Is your small business ready for whatever happens?
Does your business have a plan for when disaster strikes?
Being prepared for an emergency is an essential part of a business operation plan, because when business is disrupted it can cause loss of revenue and additional unforeseen expenses. Among the consequences and aftermath of damaging disasters is the fact that many businesses have a hard time recovering from the loss of income. According to the Red Cross, 40 percent of small businesses suffer so greatly after a disaster that once they shut down, they never reopen.
SERVPRO offers an Emergency Ready Profile (ERP) free of charge to local businesses around the Florida area. SERVPRO ERPs offer several advantages to your business including:
- A concise Profile Document of your business
- This contains the critical information needed in the event of an emergency & saves time and money if ever needed
- Only takes a little time to complete and doesn’t interfere with your business’s current projects
- A description of your facility’s details (i.e., shut-off valve locations, priority areas, and important contact information
- A comprehensive guide to get you back into your building ASAP following a disaster
- This minimizes the amount of time your business is inactive since you’ll have an immediate plan of action
- An established relationship with SERVPRO as your damage mitigation and restoration provider
- We’re close by, ready to respond, and available 24/7
- Identification of chain of command for work authorization within your company
- This expedites the process of beginning damage mitigation and restoration for your company, reducing downtime and costs
SERVPRO ERPs allow your business to have a quick reference of what to do when an emergency happens and how to do it. Be assured that you’ve got a professional industry leader right nearby, who’s “Ready for whatever happens.”
How can SERVPRO help with biohazard concerns
SERVPRO of Greater Carrollwood / Citrus Park does more than just fire and water restoration. Our professionals can also help you with Biohazard, Vandalism and Crime Scene Cleanup.
Bloodborne pathogens can be scary. Bodily fluids, tissues and other potentially risky substances can be removed and disposed of properly by our technicians who are trained in proper biohazard removal.
Crime scene residue can be overwhelming. Once law enforcement is finished with the area, let our professional technicians come in and deal with the fingerprint powder, evidence-gathering chemicals and residues from tear gas or pepper spray.
Arson and vandalism can leave a home or business owner feeling vulnerable, violated and unsafe. Let SERVPRO of Greater Carrollwood / Citrus Park take care of the aftermath. Our team can remove spray paint, clean up broken glass and clean up after a fire.
We are always “Here to Help” in any situation you might encounter. We pride ourselves in being a bright spot in a bad situation. Should you ever need our services, you can call our office anytime. (813) 694-9085
7 Steps in Preventing Water Damage
One of the highest insurance claims by homeowners is water damage, according to a study done by the Insurance Institute. In fact, leaky pipes and in often cases appliances cause millions of dollars of damage in freezing weather and storms annually. While you’re on vacation, it’s no surprise that a leaky pipe can burst and cause hundreds of dollars of repairs.
Step 1. Check for Leaks Before Going on Vacation
Before embarking on your trip, check pipes under your sinks and the water heater for any rust, cracks, or damage. You should also check the seals around your windows to make sure there are no cracks that might cause water damage. Additionally, check the exterior of your house and see what condition your roof shingles are in. If any show damage, getting them replaced before leaving for vacation is a good idea.
Step 2. Inspect Your Major Appliances
It’s important that you inspect the hoses that connect to important appliances in your home, such as dishwashers, washer/dryers, and refrigerator. If there is any damage, you should get the hose replaced before you leave to prevent extensive water damage.
Step 3. Clear Out Your Gutters
Make sure to get any debris out of your rain gutters before leaving for vacation. This way, you won’t have any blockages that can cause damage while you’re away.
Step 4. Inspect Your Sump Pump
Make sure it is in good condition and clear any debris from clogging the pit. You should also run a few tests, listening to the sounds it makes and making sure that the water in the pump is actually going outside. You should also install a battery-powered backup in case there is a power outage while you’re away.
Step 5. Insulate Exposed Pipes
If you are planning on being away from your home during the winter, it can be a good idea to insulate any exposed pipes. This will prevent them from freezing while you are away.
Step 6. Get Someone to Check on Your Home
Call a friend or hire a professional house sitter to check on your home every week while you are gone. Instruct them to ensure that the heat is always on if your vacation is during the winter. Also, show them where the water main is in case of an emergency.
Step 7. Turn Off the Water
Lastly, if you cannot find someone to check on your home, you should turn off the water main. You will also want to drain the pipes completely so that they do not freeze or burst during the colder months. To do this, run the water and flush your toilet after you turn off the water. You should also open the cabinets under your sink to let the warm air surround the pipes.
If you do experience water damage while you are away from your home, contact SERVPRO of Greater Carrollwood / Citrus Park as soon as possible. (813) 694-9085.
What to look for in a restoration company.
