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5 Preparedness Tips for Flooding

5/18/2020 (Permalink)

Sandbags lined up to prevent a flood Have sandbags ready on entry points to your building

How to Prepare for the Possibility of Flooding

Storm season can certainly keep you on your toes. When you have a business in Kissimmee, FL, it’s good to know how to prepare for the possibility of flooding. Here are five tips to help you be well prepared for anything a storm may send your way.

  1. Have an Emergency Plan

A big part of preparing for flood damage is simply having a plan of action in place. Evacuation paths should be mapped, and those maps should be posted on every level of your building so that people know where to go in an emergency. Designate emergency responsibilities before the disaster occurs so that people know what is expected of them.

  1. Waterproof Your Building

Even if your building is flooded during a storm, having a solid building envelope can lower your flood cleanup costs. Have your building inspected regularly to find cracks or spots that are worn so that you can get the necessary repairs.

  1. Elevate Equipment and Furniture

Electrical equipment and furniture can both be damaged beyond repair during flooding. Elevate furniture, sockets, electrical panels, appliances and all wiring where floodwaters can’t get to them.

  1. Have Sandbags Ready

A good way to stave off excess water is to put up barriers. Set sandbags near doors, windows and other vulnerable entry points to your building. Barriers may delay the flow of water enough that you can avoid storm damage altogether.

  1. Update Your Insurance Coverage

It’s a smart idea to check your insurance policies periodically to make sure that all potential problems are covered. If you don’t have a policy that pays for services from storm cleanup experts, you may have to pay for a lot of damage out of pocket the next time a storm heads your way.

Flooding is a common occurrence when there is a storm in your area. By making sure your employees, your building and your insurance is adequately prepared, you can prevent a lot of damage and handle the problems that do occur with relative ease.

Maintaining Your Business's Roof for a Longer Roof Life

5/18/2020 (Permalink)

Rain gutters clogged with debris. Debris blocking gutters can cause a backup of water that may lead to a roof leak

Steps to Prevent Roof Damage

You might not think much about the roof over your business, but each day it protects your assets and operations. A roof leak interrupts your business and adds unexpected expenses, so take steps now to prevent roof damage.

  1. Remove Debris

Roofs are designed to allow water to run off quickly during storms. Any debris on the roof can hold water, which may damage roofing materials. If you have trees nearby, make sure they are pruned away from the roof, and check after winds and in the autumn for branches and leaves that may have fallen on the roof. Check your roof regularly and after storms to ensure it is clear.

  1. Clean Gutters and Drains

Debris blocking gutters can cause a backup of water that may lead to a roof leak. Gutters are designed to drain water away from the roof and building, but their function is reduced when water cannot flow freely due to debris and blockages. Wind damage can also affect gutter function if a gutter becomes loose or falls. Check gutters after every storm or wind event and frequently during the autumn when leaves fall.

  1. Inspect for Signs of Damage

Storm conditions may cause minor roof damage that, if not addressed early, can lead to significant damage. Winter storms can be especially damaging due to the weight and expansion of ice. After a storm, in addition to clearing the roof and gutters of debris, you should also look for tears, gaps, bubbles, cracked seals, bent or gapped flashing, and missing shingles. Any of these issues can be a small repair if caught early rather than a major repair or roof replacement if left to worsen. As a business owner or manager, you'll want to call a storm cleanup professional in Kissimmee, FL, to inspect your business's roof.

Protect your business and avoid unexpected expenses by monitoring the health of its roof. Keep your roof and gutters clear and inspect them regularly for signs of damage in order to avoid issues that can lead to a roof leak.

Escaping a Fire

4/16/2020 (Permalink)

Causing more than 2,500 deaths and 12,600 injuries each year in the United States, house fires are extremely dangerous for those that are unprepared for the event. But they are preventable.

To be prepared should a fire occur in your home, it’s important to know what to do:

  • before a fire
  • during a fire
  • after a fire

To ensure that your family remains safe throughout the ordeal.

It takes just two minutes for a fire to become life-threatening and just five minutes for a residence to become consumed by a fire. While the flames are what most people fear, that’s not what’s most dangerous as the heat and smoke do most of the damage. This is because the inhalation of extremely hot air can sear the lungs. A fire also has the ability to produce poisonous gases that can make you disoriented and drowsy making them all the more dangerous. In fact, the leading cause of fire deaths is asphyxiation which exceeds burns by a three to one ratio.

