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How Our Restoration-First Mentality Works for You
If you have sustained damage to your home for the first time, you are likely to learn quite a bit about how the recovery process works. Not only are there logistical considerations to handle, but there is also the emotional impact of going through an event that damages your home, which can be significant.
Fortunately, working with the right restoration company can help you throughout the entire process. Not only can restoration save you money on costly insurance claims that can increase your premium, but it can also help your family heal more easily from the trauma. Read on to learn more about our restoration-first philosophy.
The Importance of a Restoration-First Philosophy
We are determined to save your belongings. While many people assume that everything they own will need to be liquidated after damages, when you work with us that is not necessarily the case. We have all the equipment necessary to clean, sanitize and deodorize objects after damage, allowing us to restore items that normally could not be salvaged. This is a cost-effective process compared to replacement and ensures that you will be able to hang onto the objects you already own and love if it is possible to do so.
We are determined to handle all the damage. The small touches make your house feel like a home, and when we handle restoration, we understand the importance of these little things. We handle all aspects of your damage, from the big, structural issues to small things like painting and refinishing floors. That way, you recognize your home as soon as you walk through the door.
We are determined to help you heal. The time after you sustain household damage can be tumultuous, especially if you have to leave the home for the restoration to take place. We understand this, which is why we work as quickly as possible to get your damages taken care of so you can return home.
If you have damage to your home, we are here to help. You can get in touch at any time to report damage with our 24⁄7 emergency line. Contact us today to learn more.
As a business owner, insurer, or property manager, you are a leader in your community and have the opportunity to set an example for your employees, customers and community to follow. This year for National Preparedness Month (NPM), join your community in preparing for emergencies and disasters of all types, and lead efforts to encourage the community as a whole to become more prepared. “Disasters happen” and not only devastate individuals and neighborhoods, but entire communities, including businesses of all sizes. The 2019 theme for National Prepredness Month is Prepared, Not Scared. Be Ready for Disasters. You can become prepared for a disaster by taking three simple steps: Have a plan to stay in business. Encourage your employees to become ready. Protect your investment. We must work together as a team to ensure that our families, businesses, places of worship, and neighborhoods are ready for any type of disaster that can potentially affect your local community. At Ready.gov/business, companies like yours can find vital information on how to begin preparing their organization and addressing their unique needs during an emergency situation. You can also contact your local SERVPRO® Franchise Professionals to find out more on how to be ready when disaster strikes with the SERVPRO® Emergency READY Program.
*Courtesy of - Restoration Newsline Volume 30 issue 9
Carbon Monoxide: A Silent Cold-Weather Killer
Carbon monoxide is a gas you cannot see, taste, or smell. According to ready.gov, an average of 430 Americans die each year from unintentional carbon monoxide poisoning. Oftentimes, it is a result of faulty, improperly used, or vented consumer products like furnaces, ranges, water heaters, room heaters, and engine-powered equipment, such as portable generators.
However, there are precautions you can take to help protect yourself, your family, and your employees from deadly carbon monoxide fumes.
Reduce the chance of carbon monoxide exposure in your workplace by performing regular maintenance on equipment and appliances that can produce carbon monoxide. Install carbon monoxide detectors on every level of the home, including outside of all bedrooms.
Consider having all fuel-burning heating equipment and chimneys serviced annually by a professional. Use portable generators on in well-ventilated areas aware from doors, windows, vents, and any other openings to prevent fumes from entering the home.
For additional carbon monoxide safety information, visit usfa.fema.gov or osha.gov.
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Recognized as a leading fire and water cleanup and restoration provider by hundreds of insurance companies, SERVPRO® of Carrollton also offers fast, reliable biohazard and crime scene cleanup* and restoration services to residential and commercial property owners.
Exposure to biological and chemical contaminants can pose serious health consequences for building occupants, employees, customers, and owners. A failure to properly handle and safely remove such hazardous substances can contribute to unhealthy and even dangerous environments.
SERVPRO® of Carrollton professionals are trained to safely and effectively remove biohazardous substances and prepare waste for proper disposal according to OSHA, EPA, and state and local health regulations.
Equipped with the necessary safety equipment and cleaning products, SERVPRO® of Carrollton helps turn unsafe environments into clean, safe homes and offices.
