Severe Weather Safety Tips
Your insureds are your number one priority. And, as their agent, you do everything in your power to help ensure they are properly covered. With storm season upon us (March through June), it’s a good opportunity for you to review their policies and reinforce how essential it is to be properly covered. It’s good to be equipped with severe weather safety tips. Should severe weather strike your home or business, the heroes at SERVPRO® of Lincoln & Warren Counties can be there to make the damage “Like it never even happened.” But it’s vitally important to know what steps to take to help keep you, your customers and their homes safe. As a result, it may help reduce your number of claims.
According to noaa.org, severe weather can happen anywhere and at any time. Each year, Americans cope with an average of the following intense storms*:
◊ 10,000 severe thunderstorms
◊ 5,000 floods or flash floods
◊ 1,300 tornadoes
◊ 2 landfalling deadly hurricanes
According to noaa.org, approximately 98% of all presidentially declared disasters are weather-related resulting in around 650 deaths per year and nearly $15 billion in damage. Knowing your risk of severe weather, taking action, and being an example are just a few steps you can take to be better prepared to save your life and assist in saving the lives of others.
Here are some simple yet helpful tips to follow:
Know your risk
The first step to becoming weather-ready is to understand the type of hazardous weather that can affect where you live and work, and how the weather can impact you, your business, and your family. Check the weather forecast regularly, obtain a NOAA Weather Radio, and learn about Wireless Emergency Alerts in your area. Severe weather comes in many forms, and your shelter plan should include all types of local hazard scenarios.
Take the next step in severe weather preparedness by creating a communications plan for your home and business. Put together or purchase an emergency kit. Keep important papers and valuables in a safe place.
Be an example
Once you have taken action to prepare for severe weather, share your story on social media. Your preparedness efforts may inspire others to do the same.
Not only is it a good idea for you to be prepared, but it’s also a good idea for your business to be prepared. And we have the ideal solution: an Emergency Ready Profile (ERP). SERVPRO® of Lincoln & Warren Counties is your exclusive ERP partner. Having one in place at your facility can help minimize business interruption in the event of a disaster. Furthermore, here are three additional benefits:
- Helps ensure you’re “Ready for whatever happens.”
- Helps save time and money.
- It’s FREE.
Just contact our marketing team, and we can implement yours!
We hope you found these severe weather safety tips to be beneficial. If severe weather causes water damage and/or storm damage to your home or business, the heroes here at SERVPRO® of Lincoln & Warren Counties can help make the damage “Like it never even happened.” Our team is always “Ready for whatever happens!” We’re available 24/7, 365 days of the year for all your emergency needs. Just call 636-456-3422.
Are you flood ready
Floods are one of the most common and widespread natural disasters in the United States. Whether your home or business is near a coastline, along city streets, in the mountains, near a river or even in the desert, there is always potential for flood damage. So, it’s important that you be flood smart. If there’s storm or flood damage at your residential or commercial property, SERVPRO® of Lincoln & Warren Counties is Ready for Whatever Happens
Floodsmart.gov reports, in the last five years, all 50 states have experienced floods or flash floods. According to the American Red Cross (ARC), floods cause more damage in the U.S. every year than any other weather-related disaster. The ARC offers the following three flood safety tips.
- Stay away from floodwaters. If you approach a flowing stream where water is above your ankles, stop, turn around and go another way. Six inches of swiftly moving water can sweep you off of your feet.
- If you approach a flooded road while driving, turn around and go another way. If you are caught on a flooded road and waters are rising rapidly around you, get out of the car quickly and move to higher ground. Most cars can be swept away by less than two feet of moving water.
- Keep children out of the water. They are curious and often lack judgment about running water or contaminated water.
Remember to always be flood smart. If a flood strikes your home or business, contact your local SERVPRO® of Lincoln & Warren Counties. Even minor floods have the potential to cause major damage to a structure when not treated quickly and properly, and the cleanup is often an overwhelming task. Our heroes are prepared to handle any size disaster. When flooding or storm damage takes control of your life, we help you take it back. Call us anytime: 636-456-3422.
SERVPRO is Here to Help during your time of need
During this unprecedented time caused by the global pandemic of coronavirus, this is a reminder to our customers that we are specialists in cleaning services, and we adhere to the highest cleaning and sanitation standards.
We are prepared to clean and disinfect your home or business, according to protocols set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. We have years of experience in dealing with biological contaminants, and we will go beyond the scope of work that regular janitorial staff perform on a daily basis.