When looking for a restoration company in Florida, there are a number of features you may want to look at including the ability to be “faster to any size disaster.” Choosing the right company for your property's restoration needs can make a difference. Here are some things you may want to consider.
The Ability to Deal with Multiple Damage Types
Many professional restoration services like SERVPRO® offer the ability to work with multiple damage types. This is often because one type of damage can lead to another. For example, fire put out by water can also result in mold if the water is left to stand too long. Most restoration companies can help fix smoke and fire damage, water damage, storm damage and also offer mold remediation for this exact reason.
2. A Quick Response Time
Being faster to any size disaster also means arriving with the right materials and equipment required to do the job. Locally owned franchises such as SERVPRO® have locations across the country allowing them to be where they need to be when disaster strikes. Because they are a franchise, they also have access to corporate equipment and materials, which gives them the ability to handle large-scale jobs as well.
3. They Offer a Variety of Services
A restoration company such as SERVPRO® also offer a variety of services designed to help your agent process the insurance claim. These include an electronics inventory service as well as an online database that provides access to information such as photographs and progress reports for the damaged areas, estimates, filed paperwork, and many other details needed for a properly filed claim.
Whether you're choosing a restoration company because they have the ability to be faster to any size disaster, or they can deal with multiple damage types, you may also want to look at the other services they provide. Many companies can help you clean your damaged items as well as the structure and has services they can offer which can make keeping track of the details needed by your insurance provider easier.
Having a company that can coordinate the whole process from start to finish to make your life easier and gets you back in your home or business faster. “Like it never even happened.”
If you would like more information on hiring a team experienced in Multiple Types of Restoration Call SERVPRO of Greater Carrollwood / Citrus Park today at (813) 694-9085.
Flu Season: prevention tips
Sneezing. Sniffling. Aching. Fever. It might seem that the flu season should be wrapping up, but don’t be so sure about that already: this year’s flu season is right up there with some of the worst that have ever been recorded. And all states in the US have reported wide-spread flu activity so far this season – all except Hawaii, anyway.
The flu spreads easily and strikes quickly, but you’re not completely defenseless.
When it comes to flu prevention, we’ve got 5 tips for you – and they all involve the place where you likely spend the majority of your time: your home.
- Wash your hands!
One of the single most important things you can do to prevent the spread of the flu virus is to wash your hands. A great habit to get into is washing your hands first thing when you get home. This will help to minimize the influx of viruses and bacteria that you may be carrying around with you from your day.
- Change your dishtowels regularly, or use paper towel
You and your family share more than you might realize. Stop sharing germs by making sure that you launder your towels regularly, or better yet, just use disposable paper towels to minimize germ transfer from person to person.
- Break out your humidifier
Might sound strange, but the flu virus doesn’t thrive well in humid, warm environments, so up your defense by utilizing your humidifier.
- Wipe down all hard surfaces
Flu germs float in the air, but they eventually have to land somewhere! Disinfect hard surfaces like counter tops, handles, faucets, light switches, etc.
- Look at your home from ‘Kid-Level’
Be sure to wipe down and disinfect areas your children have more access to, including those cabinets you may have overlooked during your cleaning, or the floors they may be crawling around on.
Follow these tips and stay healthy this flu season, and as always, we’re here “Ready for whatever happens” should you need a little help cleaning!
A Smoother Claims Process
If you have suffered a disaster at your home or business the last thing you want is more to worry about. For this reason, our team ensures they make the claim process as stress free as possible. SERVPRO of Greater Carrollwood / Citrus Park will help make it “Like it never even happened.” That way you and your family or business can get back to what is important.
Our goal is to make the insurance process as smooth as possible. Therefore, we will:
- Create thorough visual and written documentation of the damage to your home or business
- Document the condition of each item we remove for cleaning or storage
- Work directly with your insurer, communicating with you at all times
- Handle the paperwork to make sure the processing and payment of your claim is as fast as it can be
We are so proud that so many insurance companies recommend SERVPRO to their client. They are fully aware of the benefits that come along with our partnership. We do everything we can to make the entire process as easy as possible.
Our Team is here for you if you experience a disaster. Our technicians have specialized training and years of experience in water, fire, mold and bio-hazard clean up and restoration services. Call us anytime. (813) 694-9085 We are available 24/7.
Ice Dam, What's that?
Have you ever heard of an ice dam?
Ice dams can be a little-known, but major problem during the snowy season. They form when heated air melts roof snow downward into water dammed behind still-frozen ice. When the trapped water cannot safely flow or run into the gutter system, it can backflow under the roof ’s shingles and
into the structure’s interior areas, as well as causing gutters and shingles to move or fall.
So what causes ice dams?