SERVPRO® of Carrollton can help with the following issues:
- Bloodborne Pathogens
- Methamphetamine Labs
- Crime Scene Residues
- Sewage Backups
- Black Water Intrusions
- Mold Mitigation and Remediation
State and local regulations vary. Contact SERVPRO® of Carrollton today at 770-258-7557 for 24-hour emergency service.
*Services vary by location
**Courtesy of Restoration Newsline Vol 29, Iss 6
Wet or Dry Sprinkler Systems: Which is Right for your Business?
While there are many sprinkler system types, the two most commonly used are wet and dry sprinkler systems. Fire Systems, Inc. repairs, installs, and inspects all types of sprinkler systems for commercial businesses in Atlanta and the state of Georgia. Fire Systems can help you choose which sprinkler system is best for your fire protection needs.
Wet vs. Dry Pipe Sprinkler Systems
Both wet and dry sprinkler systems extinguish fires using water, just in different ways.
In a wet system, the pipes are filled with pressurized water. When a fire occurs, the system immediately discharges water to extinguish the fire.
Conversely, dry systems are filled with pressurized nitrogen or air that keeps water at a riser. When a dry sprinkler system goes off, the pressure in the pipes drops, a valve opens, and water flows through the pipes and out to extinguish the fire.
Wet Sprinkler Systems
The sprinkler heads in a wet system are connected to pipes that are filled with water. The system automatically goes off when a fire is detected. Wet sprinkler systems are the number one choice for most businesses because they’re simple to use and require little maintenance. This system type is also very reliable since the water is automatically dispersed when a fire occurs.
Dry Sprinkler Systems
Sprinkler heads in a dry sprinkler system are connected to pipes that are filled with pressurized nitrogen or air. The gas or gas holds back water until a fire is detected.
Dry systems are the second most commonly used system. They are ideal for unheated buildings, parking garages, and warehouses since these types of properties can experience temperatures below 40°F (4.44 °C). Dry systems are also recommended for protecting areas that store sensitive equipment to minimize damage.
Handling Grease Fires That Flare Up on Your Grill
Grease fires can happen to anyone when they are cooking, but that does not make them any less frightening or damaging to you and your home. Because grills are often used primarily to cook meat, grease fires are extremely common during cookouts—there is data that indicates that over 5,000 grill fires happen each year, leading to millions in damages and thousands of personal burns.
Although anyone can experience a grease fire no matter how many precautions they take, by following these safety guidelines, you can significantly reduce the chances of one happening to you, keeping your cookouts safer for everyone around.
How to Prevent and Handle Grease Fires When Grilling
1. Perform the proper grill maintenance. Cleaning your grill’s grease traps and drip pans is always the No. 1 recommendation when it comes to preventing grease fires, because it is something that even the most experienced grill-masters can forget. These trays will typically be located underneath your burners and should be removed and emptied when the grill is off. Making it a habit to do this before you start grilling for the day is best.
2. Keep your grates cleaned. In addition to your drip pans, your grill’s grates can also use some TLC to prevent fires. Grease can become stuck on the grates after you grill, and because these can ignite if they get too hot, they can pose a hazard if not handled. Scrape your grill grates thoroughly after every use while the grill is still warm to prevent these food bits from posing a hazard next time.
3. Have a fire extinguisher handy. While many fires can be extinguished with water, putting out a grease fire requires special considerations due to their unique nature. Keep a multi-purpose fire extinguisher that is rated for grease fires nearby every time you use your grill so you can stop any fires before they grow out of hand.
If you have had fire damage to your home due to a grilling incident, you can count on us to be there for you. Give us a call at any hour to learn more about our restoration processes and receive a quick response from our team of technicians.
What to Consider When Packing an Office Emergency Kit
If you own a business, the safety of your staff is likely one of your top concerns throughout the average workday, but have you considered how to preserve that safety in the event of an emergency? While many situations will call for a quick evacuation, your workplace may have to go in a lockdown scenario to deal with certain disasters, so having an office emergency kit is something that officials certainly advise.
Understanding the purpose behind an emergency kit and what to pack will help you make the best decisions regarding specifically what your office may need. While there are some basics that are wise to always include, there are also plenty of extras that might prepare everyone for wider swath of scenarios that are possible.