The CDC encourages cleaning of high-touch surfaces such as counters, tabletops, doorknobs, light switches, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards, tablets and tables. Other spaces mentioned in the CDC’s guidance for commercial spaces include:
- Kitchen/Food Areas
- Retail Spaces
- Water Fountains
- Sales Counters
- Carpets and Rugs
- Stair Handrails
- Elevator Cars
- Playground Equipment
- Fitness Equipment
The CDC recommends usage of a labeled hospital-grade disinfectant with claims against similar pathogens to the coronavirus. Multiple products in the SERVPRO product line carry the EPA-approved emerging pathogens claims. While there is currently no product tested against this particular strain of the coronavirus, we are following all guidelines as provided by the CDC and local authorities.
Call Today for a Proactive Cleaning
If your home or business needs deep cleaning services, call the experts today – SERVPRO of Lincoln & Warren Counties 636-456-3422
Have a Safe Christmas
Always Keep Safety In Mind
For many families, lights and Christmas trees are an essential part of the holidays, but they can also cause dangerous fires. A dried-out tree, an unattended candle, or a frayed wire can spark a blaze, resulting in considerable fire damage restoration bills and serious injuries. Below are a few ways to keep your family safe this holiday season.
How to Avoid Fires During the Holidays
1. Service Your Furnace
While your furnace sits unused through most of the year, dust accumulates on the burners and coils, increasing the risk of a fire. Before you start running the heater full-time, have a professional examine the system, clean the components, and make any necessary repairs to keep your system safe.
2. Be Careful With Holiday Lights
Many fire damage restoration projects start because the homeowner plugged too many strands of lights together, overloading the outlet. Before plugging in your holiday lights, be sure the outlet can handle the voltage, and always turn them when you go to bed.
3. Water the Tree
Every year, fire departments across the country respond to hundreds of fires caused by Christmas trees, which can ignite in a matter of minutes. Keeping your tree watered throughout the season will make it less flammable, potentially preventing a life-threatening fire.
4. Stay With Cooking Food
Many holiday fires also start in the kitchen, so be especially careful when preparing meals. Don’t leave cooking food unattended on the stove or in the oven, and keep small children out of the area when you’re working.
If your home has a fire this holiday season, trust the experts at SERVPRO of Lincoln & Warren Counties to restore your house and possessions. Their fire damage restoration professionals use the most advanced equipment on the market and apply proven techniques to eliminate all traces of the unfortunate incident. Visit their website for more on their fire damage restoration services, get more tips and updates on Facebook, or call (636) 456-3422 for prompt, effective service.
Your Fire Damage Restoration Company
Fire damage to home in Lincoln county. We can help if this happens to you.
There’s a fire at your home or business. You realize everything you’ve worked so hard for, everything you’ve saved for, everything you’ve built there may be damaged. You’re overwhelmed and trying to process everything. It leaves you contemplating your next action step. Who do you call? You call SERVPRO® of Lincoln & Warren Counties. We are Here to Help you and your family throughout the entire journey. We are your professional and experienced fire restoration company. This is what we do. We help put lives back together.
Whether you have residential fire damage or commercial fire damage, you need a company that will be able to respond quickly. And the team at SERVPRO® of Lincoln & Warren Counties do just that -- and more. With this type of damage, quick response time is vital. You can have confidence knowing that we have the capacity to handle any size job -- residential or commercial. We are faster to any size disaster.
Commercial restoration presents unique challenges, but the team at SERVPRO® of Lincoln & Warren Counties know how to effectively and efficiently tackle it. We have proven processes in place. We have the training, experience, and equipment to handle large commercial fire damage emergencies. Whether your fire emergency occurs in a restaurant, motel, or office building, we will respond quickly to mitigate the damage and manage the restoration project through to its completion.
We understand emergencies do not occur at regular business hours. That’s why we are available to respond 24/7 for those emergencies that may happen at 3:07 a.m. or noon or, perhaps, while you’re on vacation. We are here for you.
SERVPRO® of Lincoln & Warren Counties is your local fire restoration company. We can restore your home or business to pre-fire condition. If you find yourself in need of fire mitigation and restoration services we are here to help. Simply call us at 636-456-3422
Up to the Challenge
When we get called out to a water damage job we never know exactly what we will encounter. There are a few things we run into that complicate the process. That can be something like limited power available for our use with our drying equipment. When that happens sometimes we can use our power box that plugs into the customers 220v dryer outlet and gives us additional power to use. If that's not available we can use a generator. If the job is to far out that can be logistically not productive to make trips to keep the generator fueled up and monitored. So sometimes it extends the dry time because we are using less equipment. It could also be multilayered floors. We have been to jobs were there were 5 layers of different materials on the floor. When that is the case it usually requires additional demolition. When all those layers get wet it usually has to be opened up to get it to dry. Which of course adds to the total cost of the job with the reconstruction that will be needed.
