Disaster Recovery Steps for Business Owners | SERVPRO® of North Lawrenceville
If you own your own business, you understand how important it is to consider all the possibilities in your planning—but for many business owners, this planning mindset has yet to extend to disaster preparedness. Many businesses find themselves impacted by disasters every single year, often to completely devastating results. While there is no way to prevent disasters, planning for them is the best way to lessen some of the damage they can cause.
We always recommend starting with safety planning for yourself and your staff, to make sure everyone knows how to evacuate and execute emergency procedures safely. Once this is done, however, it is smart to consider what steps you will take towards recovery. Contacting your insurance provider and customers is key, as is making use of all the resources out there to help business owners.
Considering the Steps of Disaster Recovery for Business Owners
Contact your providers for insurance and restoration. No two commercial insurance policies are the same, which is why it is so important to make sure you get in touch with your insurance provider quickly after a disaster in order to understand if and how to file a claim. Once you do this, it is wise to get in touch with the company you have chosen for your commercial restoration so you can set that process in motion as well.
Contact customers regarding your reopening. Thanks to social media, it is easier than ever to contact customers and keep them aware of any changes to operating hours or closures. This is wise to do after a disaster when so many things can be changing and they will be curious as to how they can support you once more. Additionally, social media can be a great way to offer promotions on gift cards or other items they can purchase during your closure to help your business throughout the rebuilding process.
Be aware of what resources are out there for you. Once your area has experienced a disaster, there will be many business-specific resources available that you can make use of. The Small Business Administration’s disaster loans are a great example of this—they are easy to qualify for, offer flexible repayment solutions and enable you to use the funds towards a variety of expenses you might incur post-disaster.
If your business has been damaged due to a disaster, we’re here to help. Contact us at any hour to report your damage or to learn more about our commercial restoration services.
We Are Committed to a Restoration-First Mindset | SERVPRO® of North Lawrenceville
If there is a disaster in your home, keeping your family safe is the most important thing. However, once your safety is accounted for, being concerned about your home is normally top of mind for homeowners. The trauma after an emergency event can be long-lasting for everyone, but the faster you are able to rebuild, the easier it can be to reclaim a sense of normalcy.
As you work to take care of recovering, let us work to take care of restoring your home. We focus on restoration instead of recommending you replace your items, which is a costly and time-consuming process. This allows you to keep the items you love, save money and ensure your house feels like home when you return.
Benefits of Focusing on Restoration Instead of Replacement
We can help you save money on your insurance. For most homeowners insurance policies, there are many things you can claim that will be covered. However, claims can be quite costly for incidents such as water damage, leading to a rise in your premium. When we are able to restore items, it can reduce the amount you have to claim with your insurance and save you money in the long-term.
We can protect your sentimental items. When you have to quickly leave the home to preserve your family’s safety, there are many irreplaceable items that must be left behind in the process. Photographs, heirlooms and other sentimental objects could never be bought in a store, and while you may assume these items may be totally lost, our high-tech restoration equipment allows us to save many objects that have become damaged.
We make sure your home feels like home again. When you get ready to return home after your home has been restored, it can be an emotional time—but because we handle all aspects of the restoration and save your items whenever it is possible, we can help it be an entirely positive experience for you and your family when you are able to walk through the door.
If you have damages and are feeling overwhelmed, we are here to help. You can call us as soon as you need to in order to begin the restoration process. Contact us today to learn more.
Doing Your Own Home Moisture Damage Inspection | SERVPRO® of North Lawrenceville
There are many issues that can impact the health of your home, but few should be taken more seriously or treated more quickly than water damage. There are many visual issues that will arise due to moisture damages, but the real danger lies in the structural problems it can cause when left untreated.
If you are concerned about water damage in your home, it is wise to do your own inspection to check for any signs of problems. Not only will this mitigate damages, but it can lessen your insurance claim amount, too.
How You Can Do Your Own Water Damage Check
Inspect your walls and ceilings. Because there are many systems lurking behind the drywall and ceilings in homes, water damage will often be hidden there, too. There are often giveaways, however, if you know what to look for. Bubbles or peeling of the paint, as well as water spots of softening are often clear signs that something is amiss.
Don’t forget to look down. Under the floor you see, your home has a subfloor that is designed to provide you with a solid foundation. However, this subfloor can easily begin to absorb moisture if there is a nearby leak, leading to floors that are uneven or buckled, or wood that appears warped through the room.
Inspect your roof. Your roof is your best defense to keep moisture damage out, and if you take the time to inspect it, you will be able to catch any issues early on. With a pair of binoculars, go out and inspect your roof for any shingles that are loose, missing or otherwise appear to be in disrepair, as this is often a sign that water damage is possible.
