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Gold Medal Service Offers Tips for Fire Prevention Week

Monday, October, 9th, 2017 at 6:00 AM by Gold Medal

Leading New Jersey HVAC, plumbing and electrical company provides advice to homeowners to keep their home and family safe

EAST BRUNSWICK, N.J. – Oct. 5, 2017 – Gold Medal Service, a BBB A+ rated heating, cooling, plumbing and electrical service company that services more than 125,000 homeowners throughout New Jersey, is offering tips to homeowners for Fire Prevention Week, which is Oct. 8-14.

“We want every one of our customers to be prepared in case of a fire, and that means their home as well as their family,” said Joe Todaro, director of operations of Gold Medal Service. “National Fire Prevention Week is a great time to for New Jersey homeowners to ensure the  protection of their home and family by following a few tips that will help prevent fires as well as prepare the family in case of an emergency.”

Check smoke detectors – Every homeowner should periodically check their smoke detectors at least twice per year. Don’t wait until the detector’s battery fails – be proactive. A good time to test and replace smoke detector batteries is when the time changes in the fall and spring. While many newer smoke detectors have batteries that are good for 10 years, other detectors are wired into a home’s electrical system and may need some professional help.

Cook with caution – According to statistics, nearly half of home fires are related to cooking. Never leave your cooking unattended – even for a short time, and always have a fire extinguisher in the kitchen that is rated for cooking-related fires. Never put a grease fire out with water – smothering the fire is the best method.

Conduct a heating system and duct inspection – Some home fires begin in blocked air ducts or improperly operating heating systems. Make sure all the vents in the heating system throughout your home are clean. Also, make sure your dryer vent stays free of lint and debris as a buildup of lint can quickly become a fire hazard even in the cleanest of homes. And if you have not had your heating system inspected and tuned up to ensure safe and efficient operation, now is the time to do so.

Don’t leave space heaters unattended – Space heaters should be placed at least three feet from furniture, window treatments, bedding, clothes, rugs or other combustibles. It is always safer to turn off space heaters if you are not in the same room, and remember that it is a safety hazard to use a space heater attached to an extension cord or power strip.

Check electrical cords, receptacles, outlets – Power cords that resemble a plate of spaghetti are a safety hazard. Check all cords for frays and breaks, as open cords can spark a fire. Minimize the number of cords plugged into power strips. And check to see if you have any issues with outlets or switches, including intermittent malfunctions, overheating, or discoloration – they are warning signs and need to be inspected by a professional.

Have an escape plan and practice it – To protect your family, always plan ahead. Develop an escape plan, establish a rally point for everyone to meet, and then practice your plan. By making it a fun exercise, your kids will feel even safer inside your home.

“Fire prevention should be practiced all year long,” Todaro said. “A home is one of the biggest investments you make. Protecting the home from fire danger is important, and ensuring your family is prepared will give you valuable peace of mind in case of emergency.”

For more information to prepare your home and family for any fire emergencies, contact Gold Medal Service at 800-576-GOLD or visit www.goldmedalservice.com.

About Gold Medal Service

Gold Medal Service was founded in 1994 with a vision to provide homeowners with a reliable and trustworthy home service company customers could count on to fix just about anything that could go wrong in a home. Since then, Gold Medal has grown to include more than 195 Service Expert Technicians, Installers, and employees solving plumbing, heating, cooling, electric, drain, sewer and waterproofing issues for homeowners across the state of New Jersey. Gold Medal Service is a Dave Lennox Award recipient, exclusive to the top 25 Lennox Premier Dealers throughout the Unites States and Canada. For more information, call 800-576-GOLD or visit www.goldmedalservice.com.

Preparing Your Home for the Worst During National Emergency Preparedness Month

Tuesday, September, 19th, 2017 at 6:00 AM by Gold Medal

Leading New Jersey HVAC, plumbing and electrical company, Gold Medal Service, reminds homeowners about National Emergency Preparedness Month

EAST BRUNSWICK, N.J. – Sept. 15, 2017 – Gold Medal Service, a BBB A+ rated heating, cooling, plumbing and electrical service company that services more than 125,000 homeowners throughout New Jersey, is reminding homeowners that September is National Emergency Preparedness month. It is important to have your home prepared for emergencies that can occur throughout the Garden State.

“With the five year anniversary of Hurricane Sandy and all of the severe weather that has been in the news lately, New Jersey homeowners need to remember the importance of preparing  your home,” said Joe Todaro, director of operations of Gold Medal Service. “Many people see signs of potential water damage and delay repairs, which could lead to so many more issues, especially in an event like a hurricane. Besides potential water damage, protecting power and home safety systems is paramount when preparing for emergencies.”

