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SERVPRO Tips: When it comes to sewage cleanup, SERVPRO is here for you

9/10/2020 (Permalink)

Sewage is one of the most dangerous substances to enter homes or buildings. It contains fungi, bacteria and viruses, many of which are disease-causing. Unfortunately, many people fail to understand the hazards that sewage presents, particularly for the very young or very old, or for those with compromised immune systems or respiratory problems.

The IICRC has compiles guidelines for professional sewage cleanup called the Standard for Water Damage Restoration (S500).

Here are the key principles you should know about sewage back-ups:

Sewage contains a variety of pathogenic- disease causing- fungi, bacteria, viruses and parasites. Anyone who works on sewage losses must have updated vaccinations, including one for Hepatitis B.

Sewage exposure is particularly dangerous for people with weakened immune systems, including anyone under two or over 60, those who are pregnant, ill, recovering from surgery, on prescription drugs or chemotherapy, or are AIDS victims.

It is not safe to stay in a building that's flooded with sewage unless the contaminated area can be completely sealed off and placed under controlled air flow so that there will be no cross contamination of unaffected areas.

Highly absorbent sewage-saturated materials, such as carpet, pad, upholstery, bedding, wicker, paper, or even fabrics that can't be washed in hot water (130 F/54 C) for at least 10 minutes, must be contained and disposed of properly. This goes for sewage-saturated drywall, insulation and several other structural materials too. There's simply too great a health risk involved if any of these materials are dried in place and cleaned only.

Only the most highly trained professionals should attempt sewage remediation work. Then, a "third party" indoor environmental professional can provide post-remediation verification or "clearance testing" to ensure that the home or building is safe to re-occupy.

Special training and equipment is necessary to safely clean this type of contamination. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO's Corporate Training Facility to regular IICRC industry certifications, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

So give us a call! We are faster to any disaster and are here to help get you back to "Like it never even happened." 

Why do business owners choose SERVPRO?

9/10/2020 (Permalink)

When a business needs to contact an insurance agent to file a claim, most will receive a recommendation for SERVPRO. While there are many reasons that this remediation service has such a sterling reputation among industry professionals, there are at least four reasons the decision-makers hold the company in such high regard.

  1. Rapid response
  2. Certification
  3. Vendor requirements
  4. Claims information center

4 Reasons the Decision-Makers Trust SERVPRO


Rapid Response

When a disaster occurs, response time is crucial. A company needs to protect the remainder of the facility to ensure claim approval, but if too much time passes, the business opens itself up to accusations of lax mitigation protocols, making approval difficult. A business needs a company with a pristine reputation to make it to the building quickly, putting mitigation procedures into effect that will protect the claim.

Certification

Your company's insurance agent most likely knows that SERVPRO is certified through the IICRC, the certification body known for restoration and remediation standards across the industry. The certification speaks to the professionalism and knowledge of this vendor and its franchisees.

Vendor Requirements

Beyond the IICRC certification, the Faster to Any Disaster professional has an established and popular vendor program. Franchisees must adhere to 21 guidelines before they can receive referrals from the company. Some of these requirements include IICRC training, employee background checks and commercial insurance.

Claims Information Center

The business famous for the "Like it never even happened," adage also goes out of its way to make the claims process approachable for insurers and clients. The claims information center is a digital portal, allowing for shared messaging and updates on existing and past projects. The system benefits insurers because it is a one-stop-shop for research and data analysis.

SERVPRO is a well-known disaster mitigation and restoration specialist, and you should not be surprised if your insurance agent suggests the company for your next damage claim. Call on the Faster to Any Disaster brand for more information or a building assessment.

So call us! We are faster to any disaster and are here to help get you back to "Like it never even happened." It's what we do! 

Why SERVPRO? We take pride in everything we do

9/10/2020 (Permalink)

At SERVPRO we take pride in our craftsmanship and customer service. Our staff is in love with being the hero in the time of crisis. From top to bottom our organization truly cares for its customers and spares no expense in equipment or fatigue of body providing top quality service to every client and their families.