What Is An Office Emergency Kit For?
To put it simply, an office emergency kit is for a situation where you and your staff might be stranded in the office after an emergency or disaster. While evacuation is often recommended in these unprecedented situations, there may be certain instances where you will need to stay put until help arrives instead. The emergency kit allows for everyone to have access to necessities, medical supplies, food and water to stay safe and comfortable until help arrives.
What Should the Office Emergency Kit Include?
Emergency kits are something you can keep basic or build out for every possible scenario, and how you approach this is entirely up to you. For a simple emergency kit, include the necessities:
- Non-perishable food, such as granola or protein bars
- Enough water to cover one gallon, per person, per day
- First-aid kits, aspirin and any other medical goods
- Flashlights and excess batteries
- An NOAA Weather Radio
In addition to the very basic items, you may also want to include extras to account for even more situations and keep everyone comfortable for as long as possible. This would include items such as multi-tools/Swiss Army knives, surgical masks, duct tape, toilet paper, hand sanitizer, gloves (both latex and work types), emergency blankets, hand warmers and whistles.
If your office is damaged due to a disaster or emergency, we are here to help. Contact us today to learn more about our restoration process.
Types of Smoke Damage a Fire Can Cause | SERVPRO of Carrolton
Every house fire is unique and causes specific types of damage based on what the initial source was, how long it burned and what was consumed by the flames. One of the ways that fire damage can manifest itself is via smoke residue left behind throughout the house.
The severity of smoke damage depends on several factors, but identifying it quickly and calling in your restoration team to have it handled is always recommended.
The Types of Smoke Damage That May be Present After a Fire
Wet Smoke Damage. Damage from wet smoke is generally a result of fires that burn at a lower temperature. These fires do not have as many flames but will produce an excess of smoke that can thickly coat the surfaces of your home. It can often feel sticky and wet to the touch, hence the name. Because of how it adheres to surfaces and saturates the air with a strong odor, wet smoke is one of the most difficult types to eradicate from a home.
Dry Smoke Damage. A hot, high-temperature fire such as one from a flammable liquid or a large number of open flames will produce a more dry smoke. This will result in smoke residue that is dry and powdery, which can settle into minuscule crevices and impact areas relatively far away from where the flames broke out in the home.
Protein Smoke. Associated with foods or other flammable organic materials catching fire, protein smoke is a unique type that results in a buildup of soot. Soot is quite dangerous, and this type of soot is generally difficult to see because it will be light in color. The residue it leaves behind is typically easy to feel, however, and it will likely cause a lingering odor as well.
Petroleum Smoke. Any time an oil-based material is burned, it will let off petroleum smoke. It produces an extreme odor and is generally quite dark in color, which can permanently discolor upholstery or wood if left untreated.
If you are in need of restoration due to fire and smoke damage, you can count on us. Call us today to learn more.
Commercial Sewage Damage
Floods, sewage backups, and other contaminated water can cause some of the worst damage to your commercial property. Contaminated water is often filled with deadly substances including bacteria, fungi, and viruses. This can be compounded by the composition of your commercial building. Organic materials such as drywall, wood, and debris found in carpet is prime breeding ground for pathogens and other bacteria and parasites to grow. The health risk to you and your employees is greatly increased when exposure to flood waters, sewage, and other types of contaminated water.
SERVPRO of Carrollton will dry the commercial building quickly and apply antimicrobial agents to all surfaces that had contact with the water to help make sure that they can eliminate any lingering contaminants. This can help ensure you and your employees that they can return to a safe working environment. If your commercial building is in need of water damage cleanup and repair, contact the professionals at SERVPRO of Carrollton at 770-258-7557. We are available 24/7 to help you get your business back “Like it never even happened.”
Commercial Water Damage
Many commercial business owners in the greater Carrollton area know that moisture is often the enemy especially when it can shut your business down. With an average of 50% of businesses not reopening following a major disaster, SERVPRO of Carrollton can help make sure your business isn't one of them.
Water can penetrate into any space and take advantage of even the smallest crack, causing damage to the structure. How it enters the building is irrelevant; the response should be the same. Calling in a professional commercial water damage specialist can help ensure there are no lingering health threats to you or your employees once the water damage has been eliminated.
