Storms-- Emergency Preparedness
Tornadoes and storms are the leaders in significant damage every year. When storm damage occurs, most of us are not ready, here are a few tips to keep your family safe during storm season:
- Keep the gas level in your car above 1/4 of a tank.
- Record the dosages and names of medications you take and keep in a grab and go place, such as in your purse.
- Keep your purse or wallet in an easy to get to place
- Test the batteries in your flash lights monthly like you do your batteries in your smoke detectors.
- Keep all emergency information in a safe place
- Have your insurance companies contact information saved in your cell phone including policy number and agents name.
- Keep electronics/phones charged at least above 20% so incase the power goes out you have a way of communication
No one wants to see a storm head their way, but using these tips to keep your family safe will make it a little smoother to endure when the time comes to your area.
Here's Why There is No Such Thing as a Small Fire
We know it sounds scary. A fire in one small area of you home can bring damages to every single surface throughout your entire home.
We want to stress that there is no such thing as a small fire. It does not matter the size of the fire --every single thing smoke can touch can be damaged. The fire may not spread, but the smoke damage will. There are cases of smoke damage where the smoke odor has lasted for years.
We want to make sure before you bring more damage to your home that you call the professionals to help. We have worked for over ten years in the smoke damage profession.
We want to take care of your beloved items, because a loss to you, is a loss to us.
We Have Your Prescription for Water Damage
Medical Facilities need our services.
Unexpected office closings can leave health-care providers and their patients in bad situations. When recovery of your building is pertinent to the recovery of your patients --know who to call.
We have over 1,500 franchises nationwide, we've been serving American since 1967, we are trusted by hundreds of insurance companies, we are a nationwide disaster recovery team, and we are a 24 hour emergency response service.
The Emergency Response Service is the real plus for the healthcare industry. Emergencies do not wait fo business hours and the medical professionals know that better than anyone.
Your local SERVPRO® of Pike, Floyd, & Knott Counties franchise is here to help with your medical facility has an emergency situation that needs some cleaning up.
Best Way to Clean Up Water Damage
When you wake up and realize a pipe has burst in the basement or you come home from a long weekend to see the sink was left on in the bathroom and you are left with an overflowing tub --what should you do?
The endgame is to call a professional. But, the best way to clean up a water damage is to stop it before it even starts.
Water damage is tricky. Water damage begins to turn into mold damage within 48 hours. When mold damage is present the cost can double.
The best way to clean up a water damage is to find out how it can happen before it even begins in your home or business.
When you are about to leave home for a long weekend, double check every faucet and spigot inside and around your home. It also does not hurt to have someone come check on your home while you are away.
During winter months make sure to drip water faucets so that the water does not freeze and then expand as soon as the pipes unthaw which causes them to burst.
Be aware when leaving your home or when the weather changes. These are the best ways to clean up water damage --stop it before it even starts!
Commercial Facility Preparedness
We help Commercial Property owners create mobile profiles of their emergency information for their buildings for easy access in the event of an emergency. This process can help reduce damage and get us on the scene faster for the disaster.
This free scope of your buildling includes us coming to your facility and taking about 30 minutes to walk through your facility and helping to locate and document with pictures and location notes where all your emergency shut offs are located. We take the information that you provide us in regards to emergency key contacts name, phone numbers and/or emails that you provide. Along with emergency responder information, so that you know local police station or firefighter information.
We then compile everything you have provided with a secure log in. You can then access the information from any mobile device or a computer. We can add any additional information that you see that you would like to add.
Another plus side to this type of emergency readiness profile --is that it can also assist in letting us know where to park in case of an emergency and where to put a dumpster if an emergency happens.
Call us today to set up an Emergency Ready Profile!
Watch Vs. Warning
Spring weather is in full force which means that so are summer storms. When watching for storms always make sure to know the difference between a watch and a warning.
A WATCH is when a tornado threat could occur. The weather is indicting that a tornado may touch down, but no one has reported or seen an actual funnel cloud. This just means, it could be likely.
On the other hand, a WARNING means that a tornado has been spotted, and the weather is something to take seriously. You should shelter in place, if you haven't already, when the tornado warning appears on the news or local radio stations.
Keep up-to-date with emergency preparedness kits and local news channels to make sure you are prepared when severe weather takes place in your area.
Damage Causing Winds
Many think that rain and flood waters are the primary cause of storm damage, but wind actually factors into more storm damage than you think.We have seen more storm damage from winds than flood waters in recent years.
High winds or damaging winds are often called "straight-line" winds. These winds can exceed anywhere from 50-60 miles per hour, causing dangerous situations for homeowners.
Check Your Insurance
It is always good to double check your insurance for wind damage. When storm damage hits there can be a variety of problems that occur with some covered by insurance and some not, and it's always best to have your home under the best protection.
We service many homes after storm damage, so give us a call!
Insurance Coverage During Storm Season
The spring/summer season is upon us which means that so are summer storms.
Are you prepared?
When summer storms occur, things can go one of two ways. You can be covered under your insurance policy and get everything back to "Like it never even happened" Or...
You will not have insurance that covers storm damage and your home could be left in pieces for years to come.
It is that time of the year to check your insurance policy with your local agent. Call them, or schedule a meeting to make sure the requirements for your home to be covered are updated and secure.
We send this reminder to keep your home and family safe during storm season. We are here to help.
Do not let storm season send your home "flying."
The Leading Cause of House Fires
It is probably no surprise that the leading cause of house fires is cooking. Everyone has to cook food to live at some point, so here a few common mistakes to avoid so that you do not have a house fire.
1. Keep towels and potholders away from the stove. It is always good to make sure to keep them away at least two hours after cooking.
2. Avoid using oils and greases that can pop or crackle when they are hot. This can burn you or anyone else in a close distance in the kitchen.
3. NEVER leave a stove unattended. It may seem like everything is okay for the moment, but cooking can be unreliable and something can happen in a second.
Keep your family safe, and you can think of these tips next time you step up to the stove.
Smoking and Heating Systems Cause Fire Damage
There are a variety of things that can cause fire damage. Two of those are smoking and heating systems. Smoking in your home puts your home and safety at risk. The National Fire Protection Association reports that smoking in your home leads to more house fire deaths than any other cause for house fires. You can prevent this type of damage.
Help your local fire department out, and make sure if you are going to smoke, to keep it outside.
Another common cause of fire damage our heating systems. When the cold weather sets in we all grab out heaters out and put them whoever necessary to heat up our space. Heaters are great ways to warm areas at a low cost, but make sure you are being safe. Keep heaters away from any kind of hanging fabric, make sure not to leave a space heater on when you are not in the room, and ALWAYS make sure a heater is turned off.
Keep these tips in mind to keep fires from your home.