Pay close attention to the basement. Basements often fall under the misconception that their being musty is a given, but really, if you have moisture in your basement it is important to eradicate it. Whether water is seeping in from the outside or you have an interior leak, leaving it untreated can lead to much more serious issues down the road.
If you have water damage anywhere in your home, we are here to help. You can contact us at any hour to learn more about our services or to report damages. Get in touch today to speak with a water damage restoration expert.
What Are the Best Tips for Increasing My Fire Safety? | SERVPRO® of North Lawrenceville
There is never a good time to experience a fire in your home, but are you certain you are doing everything you can to stay safe from one? When a flame breaks out, it can turn into a full-fledged house fire in around 30 seconds, which is why we always advocate for prevention first to keep your household safer.
The good news is that getting into good fire safety habits can go a long way in reducing your risk. Simple things like checking your smoke alarms, limiting your risks and knowing how to use a fire extinguisher are all extremely effective in putting a stop to a fire before it gets out of hand.
How Can I Effectively Increase My Household’s Fire Preparedness?
Check your smoke detectors. Having ample amounts of smoke detectors in your home will make certain that you are alerted in the event that you do have a fire break out so your family can exit the home safely. Smoke detectors should be near every sleeping area and on every floor, and it is important to test your batteries just in case of a malfunction.
Create a fire escape plan. If the smoke detectors do sound in your home, it is important everyone knows exactly what to do next. You will often have no more than two minutes to get out before the smoke becomes too thick. It is important to have a comprehensive fire escape plan and be certain everyone in your household is familiar with how to execute it quickly.
Limit your fire risks. Daily habits have much more impact on your overall fire safety than you might realize, as most fires start due to simple mistakes around the home. Easy fixes like replacing any frayed wires, moving any flammable items away from open flames and always attending to cooking can go a long way in ensuring you do not experience a house fire.
Keep a fire extinguisher handy. When there is an open flame present, it is always smart to keep a fire extinguisher nearby as well. While you should only use a fire extinguisher on contained fires that are small in size, if it is safe to do so, you can stop a small fire from spreading into a house-wide ordeal by effectively using one.
If your home is damaged by a house fire, we are here to help. Our expert fire restoration technicians are here 24⁄7 to spring into action as soon as you call. Contact us at any hour to report your damage and receive a quick response.
Fall Arrives on September 22,2020
In mid-September each year, we greet the fall season with the arrival of the Fall Equinox. This is the moment when the sun crosses the equator and those of us living in Northern Hemisphere will begin to see more darkness than daylight. Regardless of whether it has been chilly for weeks or still balmy summer like temperatures, this is the start of fall. For the next 3 months, our hours of daylight will continue to grow shorter. Everywhere you look, you will see visible changes as nature prepares for winter. Birds will be flying south, temperatures cooling and animal coats are thickening. Leaves will be exploding with vibrant colors of red, yellow and orange. Leaves will be dropping off trees, providing endless hours of kids jumping into leaf piles and parents raking them back up. Fall also brings in wonderful holidays including Halloween and Thanksgiving!
Doing What You Are Able to Prepare for Severe Weather | SERVPRO® of North Lawrenceville
Though storms are quite a frequent occurrence, we talk to many people every day who have not thought about their severe weather preparedness levels or how they will make sure their home is protected.
While not every storm will cause damage, it is important that you are prepared well in advance of any that might—that way, if the weather turns sour, you will not be scrambling to keep your home and your family safe. Fortunately, preparing in advance is a simple process that can go a long way toward your peace of mind.
Get Peace of Mind Before Severe Weather Through Preparedness
Prepare your home as much as possible. Though it is impossible to guarantee that damage will not occur to your home at all during a storm, taking precautionary measures can significantly reduce the chances. Overhanging limbs are some of the leading causes of storm damage, so maintaining your trees well can go a long way in preventing damages. Installing a household generator is also a popular preparedness tactic, as it will enable you to still access electricity when the power is out.
Create a family communications plan. If severe weather is possible and your family is all together at home, making sure that everyone stays put and waits out the storm in your designated sheltering area is the safest option. However, if a storm catches one or more of you on the go, be sure you have a communications plan in place in order to check in and guarantee safety for every member of your family.
Make sure your emergency kit is stocked. As with any type of disaster preparedness, your storm preparedness plan can benefit from an emergency supply kit that contains necessities for every member of your household, including pets. Food, water, flashlights, first aid supplies and any other helpful items are all wise to include in this kit, which should be stored in your designated sheltering area.
Consider getting a weather radio. Because many of us can receive weather alerts immediately thanks to our phones, it is likely that we do not have the same “old school” analog alert systems in our home such as radios. For this reason, it is important to pack at least a weather radio in your emergency kit. This way, if storms knock out power or cell reception, you still have a reliable way to stay informed.
If your home is damaged by a storm, you can depend on us to take care of any damages. Contact us at any hour to report damage and receive a rapid response.