Preparing for a Fire

To make sure you’re prepared in the event of a fire, there are certain precautionary measures that must be taken to ensure your safety. The most important step is to create an evacuation plan for your family. Every second counts when a home is filling up with smoke so you need to know the fastest way out. Creating a plan and going over it with each member of your family will ensure that everyone can get out safely.

When developing your evacuation plan, make sure that you have two routes to escape each room in case one is blocked. Once your plan is formed, you should practice the plan at least twice a year. Being prepared for a potential fire means making sure that windows aren’t locked, screens can be taken out quickly, and that security bars can be opened. You should also have your family practice feeling around in the dark with their eyes closed replicating the environment they’ll be in if there’s a fire and teach the children not to hide from firefighters who are there to help.

The most important device to making sure you can safety escape a fire is a smoke alarm. Having working smoke alarms will significantly increase your chances of surviving the fire. To make sure that your smoke alarm will alert you of a fire in the home, test the batteries monthly, replace the batteries at least once a year, and replace the smoke alarm every eight to 10 years.

How to Escape a Fire

If a fire does occur in your home, you should escape the building as quickly as possible. However, there are some things you need to remember to safety evacuate. The first step is to get to the floor and crawl to the exit as heavy, toxic smoke and poisonous gases gather initiallly at the ceiling. When you get to a door, feel the doorknob and door before opening it. If either the doorknob or door is hot, you should leave it closed and go to your alternate way out. You should also leave the door closed if smoke is coming from around it. If you are able to open the door, do so slowly and be ready to shut it quickly should heavy smoke or fire be on the other side.

But what happens if you can’t get out? If the event occurs where you’re trapped in a room, cover the vents and cracks around any doors with cloth or tape to keep any smoke out. Then call the fire department and tell them where you are. You can use a light colored cloth or flashlight to get the attention of the firefighters. If you catch on fire yourself, simply stop, drop, and roll with your hands over your face to put yourself out.

What to Do After a Fire

If you’ve suffered a fire in your home rendering it uninhabitable and you have nowhere to go, contact your local disaster relief service like The Red Cross. If you have fire insurance, call the insurance company for details on protecting your property. You also should contact the professionals at SERVPRO of Osceola County to remediate the situation as soon as possible. The sooner they begin the restoration process, the more of your home and possessions will be salvaged.

A house fire is a devastating event that can lead to serious injury or death if you’re not properly prepared. These tips will ensure that you’re prepared for a fire and that you and your family can escape safely.

Keeping The Workplace Safe

3/30/2020 (Permalink)

Keeping the Workplace Safe

Encourage your employees to...

  • Practice Good Hygiene 
    • Stop shaking hands – use other non-contact methods of greeting
    • Clean hands with sanitizer or wash their hands frequently
    • Avoid touching their faces and cover coughs and sneezes
    • Disinfect surfaces like doorknobs, tables, desks, and handrails regularly
    • Increase ventilation by opening windows or adjusting air conditioning
  • Be Careful with Meetings and Travel
    • Use videoconferencing for meetings when possible
    • When not possible, hold meetings in open, well-ventilated spaces
    • Consider adjusting or postponing large meetings or gatherings
    • Assess the risks of business travel
  • Handle Food Carefully 
    • Limit sharing food with others
    • Strengthen health screenings for cafeteria staff and their close contacts
    • Ensure cafeteria staff and their close contacts practice strict hygiene
  • Stay Home if...
    • They are feeling sick
    • They have a sick family member in their home

About Coronavirus

The CDC is responding to an outbreak of a respiratory disease caused by a novel (new) coronavirus that was first detected in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China and has spread to 60 locations internationally (as of this publication), including cases in the United States. The virus known as “coronavirus disease 2019” (abbreviated “COVID-19”) is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person or through respiratory droplets when an infected person coughs or sneezes. It may be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads.