We have years of experience with disasters across the country and a special place in our hearts for our hometown. We have cultivated relationships across venues in order to make our quality of services known to everyone we encounter. We are ONE TEAM with one goal. From the owner to the new guy we will raise the bar for our industry.   

So give us a call! We are faster to any disaster and are here to help get you back to "Like it never even happened." 

Why SERVPRO? We help when others can't/won't!

9/10/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO is fully licensed, bonded, and insured to provide biohazard cleanup services. We understand the precise disposal of biohazard waste and are discreet and professional after any trauma or crime scene event. Known nationwide for our professionalism and courtesy, we work with all city agencies and your insurance to provide a smooth hands-off process for our clients.

What is Biohazard Cleanup?

Blood and other bodily waste can contain diseases known as bloodborne pathogens. Cleaning of a crime scene or trauma is done by professionals and is covered by most insurance companies. It is important to have a professional licensed mitigator on-site to ensure proper cleaning and disposal of affected materials. Trust SERVPRO to get your property cleaned and decontaminated.

So give us a call! We are faster to any disaster and we are here to help get you back to "Like it never even happened."

SERVPRO Tips: Regular property maintenance is crucial to mitigating storm damage

9/10/2020 (Permalink)

Exterior maintenance is an ongoing concern for commercial property owners. The issue becomes even more important when storms threaten. The best way to avoid expensive trouble, especially during seasons of high winds and extreme weather, is to schedule routine inspections. This makes it possible for property owners to target problems before they get to be too large.

Some crucial areas to target include

  • Membranes, such as on roofs and around windows
  • Drains; watch for debris and other things that lead to clogs
  • Aging roof shingles
  • Foundations; watch for cracks and weak areas

Regular Maintenance

Whether you perform visual inspections yourself or schedule inspections through professional construction and damage remediation professionals, it's important to keep your building maintained. For example, keep the areas around exterior appliances and electrical equipment clear, for easy access and for a clear view during inspections. Other inspection maintenance should include trimming trees and shrubbery, clearing out rain gutters and spouts, and providing access to doors and windows.

Potential Trouble

During the building inspection, watch for problem areas, and plan for potential risks. For example, intruders often take advantage of times of crisis to break into properties. Be sure you can secure doors and windows quickly when storms hit. You may also want to learn more about how storms affect buildings. For example, during tornadoes, buildings may become pressurized, causing windows to burst. 

Other trouble spots may include the following:

  • Power lines that could fall onto your buildings
  • Tree branches that may break off during storms
  • Weaknesses in the property perimeter

Professional Advice

It's important to note any suggestions and recommendations made by the professionals during a building inspection. In addition to tips about exterior maintenance, you may get valuable information about reducing property damage when storms arise and decreasing any risks to personnel, customers, and inventory.

Regular inspection and exterior maintenance schedule could prevent expensive damages. Don't wait for storm warnings to prompt action. 

So give us a call! We are faster to any disaster and are here to help get you back to "Like it never even happened." 

Nature can be brutal, but SERVPRO is here to help!

9/4/2020 (Permalink)

Spring showers can lead to severe storms and the flooding of your home. We’re #HeretoHelp mitigate the resulting water damage to keep your shelter sturdy and safe. If a storm tears through your neighborhood, SERVPRO is here to get your home or commercial business back in working order. SERVPRO can handle any size disaster. If you have any questions or concerns, let us know by giving us a call. Don't hesitate to call us when disaster strikes. We are always #HereToHelp!

SERVPRO specializes in the cleanup and restoration of commercial and residential property after a water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

We are faster to any disaster and are here to help get you back to "Like it never even happened."

SERVPRO Tips: What to do if water damage strikes your home

8/22/2020 (Permalink)

Nobody plans on having water damage interrupt their lives, but it happens each and every day. Here are some tips on what to do should water damage strike your home!