SERVPRO of Carrollton is your local professional for all your commercial water damage needs. Call us today – 770-258-7557.
Restoring Your Commercial Property After a Water Damage Event
Flooding and water damage events at Carrollton commercial properties are often complex with numerous issues that require a knowledgeable and flexible response. Whether we’re dealing with a relatively small water cleanup scenario or a large scale event, we work quickly to assess each unique situation and isolate the damaged area. In many instances, normal operations can continue in a temporary space while we restore your facility.
Restoring Commercial Properties Presents Unique Challenges
Our professionals are trained to be mindful of legal and environmental concerns and strive to fully restore the damaged area while working within your budgetary constraints. We understand that every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when an emergency situation arises in your business, give us a call and we’ll be there fast with the help you need.
About SERVPRO of Carrollton
SERVPRO of Carrollton specializes in the cleanup and restoration of commercial and residential property after a water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.
How to Make Your Business Safe for Customers
When setting up your first business, health and safety can be last on the list of your priorities, for both employees and the customers visiting your business. However, it is vital that your business has the right health and safety procedures to continue to operate and avoid fines and claims against you made by injured parties.
Get Your Emergency Lighting Checked
In Australia, you are legally required as a business to have operating emergency lighting that can signal to visitors where the nearest exit is during an emergency such as a fire or security breach. Emergency lighting is important to direct customers to safe checkpoints quickly and calmly. If these are not visible, it can put both you, your employees, and your customers in danger. However, many businesses do not check that their emergency lighting is working on a regular basis, leading to issues during emergency procedures. To ensure that your emergency lighting systems are working efficiently, you should invest in emergency lighting testing, which can help to determine the safety of your lighting during an unforeseen event alongside government regulations.
Install Online Security Measures
Many businesses, especially those that provide specialist services or who run e-commerce stores as well as a physical shop, store a lot of customer data at any one time, including information such as bank details and addresses. If you do not install the appropriate security measures onto your device, this can lead to hackers and identity thieves accessing your customer’s data and leading to a lack of customer trust in your business. To make sure that your business is safe online, you should install a reliable firewall or security system to analyze any threats that your computer comes into contact with, and use trustworthy applications to store customer data such as the Cloud, which has many protections in place.
Create Evacuation Plans
Businesses who value health and safety will also have developed detail evacuation plans in line with their health and safety plans and guidelines. These plans will allow employees to know what to do in an emergency to help to secure the safety of their customers. For instance, you should state the nearest and most easily accessible exist from any location, the muster points, and who the fire marshals are on any given day. Not only this, but your health and safety plan should also include your responsibilities and how you intend to protect customers, such as doing a risk assessment.
Consider Safety in Your Design
You also need to take a more practical approach to health and safety in the workplace by creating a safe environment to work and shop within. This includes having wide aisles through which customers, including people with disabilities, can browse in safety. You should also make sure that the materials in your design are safety, such as having non-slippery surfaces and checking the building for toxic materials such as asbestos. You should also make sure that there are no live wires or exposed wires in your retail unit to avoid trips and other injuries.
Appoint a Health and Safety Officer
When setting up your business, it is also important to appoint a health and safety officer who can create plans and procedures to increase the safety of your business, attend any safety incidences, and spot and deal with any risks as they arise throughout the running of your day-to-day business. If you are struggling with this, you may consider employing an external professional or consultant who can advise you on how to improve your procedures in terms of health and safety rather than assigning health and safety as a duty to one of your employees.
Perform a Risk Assessment
It is also vital that you perform a risk assessment for your business to make sure that you are aware of any problem areas and so that you are able to find a solution to any potential problems, such as places where visitors could trip or become injured. This check will allow you to ascertain that you are in line with legal health and safety policies and will also help you to create a health and safety policy for your workplace that will keep your customers safe.
If you are concerned about the health and safety of your business for both your employees and your customers, there are a number of steps that you can take to protect anyone on the premises of your business. From sufficient staff training to performing a risk assessment, it is relatively simple to consider health and safety in your business’ set up.
*Courtesy of http://www.businesses.com.au/reports/latest-business-news/436089-how-to-make-your-business-safe-for-customers