While it is important to be prepared year-round, it is especially true for hurricane and storm season that ends Nov. 30 in New Jersey. A storm can cause electrical outages, flooding, and water damage to your home itself as well as your systems and belongings. Gold Medal Service offers homeowners several ways to be prepared to weather a storm or severe weather conditions:

Waterproofing – Being below ground level, basements are most susceptible to water issues.  Gold Medal Service offers several different options for waterproofing and protecting your basement. Pump systems, waterproof sprays and interior drainage systems, are all examples of ways to help you prepare for the next emergency.

Generator installation and inspection – Power outages are more than an inconvenience – they represent a real safety issue for your family. A backup generator can provide power for the home in case disaster strikes. Professional installation and periodic inspections will ensure that your home has power even when the lights go out.

Heating and vent inspection – Make sure the flues and vents throughout your heating systems are clean and clear of debris. Blocked vents can cause a dangerous carbon monoxide build up in your home. If you are unsure how to check these, a professional inspection is quick and inexpensive, and will eliminate concern.

Alarm installation and inspection – Carbon monoxide detectors and smoke alarms are a must – they save lives. It is always critical to ensure the alarms in your home are properly installed, inspected, and have fresh batteries, in order to provide the required protection.

Being prepared goes beyond having your home’s systems ready. Some emergency preparedness tips for the family are:

  • Have a plan in place to ensure your family has water, flashlights, extra food, and a few other necessities.
  • Something as simple as a solar charger for a cell phone can be a lifesaver allowing you to receive much needed information.
  • A battery powered radio is also a good backup way to stay informed.
  • Know your city’s emergency shelters.
  • Review your insurance policies for adequate coverage.
  • Practice what your family will do in the event of an emergency.

“We encourage our clients to have their home assessed to be sure they are ready for whatever may come their way,” Todaro said. “Preventing damage to your home before a storm is much more cost-effective than paying for costly repairs afterwards – and is a lot less stressful. Gold Medal strives to help customers by getting them prepared before, rather than after the storm.”

Gold Medal Service covers almost the entire state of New Jersey, helping homeowners and businesses prepare for the worst, so they don’t have to experience the worst. For more information to prepare your home for emergencies, contact Gold Medal Service at 800-576-GOLD or visit www.goldmedalservice.com.

About Gold Medal Service

Gold Medal Service was founded in 1994 with a vision to provide homeowners with a reliable and trustworthy home service company customers could count on to fix just about anything that could go wrong in a home. Since then, Gold Medal has grown to include more than 195 Service Expert Technicians, Installers, and employees solving plumbing, heating, cooling, electric, drain, sewer and waterproofing issues for homeowners across the state of New Jersey. Gold Medal Service is a Dave Lennox Award recipient, exclusive to the top 25 Lennox Premier Dealers throughout the Unites States and Canada. For more information, call 800-576-GOLD or visit www.goldmedalservice.com.

Water Quality Month Offers Opportunities to Help Environment

Tuesday, August, 22nd, 2017 at 8:00 AM by Gold Medal

MEDIA CONTACT: 

Heather Ripley
President, Ripley PR
Phone: 865-977-1973
[email protected]

Water Quality Month Offers Opportunities to Help Environment

Leading New Jersey HVAC, plumbing and electrical company, Gold Medal Service, offers preservation and prevention tips to homeowners to ensure a positive impact on the environment

EAST BRUNSWICK, N.J. – August 15, 2017 – Gold Medal Service, a BBB A+ rated heating, cooling, plumbing and electrical service company that services more than 125,000 homeowners throughout New Jersey, offers water quality tips to homeowners during the national observance of Water Quality Month.

“The quality and availability of safe, high quality water affects everybody,” said Joe Todaro, director of operations of Gold Medal Service. “All homeowners have the opportunity to not only provide clean, healthy water for their families, they can take action steps to prevent contamination and help protect fresh water sources – and even potentially save money over time – especially in areas where water quality is problematic. It matters to everyone.”