Entire First Floor Water Damage
When the entire first floor of this commercial building flooded, lay flat ducting, air movers and dehumidifiers were placed to assist with drying.
Commercial building suffered water damage when a rear retaining wall could not withstand water surge from storms in the area. SERVPRO of North Lawrenceville was contacted to handle this emergency service. The entire first floor was affected by this situation causing damage to the carpet, vinyl flooring, tile and some contents. Furniture was quickly relocated to dryer parts of the building. Water was extracted and large amount of equipment were placed to stabilize this structure. Also to assist in the drying process, a large trailer carrying a desiccant was placed outside the building paired with a large generator to run all equipment. Removal of base cove, carpet and wet drywall were necessary to help with the proper drying process. SERVPRO of North Lawrenceville is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Call 678-376-5515 and let our trained professionals help you in your time of need.
Emergency Water Damage Tips
1)Shut-off the water source if possible or contact a qualified professional to stop the water source.
2)Turn-off circuit breakers for wet areas of the building when access to the power distribution panel is safe from electrical shock.
3)Remove as much excess water as possible by mopping and blotting.
4)Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting.
5)Move any sensitive valuables to a dry place.
6)Do not use your household vacuum cleaner to remove water! This could cause electrical shock or damage to the device.
For more information on water damage, contact SERVPRO of North Lawrenceville. Our franchise is available 24/7 to assist you “Like it never even happened." Call 678-376-5515
Picking a Storm Restoration Company You Can Count On | SERVPRO® of North Lawrenceville
Being in the path of any type of major thunderstorm is scary, and if you sustain damage to your property, that fear can quickly turn to stress. Storm damage costs continue to rise in recent years, and having a plan in place for making sure you are prepared in case you incur any is so important to keeping your home or business safe.
Choosing a restoration company that works for you is one of the most important parts of the entire recovery process. They will set the tone for everything that follows, and choosing a company that provides you with peace of mind will go a long way in making the process as low-stress as possible.Stress Less After Storm Damage With the Right Restoration Company
Be sure they are well-known and legitimate. If a company has a good reputation both locally and within the restoration industry, that is probably a good sign you will get good service. Many scammers surface following storm damage, which is why doing your research and ensuring the company you are choosing is legitimate is so important.
Be sure they have a plan in place in case demand spikes. Storms are a unique damage source because of how suddenly they come about, and because of what a wide area they impact. For many companies, the sudden spike in demand can be overwhelming after a storm—but for us, with our national network of SERVPRO® partners behind us, we can call for backup whenever it is needed to ensure our service is consistent regardless of the demand.
Be sure you can always get in touch with them. It will never be convenient to receive storm damage, but in our experience, it normally happens at the least convenient time possible. That is why we are equipped to provide 24-hour service. No matter what time you discover damage, even on nights, weekends and holidays, you can call us and we will jump into action to formulate a damage response plan for you.
When you have damage from a storm to your home or commercial building, you can always depend on us to handle it. Contact us at any hour to see our exceptional service in action.
Regarding Safety Precautions While Grilling | SERVPRO® of North Lawrenceville
During summer, a home-cooked meal is even better when it is served from the grill. Getting outside and cooking in the open air is great, but there are still risks that we urge people to consider before they get started. As with any open flame, the fire hazards associated with grilling are there, but they can often be prevented with a bit of precaution.
Grill fires are a much bigger problem than many people realize, occurring nearly 6,000 times every year according to the U.S. Fire Administration. With these grill fire safety tips, however, you can significantly lessen the chances of a grill fire happening to you.
Lessen Your Chances of a Grill Fire
Create a safe zone around your grill. Many people put their grill on their deck against their house, but this is actually an extremely dangerous place to be. A grill flare-up can be sudden and quite large, so officials recommend at least three feet of open space around the grill where there is nothing flammable.
Clean your grill grates often. Cleaning your grill grates is more than just good general maintenance—it can also prevent fires from starting when you are cooking. As food and grease particles become attached to the grates, they can sit latent until they become too warm and catch fire. Getting into the habit of cleaning your grill grates off often is a smart choice to prevent this.
Never leave the grill unattended. Walking away from a lit grill—even one with the lid closed—is a recipe for disaster. Being able to extinguish a fire quickly is key to stopping small flare-ups from getting out of hand, so if you need to take a break, always have someone watch the grill while you are gone.
Inspect the grill regularly. Always give your grill a once-over before using it just in case any issues have developed while it has been sitting dormant. Issues with gas lines and connectors can lead to gas leaks, and if left untreated, they can cause large flare-ups that can quickly turn dangerous. A simple visual check will be enough to know if it is time to do grill maintenance before you cook.
If you have a grill fire that does damage to your home, we are here to help. You can call us any time, day or night, to have a quick response from our restoration experts.