We are Ready To 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. They 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.
Have you made a resolution?
With each new year, may people resolve to better themselves or some part of their life. This year, make a resolution to be READY. No one ever plans on a disaster, but you can prepare for it. The SERVPRO Emergency Ready Profile, ERP will ensure you are 'Ready for Whatever Happens" in 2021.
In the event of an emergency the ERP can help minimize business interruption by having an immediate plan of action in place for your facility. The ERP is a comprehensive document containing critical information about your business, including emergency contacts, shut off valve locations and priority areas. The ERP also establishes SERVPRO of Lincoln and Warren Counties as your disaster mitigation and restoration provider, giving you access to over 45 years experience and a System more than 1800 Franchises strong. The ERP is a no-cost assessment; and all it requires is a little time, making it a great value that could save you time and money in the future. By downloading the SERVPRO READY App, this information is stored electronically and can be accessed using your mobile device putting help at your fingertips.
Preparation is the key to making it through any size disaster, whether it is a small water leak, a large fire or an area flood. Having a plan in place may help minimize the amount of time your business is inactive and get your back in the building following a disaster. Don't wait until disaster strikes-Resolve to be READY. Call SERVPRO of Lincoln and Warren Counties to establish your Emergency READY Profile, and be "Ready for whatever happens" in 2021.
Advantages of the SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile:
-A no-cost assessment of your facility
-A concise profile document containing only the critical information needed in the event of an emergency
-A guide to help you get back into your building following a disaster
-Establishe SERVPRO of Lincoln & Warren Counyies as your disaster mitigation and restoration provider
-Identification of the line of command for authorizing work to begin
-Provides facility details such as shut-off valve locations, priority areas and priority contact information.
Flooding that comes with spring is right around the corner
Floods are one of the most common and widespread natural disaster 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. Fema.gov reports that in the last 5 years, all 50 states have experienced floods or flash floods. Just because you haven't experienced a flood in the past does not mean you wont in the future. In fact, nearly 20% of all flood insurance claims come from moderate to low risk areas, and even just one inch of flood damage in an average home can cost tens of thousands of dollars. According to the American Red Cross, floods cause more damage in the U.S. every year than any other weather related disaster. For more information you can visit www.fema.gov
Are you ready for the COLD?
Cold weather can have a huge impact on your home or business if you are not properly prepared. Whether it is freezing temperatures, damaging winds,sleet or snow, all can cause serious property damage. While you can’t control the weather, you can take the steps to be prepared, and help take the sting out of winter weather. To help prevent costly damages due to weather, consider taking the following precautions before winter weather hits (again…)
- Inspect property, especially walkways and parking lots, for proper drainage to alleviate flood hazard potential. ( Protect water pipes from freezing by simply allowing water to drip when temperatures dip below freezing. If pipes are under a cabinet, leave the cabinets doors open allowing warm air inside to circulate around the pipes. If the building has outdoor faucet, consider shutting the water off at the main valve in the basement or crawl space. Once the valve is off, open the outdoor faucet to ensure it drains, preventing any remaining water from freezing the pipe.)
If you have a leak from a frozen pipe we are ready to help.
What will you do when disaster strikes your business?
As many as 50% of businesses close down following a disaster. According to the latest research, of the businesses that survive, the overwhelming majority of them had a preparedness plan in place. Pre-planning can serve as an insurance policy aimed at peace of mind. And knowing you are "Ready For Whatever Happens" speaks trust to your clients and employees that in the event your business is affected by a disaster, they don't necessarily have to be as well. By developing a SERVPRO Emergency Ready Profile for your business, you minimize business interruption by having an immediate plan of action. Knowing what to do and what to expect in advance is the key to timely mitigation and can help minimize how water and fire damage will affect your business.
This is a no cost assessment of your facility. It will include a concise profile document that contains only the critical information needed in the event of an emergency such as, Shut off valves, Emergency Exits and more--All with pictures of each area so quick action can be taken if need be. This profile will also contain a guide to help you get back into your building following a disaster. It will establish our team as your disaster mitigation and restoration provider. This profile will also identify a line of command for authorizing work to begin.
Having a quick reference of what to do, how to do it and who to call provides solutions in advance of an emergency so that during the emergency you are "Ready for Whatever Happens"
Smoke Detectors Save Lives
Smoke alarms play a vital role in saving lives, and when properly installed, can reduce the risk of fire injury by half.
The National Fire Protection Association recommends smoke alarms be install in every bedroom, outside all sleeping quarters and on every level of the house. Business owners should consult the local Fire Marshall to ensure specific building fire codes and smoke detectors requirements are met.
Smoke alarms work best when paired with a fire escape plan. A plan allows your family, employees or client to escape quickly and safely in an emergency situation.