August is National Water Quality Month, and Gold Medal Service offers the following tips for homeowners to have a positive impact on the environment:

  • Get the facts: Municipal water suppliers provide free information on water quality and particulates, contaminants, bacteria and more. Homeowners are advised to request that information.
  • Practice good water management: Try not to overwater when watering the lawn, washing the car, etc. Using too much water can result in carrying fertilizers and other harmful chemicals into the groundwater, an important source of drinking water, and it costs you money as well.
  • Check for water hardness: Hard water promotes staining and scaling throughout your home’s piping, fixtures, appliances and clothing. A water softener protects against hard water and extends the life of your fixtures and appliances while keeping your clothes looking fresher and cleaner.
  • Manage the drain and drain system: Anti-bacterial soaps or harsh cleaning products can not only damage a drain, they are harmful to the environment. Instead, use non-toxic cleaning agents and household products when possible, and do not dispose of expired or unwanted medicines, anti-freeze or motor oil inside your home or in storm drains.
  • Clean up maintenance messes: It is always important to properly clean up after any boat or car maintenance at the home. To ensure that harmful materials do not wash into the water supply, homeowners can use cat litter and apply it to spills of oil, harsh cleansers, weed killers and such, and then safely dispose of it in the trash.
  • Inquire about a water filtration system: Having a high-quality water filtration system installed by a professional assures you and your family have safe and healthy water for drinking and bathing without the risks associated with contaminants, pollutants and particulates. Not only will your water be better, but there is no longer a need to purchase bottled water which saves you money.
  • Request an in-home water test kit: Testing your home’s water will provide peace of mind year around. Many home services companies, like Gold Medal Service, offer water test kits for free.

“Our core purpose is to help homeowners live in greater safety and comfort, and that includes helping our environment,” Todaro said. “With the help of professionals, New Jersey homeowners can celebrate Water Quality Month by changing a few things around their home and making a real difference.”

For more tips and advice on helping with water quality in and around the home, contact Gold Medal Service at 800-576-GOLD or visit www.goldmedalservice.com.

About Gold Medal Service 
Gold Medal Service was founded in 1994 with a vision to provide homeowners with a reliable and trustworthy home service company customers could count on to fix just about anything that could go wrong in a home. Since then, Gold Medal has grown to include more than 195 Service Expert Technicians, Installers, and employees solving plumbing, heating, cooling, electric, drain, sewer and waterproofing issues for homeowners across the state of New Jersey. Gold Medal Service is a Dave Lennox Award recipient, exclusive to the top 25 Lennox Premier Dealers throughout the Unites States and Canada. For more information, call 800-576-GOLD or visit www.goldmedalservice.com.

MEDIA CONTACT: 

Heather Ripley
President, Ripley PR
Phone: 865-977-1973
[email protected]

Bathroom Remodeling Tips Making Aging-in-Place in Your Own Home Safer and Easier

Leading New Jersey HVAC, plumbing and electrical company, Gold Medal Service, offers bathroom remodeling tips to homeowners who want to age in their own homes.

EAST BRUNSWICK, N.J., July 26, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Gold Medal Service, a BBB A+ rated heating, cooling, plumbing and electrical service company that services more than 125,000 homeowners throughout New Jersey, offers bathroom remodeling tips to homeowners who need to adapt their bathrooms so it is safe for someone with limited mobility or physical impairments to use.

“Many Americans choose to age in their own homes where they are familiar with their environment,” said Joe Todaro, Director of Operations of Gold Medal Service. “People of all ages value their ability to live independently and remodeling a bathroom in preparation for retirement will ensure convenience and safety.”

Things homeowners can do to adapt their bathrooms so it is safer for anyone with limited mobility to use include:

  • Remodel the bathroom on the main floor. If you have a house with multiple levels, consider remodeling the bathroom which is located on the same level as the bedroom of the physically impaired person who will be using it. Having to climb stairs every time they need to use the bathroom is challenging for individuals with limited mobility, and presents an increased risk.
  • Provide extra space in the bathroom. Make sure there is enough room in the bathroom to move a wheelchair around. Plan for extended periods of time when the physically-impaired person will need a wheelchair, a walking frame or cane, with doorways set to at least 32 inches wide. And ensure that there is enough space to position a wheelchair next to the toilet, bath or shower, to enable a safe and easy transfer.
  • Stick with non-slip floors. Non-slip tiles are a must to prevent slipping and tripping on the bathroom floor. Loose rugs can be hazardous so stick with non-slip materials.
  • Make tubs and showers more accessible. Consider a customized bath wet area. Walk-in tubs are a great solution for the physically impaired, and older bath tubs can easily be replaced with a walk-in bathtub. Consider having a seating area in the shower so an individual does not have to remain standing the entire time while showering. And be sure that the tub and shower surfaces are non-slip as well.
  • Add grab bars. Using towel rails as grab bars is a major safety risk as they will not support a person. Instead, install grab bars following manufacturer’s instructions carefully. Having grab bars next to the bath, shower and toilet are critical to help support someone when they move around the bathroom.
  • Mind the lighting. Make sure you have ample lighting in the bathroom with a minimal amount of glare.
  • Remember an elevated toilet seat. People with mobility impairments often find it difficult to stand up from a low-set toilet. Adapting to an elevated toilet seat is helpful and reduces the stress of sitting and standing. Wheelchair users will also find that a wide toilet seat is beneficial, as they can then rely on a lateral sliding transfer to move from the wheelchair to the toilet seat and back.
  • Consider extra accessories. Properly locating things like soap dishes, shaving stands and shower caddies will make using the bathroom more convenient and safe. Having your professional bathroom installer advise you on where to install accessories will eliminate the need to stretch or reach for soap or shaving cream, minimizing the risk of falling.
  • Use low-maintenance materials. When you remodel your bathroom, consider using modern materials that are easy to clean, are mildew-resistant, and have a lifetime guarantee. There are many available options for colors, patterns, and styles.

