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Disaster Preparedness Tips for Commercial Property Owners

3/5/2018 (Permalink)

Successful business owners are thoroughly prepared for any possible disaster or business interruption. In the event of a disaster, how ready are you to respond appropriately? 

To help mitigate losses during a disaster follow these tips:

  1. Regularly review and update emergency plans
  2. Regularly inspect buildings for repairs
    • Finding and addressing issues, such as leaking roofs or windows, can prevent unnecessary water damage or mold growth.
  3. Create an emergency contact list with approved vendors for repairs and restoration 
    •  The emergency list should include contact information for approved contractors, plumbers, electricians, water and fire damage restoration vendors, and other helpful vendors.
  4. Communicate well with employees
    • Communication is key to mitigating losses after a disaster. Each and every employee should your emergency plans and how to respond to a disaster, like a broken pipe or sprinkler system malfunction. 
  5. Educate employees on how to prevent unnecessary water, fire, or mold damages
    • For tips on responding to a water loss please click here.
    • For tips on responding to fire damage please click here
    • For tips on preventing mold growth please click here

If you would like to learn more about emergency planning for property managers please send an email to kayla@SERVPROofcovington.com

How Much of Your Belongings can You Save After a Fire?

2/20/2018 (Permalink)

According to the National Fire Protection Association, over five hundred thousand structure fires devastated homes and businesses in the United States in 2015. These losses account for more than ten billion dollars in property damage costs. 
After the fire, the home or business owner's remains are left covered in soot. Acidic soot will cause even more harm to belongings. Thankfully, some items can be restored with quick, proper cleaning. SERVPRO of Greater Covington and Mandeville specializes in structural cleaning, contents cleaning, and deodorization. We are open 24/7 to respond to any disaster. Give us a call after a fire and we will do our best to help take care of you in a difficult situation. 

For more information on fire damage in the U.S. visit http://www.nfpa.org/

For more information on cleanup and restoration practices after a fire visit http://www.IICRC.org/what-after-smoke-damage-has-happened-a-140.html

Disaster Preparedness Tips for Property Managers

2/19/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Disaster Preparedness Tips for Property Managers SERVPRO of Greater Covington and Mandeville specializes in water, fire and mold damage restoration for both residential and commercial clients.

Successful property managers are thoroughly prepared for any possible disaster or business interruption. In the event of a disaster, such as a hurricane or fire, both commercial property owners and tenants rely on their property managers to facilitate an emergency plan. 

To help mitigate losses during a disaster follow these tips:

  1. Regularly review and update emergency plans
  2. Regularly inspect buildings for repairs
    • Finding and addressing issues, such as leaking roofs or windows, can prevent unnecessary water damage or mold growth.
  3. Create an emergency contact list with approved vendors for repairs and restoration 
    •  The emergency list should include contact information for approved contractors, plumbers, electricians, water and fire damage restoration vendors, and other helpful vendors.
  4. Communicate with clients 
    • Communication is key to mitigating losses after a disaster. Both property owners and tenants should be well aware of disaster recovery and evacuation plans. 
  5. Educate clients to prevent unnecessary water, fire, or mold damages
    • Commercial property tenants should be taught how to mitigate losses and prevent water, fire, or mold damages.
    • For tips on responding to a water loss please click here.
    • For tips on responding to fire damage please click here
    • For tips on preventing mold growth please click here

If you would like to learn more about emergency planning for property managers please send an email to kayla@SERVPROofcovington.com

Disaster Preparedness for Your Pets

2/16/2018 (Permalink)

Creating a thorough emergency plan includes preparing for your pet's need as well. Remember, if if you must evacuate due to an emergency, then it is not safe for your pet to stay home either. Your evacuation plan should consider where your pets will be accepted. Make a list ahead of time of hotels that are pet friendly along your evacuation route and near your final destination. Some hotels and shelters do not accept animals. And lastly, build a travel emergency kit for your animals. This will help you save time when you must evacuate. 

Items to include in your pet's emergency kit:

  • leashes, harnesses, and/or carriers to transport animals
  • food, drinking water, bowls, can opener
  • cat litter and pan
  • medications and copies of medial records
  • a first aid kit
  • current photos of you with your pet/s in case they get lost
  • information on feeding schedules, contact information for veterinarian, medical conditions, and behavior problems in case you have to board or foster your pets
  • pet beds and toys

For disaster preparedness tips for traveling with exotic animals or livestock, please visit http://www.humanesociety.org/?referrer=http://www.redcross.org/get-help/how-to-prepare-for-emergencies/pet-disaster-preparedness

Tips for Making a Helpful Hurricane Emergency Kit

2/12/2018 (Permalink)

You can never be too prepared when it comes to a hurricane. Besides readying your home and creating an evacuation plan, you should assemble a basic disaster supplies kit. A disaster supplies kit should include all the necessities for surviving at least 72 hours and unique items your family may need, like items for pets or seniors. 

A basic disaster supplies kit should include:

  • Water (one gallon of water per day per person for at least 3 days)
  • Food (at least a three day supply of nonperishable foods for each person)
  • Battery powered or hand crank radio
  • Extra batteries
  • Flashlight
  • First aid kit
  • Whistle 
  • Manual can opener
  • Garbage bags
  • Moist towelettes 
  • Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities 
  • Cell phone and extra chargers (power bank)
  • Copies of important documents (insurance policies, identification, bank account statements, etc.) 

