Water Damage Doesn't Always Mean the End for Your Papers and Documents!
When water makes its way into your home, few things are left untouched. If important documents and papers are among the list of damaged items, it may be possible to fully or partially restore them if you act quickly!
When paper documentation is in a water loss, the faster restoration work begins, the higher the likelihood that restoration can be achieved. SERVPRO keeps any papers undergoing restoration work locked away in our facilities to ensure their safety!
When logging the damaged items and papers in the water loss, try your hardest not to touch or mishandle them in any way. Professionals can safely remove damaged documents with less risk of irreversible damage. Water-damaged papers are extremely fragile and even the slightest movement can damage them even further, potentially preventing their restoration!
Is Your Home Ready for the Unexpected?
Safety is often the priority new homeowners have after moving into their new homes. Creating and practicing plans in the event disaster strikes and correctly setting up detection and alarm systems can go a long way in ensuring that you are ready for anything!
Take a look at the various detection and alarm devices around your home if it has them. Are they correctly set up and spaced out? Devices should be located on every floor and spread out enough to cover the entirety of it. Take the time to inspect and test any devices left by previous owners to see if they still work. The last thing you want is for a device to fail when it's needed most!
If your new home lacks safety devices, be sure to have the appropriate amount professionally installed as soon as possible. Safety devices can give your family the extra security to make your house a home.
Create a habit of safety and precautionary checks throughout your home!
24/7 Service, Whenever and Wherever You Need It!
SERVPRO is here for you any time of day, any day of the year! We take it upon ourselves to respond to any disaster as soon as we possibly can, no matter the weather conditions. Rain, sleet, or snow won't stop us from getting you the help you need!
Our specialists are always on call and ready to respond to a fire, water, storm, or mold loss at a moment's notice. We offer our services 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days of the year to ensure that you receive the help you need when you need it.
When your home has been through the wringer, don't fret about who to call. SERVPRO has all the fire, water, storm, and mold repair and restoration training and equipment to make any damage done to your home look "Like it never even happened"!
SERVPRO is faster to any size disaster!
Water Damage to Your Property? Look No Further!
SERVPRO supplies our specialists with frequent and up-to-date pieces of training to ensure that your home or business is in the best hands possible.
We're always prepared for any unforeseen event that may be thrown your way. Water damage from flooding, severe rain, or harsh storms is extremely stressful, which is why we work to ensure your home or business is back to normal as quickly as possible by using every piece of training and equipment at our disposal.
Depending on the type of water loss, SERVPRO comes prepared to the site with any equipment we may need to restore your property. Hoses and pumps, fans, dehumidifiers, etc., the list of gear we bring doesn't stop. Due to our equipment, we're able to clear the property quickly and effectively, which means restoration can start much faster.
A quick breakdown of the steps that restoration might take are as follows -
- Dehumidification and drying
- Removal of contaminated contents, flooring, and walls
- Further moisture removal in all hard-to-access areas
- Drying of all documents and photographs
- Restoration of your home
We work tirelessly to ensure that your home or business is back in your hands as soon as possible after water damage. Stay safe and remember, SERVPRO is here for you!
Is Your Home Suffering From Post-Fire Damage Odor?
Many things go into extinguishing a fire, even more when it has spread throughout the building. After the battle to contain the flames is finished, there is another just over the horizon. The chemical mixtures used to fight the fire leave behind strong odors that need to be dealt with, along with odors left by the flames and smoke themselves. While it may seem like a lot to handle, SERVPRO knows just where to start!
The first step is to act fast. The longer these odors are allowed to sit and sink in, the harder it is going to be to remove them. As the odors grow stronger, they can cause issues like headaches, dizziness, nausea, and many more that can begin to affect your health.
Equipment like industrial scrubbers and extractor fans are used to shake loose the odor from carpet, furniture, walls, and ceilings so it can be removed.
When dealing with post-fire odor concerns, look no further than SERVPRO!
2022 Water Damage Categories
Every year during the Summer months there is a noticeable increase in severe weather and potential property damage. Due to this increase, it is important to know the differences between the various categories of water damage your property may face. There are distinct signs within each category that help to quickly identify them, but also distinct dangers!
The first category of water damage is when a water loss consists of clean and/or sanitary water sources. Things like water lines, faucet leaks, water fountains, and toilet tanks are all examples of this type of water source. When dealing with a category 1 water loss, there usually isn't more to it than the water damages that your property faces.