Biohazard Cleanup and Restoration

3/28/2020 (Permalink)

Common Biohazard Scenarios

Sewage Backups

Sewage backups and dark water intrusions are more than nasty, smelly deposits – these damages also introduce harmful microorganisms into a structure. SERVPRO of Osceola County Professionals remove the sewage, contaminants, and moisture, and help ensure the structure is properly cleaned, disinfected, and deodorized.

Bloodborne Pathogens

SERVPRO of Osceola County Professionals remove and dispose of bodily fluids, tissue and other potentially pathogenic substances resulting from accident, trauma, crime or death. Trained SERVPRO of Osceola County Professionals clean, disinfect and deodorize the structure.

Methamphetamine Labs

SERVPRO realizes many of the chemicals used in the production of illegal drugs such as methamphetamine are volatile and can leave harmful residues throughout a structure. SERVPRO of Osceola County Professionals follow federal and state guidelines to properly clean all surfaces.

24 Hour Emergency Service

Biohazard emergencies don’t always happen during regular business hours, and that’s why SERVPRO of Osceola County Professionals are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. You can expect an immediate response time, day or night. 

We Are Cleanup and Biohazard Experts

3/23/2020 (Permalink)

About Coronavirus

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention continues to respond to an outbreak of respiratory disease caused by a new coronavirus that was first detected in China and has now spread internationally. While the virus is termed coronavirus, the sickness that results after infection has been termed COVID-19.

COVID-19 has now been declared a pandemic, which is a global outbreak of a disease.  

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Symptoms

Illness from COVID-19 is wide ranging, from mild to severe symptoms and death. According to the CDC, symptom may appear two days to two weeks after exposure:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath

It is important to consult your medical provider if you develop any severe or concerning symptoms.

Expert Level Cleaning Services

SERVPRO of Osceola County professionals are uniquely prepared during this unprecedented time to clean and disinfect your home or business according to the protocols set forth by the CDC. 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
  • Bathrooms
  • Schools/Classrooms
  • Offices
  • Retail Spaces
  • Water Fountains
  • Shelving/Racks
  • Sales Counters
  • Carpets and Rugs
  • Stair Handrails
  • Elevator Cars
  • Playground Equipment
  • Fitness Equipment

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Specialized Products

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.

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Disasters Can’t Keep Them Down

3/23/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO truck outside of a house SERVPRO of Osceola County "Faster to any size disaster"

SERVPRO Provides the Best Disaster Remediation Service

When floods, fires, or catastrophic storms rage through Lake Marian Highlands, FL, your client’s businesses can suffer from the after effects of the disaster. Closing a business due to damage can make sales plummet as cleanup efforts are underway. That is why your clients need to find recovery experts that can complete the cleanup and recovery process as quickly as possible. SERVPRO is a well-known water remediation service that has over 1,600 local franchises that are available 24/7 to help your clients get back into their businesses. The motto “Faster to Any Size Disaster” is one they hold true. Here are two reasons disaster can’t keep them down.

  1. Local Franchise

Technicians from all 1,600 locally owned franchises across the country live and work in neighborhoods near their office. That means their efforts are there to support their communities, and so are their dollars. By helping to keep the area where they live safe, they not only build an honest reputation for hard work, but their neighbors get to know that they can be relied upon whether the disaster is a small one or of huge proportion – they will be “Faster to Any Size Disaster.”

  1. Fast Service

Experienced disaster repair and remediation service providers heed the emergency call 24 hours a day. They understand when dealing with a disaster, time is of the essence in preventing secondary damage from infiltrating the job site. When you get an insurance claim call and you suggest that your clients call SERVPRO technicians, it is probably because you know they will be there within minutes to remove the water, tear down the soaking plasterboard, and dry out the structure. Additionally, if the damage was from fire and there are holes in the building, the team can often repair them so no looters can enter the building.

You have a responsibility to your clients to make sure they get the best disaster remediation service available. That is why the “Faster to Any Size Disaster” team is there to help.

Bioremediation Services

3/23/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Employees wearing hazmat suits to clean up biohazards. SERVPRO is being called on to perform the necessary bioremediation services to clean, disinfect and sanitize properties.

We are Here to Help

Get Your Business Back to Normal

SERVPRO is being called on by numerous businesses and community leaders to perform the necessary bioremediation services to clean, disinfect and sanitize their properties. All of our cleanup practices are in accordance with the guidelines provided by the CDC and local authorities. If you are interested in inquiring about our services we’re here to help – 24 hours a day, seven days a week, while life gets back to normal in the communities we all call home.