WHAT TO DO UNTIL HELP ARRIVES:
-Shut off the water source if possible.
-Remove excess water by mopping and blotting.
-Remove and prop up wet upholstery cushions for even drying.
-Place aluminum foil or wood blocks under furniture legs.
-Hang furs and leather goods separately at room temperature.
-Remove Oriental or other colored rugs from wet carpeting.
-Do not use a regular vacuum to remove water.
-Do not turn on ceiling fixtures if the ceiling is wet, and keep out of areas where ceilings are sagging from retained water.
-Do not leave books, magazines, or other colored items on wet carpeting.

WHAT TO EXPECT FROM SERVPRO of Howard and Tipton Counties:
-Your First Responder is being dispatched to contact you and come to your location to assess the damage and begin mitigation services.

-Once mitigation services have begun, your First Responder will determine a drying plan to expedite drying and get you back to your normal routine of life.

-We expect under normal circumstances for drying to take place between 3 to 5 days. Your First Responder will advise you if it appears that drying time may exceed this goal.

-After initial services have been performed, a daily site visit will be necessary to ensure we are meeting or exceeding the drying plan and all equipment is functioning to the highest capacity.

-Upon completion of the drying plan, your water damage manager will meet with you on-site to ensure you are satisfied with all services performed.

So give us a call! We are faster to any disaster and are here to help get you back to "Like it never even happened."

SERVPRO Tips: Mitigating the danger of your dryer

8/22/2020 (Permalink)

According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), "between 2010 - 2014, USA fire departments responded to an estimated 15,970 home fires involving clothes dryers or washing machines each year.  These fires resulted in annual losses estimated at 13 deaths, 440 injuries, and $238 million in property damage. Clothes dryers accounted for 92% of the fires; washing machines 4%, and washer/dryer combinations accounted for 5%." One-third of the dryer fires were caused by the simple failure to clean them.

“Fires involving clothes dryers usually started with the ignition of something that was being dried or was a byproduct (such as lint) of drying.”

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) offers free safety tip and fact sheets along with a Clothes Dryer safety video.

If a fire does strike your home or business, give the professionals of SERVPRO of Howard and Tipton Counties a call! We are faster to any disaster and are here to help get you back to "Like it never even happened."

SERVPRO Tips: Keeping Your Workplace Safe

8/22/2020 (Permalink)

Winter is just around the corner, and it is important to have a plan to keep your workspace safe! Listed below are a few tips we wanted to share to keep your workplace safe this winter season.

  • Unplug all space/portable heaters.
  • Keep your work area free of waste paper, trash and other items that can easily catch fire.
  • Check on your electrical cords.
  • Don't overload your circuits.
  • Turn off electrical appliances at the end of each day.
  • Keep heat-producing equipment away from anything that might burn.
  • Turn off the coffee pot.
  • Unplug wall scents.
  • Make sure all candles are blown out at the end of the day.
  • Have an emergency escape plan for all employees.
  • Make sure EXIT signs are posted and all employees are aware of the exit doors.
  • Check your fire extinguishers and make sure they have not expired.
  • Turn off all decorations and lights at the end of the day.

These are just a few things we can all do to help prevent unwanted fires to start. By implementing these simple tasks we can KEEP OUR WORKPLACE SAFE!

If disaster does strike your business this winter or any time, give the professionals at SERVPRO of Howard and Tipton Counties a call! We are faster to any disaster and are here to help get you back to "Like it never even happened."

Rains brings leaks, but SERVPRO of Howard and Tipton Counties is here for you

8/22/2020 (Permalink)

During heavy rains and winds, shingles can lift and be damaged in the storm. If the storm is not big enough to cause a leak at the time of damaging shingles, your home could be subject to slow leaks every time it rains. As a homeowner, you may not know of the leak if your attic is not a room you visit often.

SERVPRO sees it all too often when a roof was damaged a few months back and the next heavy rain causes it to rain right in the living room of the home. 

SERVPRO can offer assistance in roof tarping, water remediation, and reconstruction services for your homeowner's claims. We are faster to any disaster and are here to help get you back to "Like it never even happened." We are ready to put our experience, equipment, and expertise to work for you!