Review the following tips regarding smoke detector installation and maintenance.
-Install smoke alarms on every level of the home including the basement.
- Smoke alarms should be installed away from the kitchen to prevent false alarms. Generally, they should be at least 10 feet from a cooking appliance.
-Test smoke alarms at least once a month using a test button.
-Replace batteries in all smoke alarms at least once a year. If an alarm "chirps" the battery is low and should be replaced right away.
-Replace all smoke alarms when they are 10 years old.
Its the water you don't see.
Even small water damages have the potential to cause serious structural and indoor air quality issues over time. The key to avoiding costly future restoration is to handle every water problem as a real threat to your property. SERVPRO has the equipment, training and experience to find and dry unseen water before secondary damages occur. The proper equipment makes a measurable difference in reducing the damage expense during a fire or water loss. When time matters, technology and equipment must be counted on to perform. We can answer your call with rapid action and a full arsenal of drying equipment. Here are a few of the tools used by our franchise.
-Moisture sensors are used to detect moisture in carpets, baseboards and walls.
-Moisture meters are used to determine the actual moisture content of various materials. The moisture tester provides accurate readings allowing us to monitor the drying process.
-Thermohygrometers measure temperature and relative humidity. When armed with this information, SERVPRO can calculate and create an environment most conducive to drying. When facing a contaminated water loss, it is not only important to dry the structure, but the structure must also be disinfected and often deodorized.
Fast and Ready
The first 48 hours after a disaster to your business can make the difference between restoring versus replacing damaged property and personal belongings. Rapid response and timely mitigation can help prevent any type of loss from creating long term problems. Our SERVPRO team of professionals understand returning your business to normal is a primary concern. Our Response Teams are trained in caring for both you and your property. By responding quickly with a full line of cleanup and restoration services, our team can help you get your business back up and running quickly and help protect your property and belongings.
If your home or business suffers a disaster, contact us today to get things under control. When a fire or water damage takes control of your life, SERVPRO will help you take it back.
What type of water?
When your home or business suffers a water damage event, understanding what type of water you are dealing with is critical to ensuring proper cleanup. There are three Categories of water. Category 1 or clean water is water from a broken pipe, or other drinkable water source; Category 2 or grey water is water that is significantly contaminated. Category 2 water would be from a washing machine or dishwasher overflow. A toilet overflow can be category 2 or 3 depending on what is in the bowl when it overflows. Category 3 or black water is grossly contaminated and is typically caused by a sewage backup, or flood water. Category 3 water should always be handled by trained professionals. As you can see not all water is the same, and the process for cleaning it up will differ depending on the category of water you are dealing with. Consider taking the following precautions to help minimize damage or prevent further damage while waiting for help to arrive.
Damage from Clean Water:
-Shut off the water source if possible or contact a qualified professional to do so.
-Turn off circuit breakers for wet areas of the building if access to the power distribution panel is safe from potential electric shock. Do not enter rooms with standing water, as electrical shock hazards may exist.
-Remove as much excess water from wood furniture after removing lamps and tabletop items.
-Remove and prop up wet upholstery cushions to allow more even drying.
-Move any paintings, art objects, computers, documents and other valuable items that may be sensitive to moisture to a safe place.
-Do not leave books, newspapers, magazines or other colored items on wet carpets or floors as they may cause staining. Do not use your household vacuum cleaner to remove water as there is potential for electric shock or causing damage to the vacuum cleaner.
-Do not turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet; do not enter rooms where ceilings are sagging from retained water.
Damage from Contaminated Water:
-Avoid all contact with sewage and items contaminated by sewage. Wash your hands thoroughly if you come in contact with contaminated items.
-Do not walk through contaminated areas, as you could spread damage to unaffected areas.
-Do not turn on the HVAC system if there is a possibility of spreading contaminated air.
-Do not use household fans to dry the structure; airflow could spread contaminants.
-Discard any food and or products for personal hygiene and cleanliness if exposed to the contaminated areas.
When you have water damage don't' leave your property to chance. CALL SERVPRO of Lincoln & Warren Counties. We are READY FOR WHATEVER HAPPENS!
Commercial Building Restoration Services
When it comes to commercial and residential restoration services, SERVPRO is a leader in the industry. We at SERVPRO of Lincoln & Warren Counties are available 24 hours a day and seven days a week, to respond quickly to your business’s fire, water, and mold damage emergencies. If you are in Lincoln, Warren, Montgomery and Gasconade counties we are ready for what ever happens. No commercial project is too big. We have access to the resources of a nationwide network of 1,700 Franchises, which consists of large loss specialists. Our team can provide the man power, equipment and expertise needed for any type and size of damage that is affecting your home or business. We can also provide your business with an Emergency Ready Plan that will help you be proactive and prepared when something happens.