SERVPRO can respond quickly and effectively to help minimize business interruption to your company.

SERVPRO can respond quickly and effectively to help minimize business interruption to your company. SERVPRO of Osceola County professionals are uniquely prepared during this unprecedented time to clean and disinfect your home or business according to the protocols set forth by the CDC. 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.

SERVPRO professionals are trained to perform a proactive cleanup that involves facility or structure cleaning and disinfection. Cleanup procedures generally include cleaning of porous and non-porous surfaces, disinfecting of non-porous surfaces, cleaning and disinfecting of equipment, tools, and/or supplies used for cleanup process, and disposal of waste.

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What’s the Price Range for Residential Mold Remediation?

3/23/2020 (Permalink)

Mold damage in a home Minor mold damage in a Poinciana, FL home

What’s the Price Range for Residential Mold Remediation?

Mold is one of the most expensive forms of damage to remediate. Costs start with an inspection and continue through testing, analysis and mold removal. Depending on the extent of the problem, containment measures may be necessary. Find out about the price range of minor, moderate and major mold damage for residences in Poinciana, FL.

Minor Damage

Minor mold damage is likely to have the lowest remediation cost. A minor mold problem can be identified by several criteria:

  • Covers less than 10 square feet
  • Involves a non-toxigenic species
  • Mold is readily visible

The only way to accurately identify mold is to contact a mold specialist and schedule a test. Professional testing may cost several hundred dollars along with $30 to $150 to analyze each sample. The expense of cleaning up a minor infestation may add up to several thousand dollars.

Moderate Damage

Moderate damage may cover 10 or more square feet and involve factors that make cleanup more challenging. This may include the presence of hidden mold or a toxigenic species. Testing and mold removal costs may range up to $10,000.

Major Damage

A major mold problem can cost far more to clean up than moderate damage, depending on how much of a residence is affected. The following factors may describe a severe infestation:

  • Affects a large extent of a residence
  • Causes structural damage
  • May involve substantial amounts of hidden mold
  • May involve black mold or another toxigenic species

Remediating major mold damage can cost tens of thousands of dollars. The costs of black mold removal and other cleanup and containment expenses may be excluded from homeowner’s insurance policies.

A mold specialist or environmental hygienist can identify the extent of a mold problem at a residence in  Poinciana, FL. The price ranges above are only broad estimates. A number of factors may raise or lower the cost of removing mold.

How To Prevent Water Damage in Your Home Before It Starts

3/23/2020 (Permalink)

Home with water damage Call a professional for major water issues.

How to Prevent Water Damage in Your Home

Water in a home can be a nightmare for any residential property owner. Fortunately, there are several ways you can prevent water damage before it even starts and avoid a lengthy and expensive restoration process. By adding a few steps to your home maintenance routine, you can make sure your property in Lokosee, FL, stays dry and comfortable.

  1. Keep an eye on your HVAC unit. A leaking indoor heating or air conditioning unit is a ticking time bomb when it comes to flood damage. Even a small amount of water escaping from a broken pipe or connective hose is a sign that immediate repairs are needed before the unit breaks down and potentially causes a major water event. Check your HVAC system weekly for any dripping, blockage, or excess condensation, and have it serviced regularly to keep it functioning properly.
  1. Use your appliances with caution. Dishwashers, washing machines, and refrigerators can all unleash water in a home if they’re not evaluated and maintained on a consistent basis. Make a habit of checking for kinks or cracks in all appliance water supply lines, and only run your dishwasher and washing machine when your home is occupied. You can also consider investing in a water leakage alarm system that will alert you at the first sign of a flood.
  1. Call a professional for major water issues. Attempting a pipe cleanup or mold remediation when you’re inexperienced will only lead to more damage if the worst happens and your home floods. That’s why it’s important to have the name and number of a reputable water damage restoration specialist on hand to quickly assess and repair the effects of a water event in your home and minimize any lasting impact.

Any property owner will list water in a home as one of their biggest concerns. By implementing a few preventative measures into your daily routine, you can stop water damage before it starts and keep your home dry.