Whatever unique circumstance we find our team will do whatever it takes to get it dry and put back together as soon as possible
Resources to Handle Storm Damage Situations
When Storms or Floods hit Lincoln, Warren, Montgomery, or Gasconade Counties SERVPRO of Lincoln & Warren Counties is Ready For What Ever Happens!
SERVPRO of Lincoln & Warren Counties specializes in storm and flood damage restoration. Our team is highly trained, and we use specialized equipment to restore your property to its pre-storm condition.
Since we are locally owned and operated, we are able to respond quicker with the right resources, which is extremely important. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces the restoration cost.
When storms hit anywhere in our 4 county area, we can scale our resources to handle a large storm or flooding disaster. We can access equipment and personnel from a network of 1,650 Franchises across the country and elite Disaster Recovery Teams that are strategically located throughout the United States.
Have Storm or Flood Damage? Our Team is Ready for What Ever Happens. Give us a call at (636)-456-3422
Stay Safe on Thanksgiving
Each November, families gather to celebrate Thanksgiving by preparing a delicious feast, but if you don’t practice safe cooking habits, your happy holiday could become hazardous very quickly. According to the National Fire Protection Association, cooking is the main cause for home fires and injuries, with Thanksgiving being the peak day for cooking-related fires. Review the following safety tips to help ensure you can enjoy a safe holiday.
--Never leave cooking food unattended–stay in the kitchen when frying, grilling or broiling food. If someone must leave the kitchen for even a short period of time, they should turn off the stove.
--Check food regularly while cooking and remain in the home while cooking. Use a timer as a reminder that the stove or oven is on.
--Keep the kids away from the cooking area. Enforce a “kid-free zone” and make them stay at least three feet away from the stove.
--Keep anything flammable–pot holders, oven mitts, wooden utensils, paper or plastic bags, food packaging, and towels or curtains—away from the stove, oven or any other appliance in the kitchen that generates heat.
--Do not wear loose clothing or dangling sleeves while cooking. n Clean cooking surfaces on a regular basis to prevent grease buildup.
--If using the deep frying method of cooking your turkey be sure to do this outside, not in your garage, and away from anything that could catch fire. Be very sure your turkey is fully thawed before placing it into the hot oil.
--Purchase a fire extinguisher to keep in the kitchen. Contact the local fire department for training on the proper use of extinguishers.
--Always check the kitchen before going to bed or leaving the home to make sure all stoves, ovens, and small appliances are turned off.
--Install a smoke alarm near the kitchen, on each level of the home, near sleeping areas and inside and outside bedrooms. Use the test button to check it each month. Replace all batteries at least once a year. SERVPRO of Lincoln and Warren Counties wishes you a happy and safe holiday!
Why SERVPRO of Lincoln & Warren Counties? Experience.
Why SERVPRO of Lincoln & Warren Counties? Experience. Our qualified team is here for your home or business.
Why SERVPRO of Lincoln & Warren Counties? Experience in fire damage. Experience in water damage. Experience in mold remediation. Experience in storm damage. Experience in commercial services. Experience in professionalism. Experience in being helpful. Experience in problem-solving. Experience in being efficient. Experience in being effective. Experience in customer service. Experience in creating happy customers.
With many years of combined experience -- and counting -- in the Fire & Water - Cleanup & Restoration industry, if you have fire or water damage at your home or business, you’ll want a company you can trust and one with a major component: experience. You want a company with credibility, history, a solid reputation and qualified experts. And that’s SERVPRO of Lincoln & Warren Counties.
Experience in Fire Damage & Restoration
SERVPRO of Lincoln & Warren Counties has experience in fire damage and restoration. We have the specific damage restoration training, personnel, and equipment and can quickly restore your home or business to pre-fire condition. In addition to fire, smoke, and soot damage, your residential or commercial property may also suffer from water damage as a result of the firefighting efforts. And we’re well-equipped to handle that, too.
Experience in Water Damage & Restoration
SERVPRO of Lincoln & Warren Counties has experience in water damage restoration. When your home or business has water damage from flooding or leaks, you need the company that can respond immediately and has the expertise and equipment to properly restore your property. SERVPRO of Lincoln & Warren Counties uses advanced water damage inspection and extraction equipment to help us find the moisture and to remove it as quickly as possible. Our highly trained team will monitor and document the drying process so that you know your property is back to normal.
Experience in Mold Remediation & Restoration
SERVPRO of Lincoln & Warren Counties has experience in mold remediation and restoration. When a home or business suffers a water damage event, a mold infestation can quickly arise and begin to spread in 48-72 hours. Because mold can produce allergens and irritants, you will want a professional who has training and experience to properly resolve the mold infestation. If you suspect that your residential property or business has a mold problem, SERVPRO of Lincoln & Warren Counties can inspect, assess and remediate your property.
Experience in Storm Damage & Restoration
SERVPRO of Lincoln & Warren Counties has experience in storm damage restoration. Storm and flood damage require specialized restoration techniques and equipment. When a storm hits your Lincoln, Warren, Montgomery, or Gasconade County, home or business, you need the company with storm damage experience and expertise. SERVPRO of Lincoln & Warren Counties can respond immediately to storm and flooding conditions.
Experience in Commercial Services
Our team of highly trained restoration specialists has experience in commercial services. Cleaning and restoring commercial properties require a unique blend of training, experience, and equipment. SERVPRO of Lincoln & Warren Counties has the resources and expertise to give you excellent results while minimizing the disruption to your clients.
We can help make it “Like it never even happened” for any of the following:
- Office Buildings
- Apartment Buildings
- Retail Stores
- Large Retail/Big-Box Stores
- Manufacturing & Industrial
Our team has a high degree of professionalism. No matter where you may encounter our staff, we represent the company with the utmost respect. We understand the importance of being professional in all settings. We are extremely helpful to our customers. In fact, being helpful is one word that many of our happy customers expressed in our Certificate of Satisfaction (COS). We are there to help you, to serve you. And when there is a problem with fire damage, water damage, mold damage, storm damage at your home or business, our team knows how to effectively and efficiently resolve that problem. We know how to make it “Like it never even happened.” One of the many things we pride ourselves on is customer satisfaction. We always put our customers first, make them our #1 priority. We are advocates in creating happy customers. To create happy customers is a mantra we firmly stand behind 100%. That’s part of our mission, part of our goal every day.
Our team is our biggest asset. They come to the rescue when your residential or commercial property faces a fire damage or water damage. They even come to the rescue if your home or business needs mold remediation, carpet cleaning or any other general cleaning services. SERVPRO of Lincoln & Warren Counties’ is faster to any size disaster.
Fire damage, water damage, mold damage, storm damage, or any type of damage for that matter, at your home or business can be upsetting and destructive. It can leave you feeling stressed, confused, and vulnerable. When it does, you’ll need a caring expert with experience to guide you through this crisis. SERVPRO of Lincoln & Warren Counties will treat you with respect and empathy, and we’ll always treat your home, business and belongings with care. We’re with you throughout your entire journey. We help to make that unpleasant situation into a pleasant experience. Go with the company that has a diverse portfolio of experience. Experience the SERVPRO of Lincoln & Warren Counties’ way. Call us at 636-456-3422
We Can Help With Your Water Damage
The first 24 hours following a water loss are the most important in preventing secondary or permanent damage. Within four hours of loss notification, we will be on-site to help ensure a water damage is handled by completing our extensive service plan. SERVPRO will inspect affected areas to determine the extent of water damage and will review the inspection with you to answer any questions before beginning any work. SERVPRO will take steps to help protect your home or business, as well as personal belongings and other contents, from further damage by extracting the excess water and preparing the area for drying. We will explain the needed emergency services to you step-by-step. MONITORING To help ensure your home or business and belongings are dried to appropriate industry standards. SERVPRO will monitor the drying process. The updates will be consistently communicated to you. SERVPRO will repair structural materials, reinstall carpets, and clean affected areas of your property and belongings. A final walk-through of the jobsite will be conducted with you to help ensure the property was returned to preloss condition.
- Shut off the water source if possible or contact a qualified party to stop the water source.
- Turn off circuit breakers for wet areas of the building when access to the power distribution panel is safe from electrical shock.
- Remove as much excess water as possible by mopping and blotting.
- Place aluminium foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting.
- Move any paintings, art objects, computers, documents, and other sensitive valuables to a dry place.
- Don’t enter affected areas if electrical outlets, switches, circuit breakers, or electrical equipment are exposed to water.
- Always avoid electrical shock hazards. Don’t use your household vacuum cleaner to remove water; this could cause electrical shock or damage to the vacuum cleaner.
- Don’t turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet or enter rooms where ceilings are sagging from retained water.