Get Covered Before the Storms!
The following information was adapted from the United States Department of Homeland Security's website:
"Every part of the United States is at risk for winter flooding. Since many people are focused primarily on ice and snow this time of year, this is the time to remind customers to think about their winter flood risk.
Floods are the number one natural disaster in the United States. Flooding causes damage and destruction across regions nationwide—wiping out homes, businesses and personal financial resources.
Residents need to know that they can take steps to protect their property and financial security before disaster strikes. However, many residents who are eligible for protection are unaware they can get flood insurance."
Make sure you have some type of coverage before more inclement weather hits our region!
Contact SERVPRO for information on how you can set up an ERP before disaster strikes!
Is Your Property Vulnerable to Flooding?
One of the biggest issues that stem from winter storms are that areas can succumb to vast amounts of flooding, causing huge issues for property owners who are left to deal with the aftermath.
Some causes of winter flooding include ice jams and rapid snowmelt; the latter has been the cause in our region, due to the weather fluctuating as often as it does.
However, experts are anticipating one helluva' winter, saying it could be one of the worst we've seen in quite some time. If this is the cause, flooding will be inevitable in susceptible areas.
If you live in an area that floods easily, your property could possibly be in danger of being damaged due to flood water.
Contact your local SERVPRO and ask about our ERP, an Emergency Ready Plan that will make sure you have a system to follow if disaster ever should strike — and its FREE!
The Science Behind Winter Flooding
Did you know winds generated from winter storms can cause widespread tidal flooding and severe beach erosion along coastal areas?
While rapid snow melts and ice jams are typically blamed for flooding, the wind is not usually mentioned as a possible cause.
One of the best examples of this type of flooding occurring can be seen in the Great Lakes; winter storms can provide really strong winds that lift water levels higher on one side of the lake, causing this phenomenon known as a storm surge.
During the surge, water levels flow back to a normal level, causing a pendulum effect to take place. High water levels then begin to alternate from one side of the lake to the other until a balance returns and all is calm.
If you live in areas that are vulnerable to flooding caused by storm surges, or general flooding, contact your local SERVPRO and ask about our ERP!
Not Your Ordinary Restoration Company!
Here, at SERVPRO, everything we do is different than your typical restoration company — and this fact is ever apparent through every level of our business!
We boast a highly skilled staff, who are well-trained in using our state-of-the-art equipment and are available to be dispatched to your location 24 hours a day, all year round!
Having a staff that is this well-versed in working in an assortment of conditions, both hazardous and routine, allows us to tackle even the largest of losses!
You can rely on us to take on whatever job you need handling, and we promise to give it our best effort in order to get your property back to preloss conditions!
Call your local SERVPRO today for all of your restoration and remediation needs!
You Can Count On Us!
Did you know that SERVPRO has been in business and helping property owners tackle their losses for over 50 years?
Since we've opened, more than 1,700 franchises have erected and are stationed around the country to be able to assist all those who need to recover from damages to their homes or businesses.
Every franchise is open 24/7/365, which is one of the best ways to make sure we are able to assist you, even when you need us most! No loss is too small or too large, either, we'll tackle your damaged property head-on to get you back up and running!
Be sure to remember your local SERVPRO franchise for all of your water and fire restoration, or mold remediation services!
10 Things You Should be Thankful For:
For Thanksgiving this year, be sure to reflect on all of the things that led you up to that fulfilling dinner tomorrow night.
We took it upon ourselves to find a list of things that you should definitely be thankful for if you are blessed enough to have these things going on in your life!
- Holidays where you can spend time with the important people in life.
- Having a romantic partner or spouse who is there for you
- Being surrounded by friends and family
- Your children
- Having access to clean, drinkable water
- Not being hungry and having an abundance of food
- Having a roof over your head and safe place to live
- Your parents who raised and molded you in the person you are today
- Kindness from strangers and random acts of kindness
- Mistakes that helped you grow as a person
These things to be thankful for were adapted from developgoodhabits.com, where there are even more things to be thankful for — 205 more things, to be exact!
10 MORE Things to be Thankful For!
We decided to expand the last list of things you should be thankful for by giving you 10 MORE!
We realize that not all of these things may resonate with you or have any relation to what goes on in your immediate life; disregard the things that may not occur with you, but be sure to hold onto the things that do!
- Modern conveniences that weren't available even a century ago (electricity, indoor plumbing, air conditioning)
- Having full use of your senses like eye-sight, hearing, and taste
- A new book
- Not being hungry and having an abundance of food
- The ability to learn something new
- The kindness of strangers
- A warm campfire on a cold night camping
- Feeling of acceptance
- The beauty of a work of art that moves you
- Making a final payment on a loan
We hope you found something that you found to be dear to your heart; make sure to give thanks and be thankful during this holiday season!
Post Fire Hazards: Electronics!
As you investigate the damage that a fire caused in your home or business, it is important to remember that fire-damaged electronics can present a serious hazard!
You SHOULD NOT attempt to turn on or operate any electrical device that you suspect has been damaged by fire. Smoke residues can contain acids that corrode metal surfaces; if the residues are not removed, corrosion causes electronic failure in the device.
Do not try and clean these items, either. A SERVPRO Franchise will coordinate the restoration of your electronics, including: Television sets, DVD players, Computers, and more!
The key to restoring electronics is taking prompt action to prevent further damage. Electronics will be cleaned and inspected by a qualified electronics technician and returned to you if we deem the safe to use!
Restoring Your Property with SERVPRO!
SERVPRO is committed to protecting your business while we restore your property!
We know that damage to the properties you manage could leave your tenants displaced or your client's business out of commission indefinitely. Our professionals work efficiently to minimize the disruption and restore your facility to preloss conditions as soon as possible. We'll help you protect the security and safety of your facility and your clients.
Our vast experience includes jobs that pertain but are not limited to: Total Project Management, Facilities Cleaning and Restoration, Flooding and Water Damage Cleanup, Biohazard Remediation, Odor Removal, Air Ducts and HVAC Cleaning, Mold Removal , Smoke and Soot Cleanup, Document and Records Recovery, Vandalism Cleanup, and Post-construction Cleanup!
Call your local SERVPRO if you find that you need help restoring your commercial property!
The following information was adapted from SERVPRO's Corporate website:
Microscopic mold spores exist almost everywhere, outdoors and indoors, making it impossible to remove all mold from a home or business. Some restoration businesses advertise “mold removal” and even guarantee to remove all mold, which is a fallacy. Consider the following mold facts:
- Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.
- Mold spores are microscopic and float along in the air, and may enter your home through windows, doors, or AC/heating systems or even hitch a ride indoors on your clothing or on a pet.
- Mold spores thrive on moisture. Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water.
- Before mold remediation can begin, any sources of water or moisture must be addressed. Otherwise, the mold may return.
- Mold often produces a strong, musty odor and can lead you to possible mold problem areas.
- Even higher-than-normal indoor humidity can support mold growth. Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent.