one of four methods: Teepee, Lean-to, Cross, or Log Cabin. campfire kindling
  5. Ignite the tinder with a match or lighter. (If you use a match, wait until it is cold to discard it onto the fire)
  6. As the fire grows, continue to add more tinder.
  7. Blow lightly at the base of the fire.
  8. Add kindling and fuel (the larger firewood) to the keep the fire going.
  9. Now that you have built your fire, keep it small and under control.

Extinguishing Your Campfire

  1. If possible, allow the wood to burn completely to ash.
  2. Pour A LOT of water onto the fire. Drown ALL embers, not just the red ones. Keep pouring until the hissing sound stops.
  3. If you do not have water, stir dirt and sand into the embers with a shovel to bury the fire.
  4. Using your shovel, scrape any remaining sticks and logs to remove any embers. Make sure there aren’t any embers are exposed or still smoldering.
  5. Continue to add water, dirt or, sand, and stir with a shovel until all material is cool.
  6. If it’s too hot to touch, it’s too hot to leave.

 

There you have it! Have fun but most importantly, be safe when building a campfire!!

Contact SERVPRO of Tustin for any fire damage cleanup needs (714)480-1340

 

source: https://smokeybear.com/en/prevention-how-tos/campfire-safety

 

 

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10 Events in Orange County You HAVE to go to This Summer

Summer is finally here and there are a bunch of fun events happening in Tustin and around Orange County that are sure to keep you busy this summer. We’ve done the hard work for you and gone ahead and picked out some of the events that we’re most looking forward to!

  1. Sunset Cinema: Free movie screenings at various OC Parks every weekend. We’re especially excited for those Disney water films Moana and Finding Dory! The best part of these events is that they’re all FREE!!Runs every Friday or Saturday through August
  2. Pageant of the Masters: pageant of the masters.jpgLaguna Beach’s one of a kind event that happens every summer at the Festival of Arts. If you haven’t been before, it’s certainly worth checking off your OC Bucket List! And if you have been before, they change the theme every year, so you can look forward to seeing something new! This year’s theme is “The Grand Tour”. Tickets can get pricey if you want to sit close, but you can find cheaper seats in the back and bring your binoculars to see every detail up close!
    The show runs nightly from July 7 – August 31
  3. Sawdust Art & Craft Festival: If you’re headed to Laguna to see the Pageant of the Masters, you might as well stop by the Sawdust Festival while you’re at it. This is another fun event that happens every summer. Check out a variety of art and crafts, and maybe even bring some home with you! This is a fun event for the whole family and tickets are all under $10!
    Friday, June 30 – Sunday, September 3
  4. Orange County Fair:
    Fair RideIt wouldn’t be summer without a trip to the fair! Win prizes at the different games and indulge in the most sinful treats in Orange County! It’s also a great place to run into friends, and maybe even make some new ones! Take advantage of daily specials for free entry when you come with a donation.
    July 14 – August 13
  5. OC Night Market: If the food is your favorite part of the OC Fair, you may want to check out the OC Night Market! Inspired by the night markets in Asia, OC Night Market hosts a plethora of exciting food vendors. It’s a great place to try something new!
    The third and final OC Night Market of Summer 2017 runs August 25-27 from 4pm-Midnight (11pm on Sunday)
  6. National Night Out: Join the Tustin Police Department and your fellow Tustin residents in standing up to crime. A fun event for the whole family; it’s located at The District at Tustin Legacy of which many of the businesses and restaurants will be participating.
    August 1. 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
  7. Tustin Concerts in the Park: Pack a picnic and bring the whole family to enjoy FREE concerts in Peppertree Park in Tustin all summer long! Enjoy the “hits” from your favorite tribute bands!
    Every Wednesday Night, 6-8 PM from June through August
  8. Open House at The Marconi Automotive Museum in Tustin: Museum founder Dick Marconi will be in attendance at the Open House, telling stories about cars and signing Ferrari posters. Sounds like Sunday Funday to us!
    August 6, 8:00 AM – 2:00 PM
  9. Orange International Street Fair: orange street fairIt wouldn’t be Labor Day Weekend without Street Fair! Explore cuisine from over fifteen streets representing various cultures and countries across the globe. Most of the businesses around the Orange Circle stay open during Street Fair so you can escape the heat by doing some antique shopping or grabbing a drink at one of the many restaurants.
    Labor Day Weekend, September 1-3, 5:00 PM – 10:00 Friday and 10:00 AM – 10:00 PM Saturday/Sunday
  10. Totally Tustin Food and Wine Festival: Hosted by the Tustin Chamber of Commerce, this food and wine festival brings together many of Tustin’s best restaurants to celebrate the community and to raise funds for the Tustin Chamber.
    Sunday, September 24 from 4:30 PM – 9 PM at 300 Centennial Way 92780 

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