The second category of water damage occurs when a water loss consists of water sources with a level of contaminants that can potentially cause illness if ingested. Water sources like dishwashers, overflowing toilets while there is urine in them, and other sources with "used" water are all examples of a category 2 water loss.
The final category of water damage consists of water that comes from dangerously unsanitary sources with high levels of contaminants. You face serious illness or potentially death if water from these sources is ingested. Water from a sewer backup, flooded rivers or streams, overflowing toilets containing feces, and stagnant water that has bacterial growth all fall under the category 3 water loss umbrella.
It is critical to fully grasp and understand the differences between water loss categories, as knowing so can help prevent potential illness when dealing with them. Be ready for any disaster that may come your way!
Be safe and remember, SERVPRO is here to help!
Are You Taking the Right Precautions During Severe Storms?
Severe weather can appear out of nowhere and usually sees a significant increase during the hotter months of the year. Knowing what to do when caught out by a severe storm can save your life. Severe weather may seem relatively safe, but danger can be lurking within.
Firstly, seek out shelter if you are caught outside during a storm. Rain and hail are always secondary concerns when you are caught outside during a severe storm. High wind speeds can pick up and throw around debris at incredibly dangerous speeds.
Second, if you are far from any known shelter the next best thing you can do is to locate a low point in the ground and take cover within. Using this helps to avoid any potential flying debris from severe weather or even tornadoes. Most injuries from severe weather are caused by blunt trauma from flying debris, so staying low or in shelter vastly decreases the chances of those types of injury!
Third, if a conventional shelter is out of the question then a vehicle is your next best option. Find somewhere to hunker down and take cover inside, preferably getting low to the floor.
Finally, stay up to date with severe weather within your region. Apps, radio stations, and television can all keep you updated on the severity of storms as they roll through.
Stay safe and remember, SERVPRO is always here to help!
2022 Summer Heat Safety
Summer temperature averages are finally starting to appear around the country and that means that you will soon face the unrelenting summer heat. Increased temperatures often bring about new risks to worry about, like heatwaves, so here are some tips on how to combat them!
1). Try covering your windows during the hottest parts of the day to keep your house cooler. A large amount of heat enters your home through windows, so by covering them, you can effectively reduce the amount of heat that passes through.
2). Use fans strategically. The way fans are placed throughout a house effects how effectice they are at moving and cooling the air. When using ceiling fans, ensure they rotate counter-clockwise, as it keeps air moving most effectively.
3). Try cooking with smaller appliances like a slow-cooker or a tabletop grill. Doing so can help minimize the heat added to your home from cooking food.
4). If you know that you have elderly neighbors and are able, you should check on them every so often to ensure they're okay. Summer heatwaves leave the elderly in a tough spot and can often be much more dangerous for them than it is for you.
Using these tips when needed can help reduce the effects that unrelenting summer heat can have on you and your home.
2022 Natural Disaster Emergency Kit
An emergency kit may seem like a simple or even trivial concept, but it could save your life, especially when dealing with the effects of a natural disaster. Approximately 48% of homes in the United States are not equipped with an emergency kit for situations that may demand them. If you find yourself among that percentage, it's time to get to work!
When creating an emergency kit, always focus on the essential items for its purpose. Food, clean water, extra clothing, and first aid are among the most important things you should pack. Other things like blankets, flashlights, and survival utensils offer the benefits you may need if stuck outdoors. With an idea of what to pack, let's now look at where they'll go. Duffel bags or outdoor backpacks are perfect emergency kit containers. They offer ample space for storage and can be quickly thrown on at a moment's notice!
SERVPRO is always here to help in any way we can, no matter the circumstances!
Are You Taking the Proper Steps to Prevent Water Damage?
According to statistics, up to 93% of water damage losses can be prevented. Not only is SERVPRO able to help prevent water damage from occurring, but our specialists are highly trained in repairing and restoring any damages that do occur!
When aiming to prevent water damage, one of the first steps is to inspect and strengthen the most common locations where water can invade your home. Cracked roofing, aging or poor window sealant, or even leaky piping are places that should be inspected for potential problems!
Once you've taken note of any suspect areas, it's time to take action. By working proactively and attacking a potential problem head-on, you can significantly decrease the likelihood of needing work reactively in the future!
Just remember that SERVPRO is always here to help whenever you need it most. We're just a call away!