Having your bathroom remodeled may appear to be daunting, but certain companies, like Gold Medal Service, can create a fully customized bathroom with minimal difficulty in as little as one day. Bathroom remodeling is a timely and cost-effective solution for homeowners who need to adapt their bathroom making it safer and more convenient for someone with physical impairments to use, while increasing a home’s value.

For more tips and advice on one-day bathroom remodeling solutions, contact Gold Medal Service at 800-576-GOLD or visit www.goldmedalservice.com.

About Gold Medal Service 
Gold Medal Service was founded in 1994 with a vision to provide homeowners with a reliable and trustworthy home service company customers could count on to fix just about anything that could go wrong in a home. Since then, Gold Medal has grown to include more than 195 Service Expert Technicians, Installers, and employees solving plumbing, heating, cooling, electric, drain, sewer and waterproofing issues for homeowners across the state of New Jersey. Gold Medal Service is a Dave Lennox Award recipient, exclusive to the top 25 Lennox Premier Dealers throughout the Unites States and Canada. For more information, call 800-576-GOLD or visit www.goldmedalservice.com.

Air Quality Awareness Week

Thursday, May, 4th, 2017 at 3:03 PM by Gold Medal

Air Quality Awareness Week – Gold Medal Service Offers Advice

Leading New Jersey HVAC, plumbing and electrical company offers tips on how to improve the air homeowners can control – the indoor air

 EAST BRUNSWICK, N.J. – April 28, 2017 –Despite New Jersey’s efforts to improve air quality, ground level ozone continue to be the state’s most persistent air quality challenge. May 1-5 has been designated as New Jersey’s Air Quality Awareness Week. Gold Medal Service, a BBB A+ rated heating, cooling, plumbing and electrical service company is aware of the state of the air quality in New Jersey and the effects it may have on families. To maximize the clean air you breathe the company has developed a list of tips for improving your home’s indoor air quality.

“We need to protect our families by addressing the air we can control – the air inside our homes,” said Mike Agugliaro, co-owner of Gold Medal Service. “We have received numerous calls from concerned homeowners about this very subject; it’s a hot topic with our service experts. Gold Medal has the know-how and tools to help homeowners improve indoor air quality, reduce exposure to dangerous outdoor pollutants and allergens, and ensure that their family breathes clean air in their home.”

Agugliaro offers New Jersey homeowners these tips to improve indoor air quality:

  • Consider cleaning your air ducts – All of the air in your home makes its way through your central air duct system. These airways need to be cleaned at minimum every five to seven years while some homes with heavier exposure may require more frequent cleaning.
  • Use your air conditioner – Air conditioning systems actually help reduce the contaminants inside the home. It’s wise to have your AC unit checked by a licensed professional to ensure everything is working properly following the fall and winter season.
  • Replace the air filter – Changing air filters regularly is an inexpensive and quick way to help improve your indoor air quality. During times when you’re using your heat or AC 24/7, the professionals at Gold Medal Service recommend changing your filters once a month to maintain optimal air flow well and limit contaminants inside the home.
  • Consider an air purification system – A whole-home air purification system are incorporated into a home’s HVAC unit and virtually eliminates the allergens and toxins inside the home’s air.

For New Jersey residents, a heating and air conditioning professional can assess the air quality inside the home and help homeowners ensure their family is breathing clean, healthy air all the time.

About Gold Medal Service 
Gold Medal Service was founded by two New Jersey natives in 1994. Their vision was to provide homeowners with a reliable and trustworthy home service company customers could count on to fix just about anything that could go wrong in a home. Since then, Gold Medal has grown to include more than 195 employees and experts solving plumbing, heating, cooling, electric, drain, sewer and waterproofing issues for homeowners across the state of New Jersey. Gold Medal Service is a Dave Lennox Award recipient, exclusive to the top 25 Lennox Premier Dealers throughout the Unites States and Canada. For more information, call 800-576-GOLD or visit www.goldmedalservice.com.

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