Your family may need to include other items, such as:

  • Prescription medications
  • Pet food and extra water 
  • Glasses, contacts, contact solution
  • Infant formula, diapers, wipes, etc.
  • Cash or traveler's checks
  • Sleeping bags and blankets
  • Feminine products
  • Personal hygiene items
  • Books, puzzles, and games for children

Remember to store your emergency supplies kit in a cool, dry place and to asses your family's needs each year before hurricane season begins. 

For more information on preparing for hurricane season, please visit https://www.ready.gov/hurricanes

The Mold Remediation Process

1/22/2018 (Permalink)

First and foremost, the moisture source of the mold growth must be eliminated or fixed before cleaning can begin. If you notice a water leak, please contact a plumber immediately. 

Mold remediation can simplified into three steps:

  1. Control Environment-Set up containment, air filtration equipment and negative air flow to control environment and prevent further contamination.
  2. Remove and Clean- Remove and properly dispose of all porous materials contaminated with mold. Clean all nonporous materials contaminated with mold, HEPA vacuum, and apply anti-microbial agent.
  3. Dry Structure- Dry structure to reduce moisture levels below that which enables growth. Obtain final clearance testing from Indoor Environmental Professional (IEP).

SERVPRO of Greater Covington and Mandeville specializes in mold remediation for both commercial and residential buildings. If you notice mold growing in your home or business, please give us a call today at 985-871-5375. 

Fire Restoration Process

1/22/2018 (Permalink)

The fire restoration process is very detailed and time consuming. However, the process can be simply broken down into three main steps:

  1. Assess Situation- We identify what can or can not be salvaged. With the approval of insurance adjuster and client, we discard of certain materials. We test for smoke damage on structure and contents.
  2. Pretest and Clean-Utilizing professional products and tools we pretest and clean both contents and structure, removing soot damage. Air ducts will be cleaned of soot damage as well.
  3. Deodorize-After structure has been cleaned properly, we deodorize the property using a thermal fogger.

SERVPRO of Greater Covington and Mandeville specializes in fire and soot damage restoration for both commercial and residential properties. If your home or business has incurred fire or soot damage, please give us a call today at 985-871-5375. 

How to Thaw Frozen Pipes

1/17/2018 (Permalink)

If you turn on a faucet and only a trickle comes out, suspect a frozen pipe. Likely places for frozen pipes are against exterior walls or where your water service enters your home through the foundation. If your pipes freeze, then try to thaw them following the tips below and call a professional plumber when necessary. If your pipes break, then immediately turn off the main water supply to your home or business to prevent further damages.

  • Keep the faucet open. As you treat the frozen pipe and the frozen area begins to melt, water will begin to flow through the frozen area. Running water through the pipe will help melt ice in the pipe.
  • Apply heat to the section of pipe using an electric heating pad wrapped around the pipe, an electric hair dryer, a portable space heater (kept away from flammable materials), or by wrapping pipes with towels soaked in hot water. Do not use a blowtorch, kerosene or propane heater, charcoal stove, or other open flame device.
  • Apply heat until full water pressure is restored. If you are unable to locate the frozen area, if the frozen area is not accessible, or if you can not thaw the pipe, call a licensed plumber.

Remember to check all other faucets in your home to find out if you have additional frozen pipes. If one pipe freezes, others may freeze, too.

SERVPRO of Greater Covington and Mandeville is available 24/7 for emergency water damage restoration. 

985-871-5375

How to Create a Fire Escape Plan for Your Family

1/15/2018 (Permalink)

According to the National Fire Protection Association, there were 1,342,000 fires in the United States in 2016, of which 475,500 were structure fires. One home structure fire was reported every ninety seconds. Most businesses have fire escape plans to help saves lives during an emergency. Creating a fire escape plan for the home should be just as common, especially for families with young children or with special needs family members. Being prepared saves lives during an emergency.  

Thankfully, NFPA has created an easy how to guide for creating a home fire escape plan:

  • Draw a map of your home. Show all windows and doors.
  • Visit each room and recognize two ways out. 
  • All windows and doors should open easily. You should be able to use them to get outside. 
  • Make sure your home has smoke alarms. Test your alarms regularly. 
  • Pick a meeting place for when you must evacuate. The meeting place should be in front of the home. 
  • Make sure your house or building number can be seen from the street.
  • Talk about the plan with everyone in your home. 
  • Learn the emergency phone number for your local fire department. 

Most importantly, practice the plan with everyone in your home. This can be a fun exercise for children. Have them draw a map of your home and color all the possible escape routes. Once or twice a year go over the plan with everyone in the home again. 

To learn more about fire safety in the home please click here

Interactive Mold House Tour

1/15/2018 (Permalink)

The United State Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) website is a great resource for learning about mold and mold cleanup. For the most part, mold growth in your home or business is easily preventable. Moisture control is the number one key to stopping microbial growth in a property. Keeping the humidity level low, fixing any water damaged materials, and responding quickly to pipe leaks can save you a lot of time and money in dealing with mold damages. The EPA has created an interactive mold house tour to highlight how mold can become a problem in certain areas of your home and what you can do to prevent this from happening. To view the interactive mold house tour please click here

If you suspect mold growing in your home or business please give us a call today at 985-871-5375.