They’re often caused from poor ventilation and climate control within the attic of a home. When the attic gets too warm, this can cause snow on the roof of the home to melt. When your home has recessed lighting, skylights, intricate roof designs and/or heating ducts, you’re probably at an increased chance for an ice dam to form.
How can you check for ice dams?
You can look for some warning signs that will tip you off to the presence of the elusive ice dam. Icicles can be an initial sign, according to Travelers.com. To spot ice dams inside, “check for water stains or moisture in your attic or along the ceiling of exterior walls of your house. Water stains or moisture may be an indication that an ice dam has formed and water has penetrated the roof membrane.” Another sign is if ice is coming through the home’s soffits or forming in the gutters, or there’s ice appearing on the exterior walls.
Do you know what to do if you have an ice dam?
Removing an ice dam as soon as it is found is vital to helping prevent damage to your property and can be done using heated cables, a roof shovel, or calcium chloride ice melt. If winter weather causes water damage to your property, we’re here to help. Call us at SERVPRO of Greater Carrollwood / Citrus Park; we’re available 24/7, ready to restore to preloss condition.
Freezing Temps & Freezing Pipes
Now that winter is finally here, there’s bursting pipes everywhere!
As temperatures drop below freezing, water pipes both at your home and your workplace run the risk of freezing and potentially bursting. When this happens, flooding and damage can occur to the property and possessions. Although bursting pipes can lead to a myriad of issues, the good thing is that this can often be avoided. Here are a few tips to help safeguard against freezing pipes:
Add extra insulation
Pipes that are located in the basement or attic may not be adequately protected from freezing temperatures. Adding extra insulation, such as fiberglass or foam rubber, can be a solution for exposed pipe in these areas.
Caulk holes and cracks
All holes and cracks near pipes should be sealed to keep out cold air and keep warm air inside. This should be done both on the inside and the outside of the building.
Drip your faucets
Opening the faucet can relieve pressure in the pipe that is created from the frozen water, keeping the pressure from building up and therefore reducing the chances that the pipe bursts and you have a flooding situation.
Open cabinet doors
Warm air will more readily circulate around pipes if cabinet doors are kept open. If the air around the pipe is kept warm, the chances of water freezing within the line will be reduced.
Make sure the heat is up
Keep your household or business temperature above 50 degrees Fahrenheit, even when there’s no one occupying the building for periods of time.
In the event that disaster does strike and damage is done by frozen pipes flooding your property, our team here at SERVPRO of Greater Carrollwood / Citrus Park is ready to spring into action and make it “Like it never even happened.” Call us anytime, we're ready to respond to your emergency 24/7.
Water damage and importance of timely water mitigation
You depend on your business to keep money flowing in, and you depend on the building where it’s located to keep business going. When a pipe or supply line springs a leak, however, it can throw a kink into your week. The time it takes for you to arrange pipe burst cleanup can make the difference between a simple cleanup or more extensive water damage.
The First Few Minutes
Water damage can be caused by a variety of events:
• Pipes breaking
• Supply line leaking
• Toilet overflowing
• Adverse weather flooding
• Foundation cracking
Even if all you need is pipe burst cleanup or supply line repair, the first few minutes of water cleanup are crucial. Turning off the source stops more water from making the problem worse.
The First Few Hours
The longer water sits, the more potential havoc it wreaks. Walls can start to disintegrate, and items made of pressed wood can start to swell and warp if they are exposed to too much humidity. Water from burst pipes and supply lines can still damage the furniture, floors and supplies in your workplace. Call SERVPRO of Greater Carrollwood / Citrus Park (813) 694-9085
The First Few Days
Water damage that persists can interrupt your business, having a negative effect on your bottom line. It can also become a breeding ground for mold and bacteria growth.
To limit the extent of water damage to your business, SERVPRO of Greater Carrollwood / Citrus Park needs to begin pipe burst cleanup as soon as possible. By acting quickly, you may be able to turn a potentially massive setback into an easy fix. For more information about commercial restoration, call now (813)694-9085
Emergency Ready Profile: When "What If" become "What Now?"
Being a property manager or landlord is not always an 8 to 5 job. Mishaps and problems do not care if you are on vacation or if you are out of the office; they can arise 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. The key to being prepared before disaster strikes and dealing with these unforeseen circumstances is to implement our Emergency Ready Profile.
As many 50% of businesses have to close down following a disaster. Majority of businesses that survive a disaster had a preparedness plan in place beforehand. Pre-planning can serve as an insurance policy aimed at peace of mind. SERVPRO’s Emergency READY Profile not only helps your business in having a plan in place but also assists to keep you and your staff members informed on exactly how to handle fire and water damage.
To learn more about SERVPRO’s Emergency READY Profile you can visit http://ready.SERVPRO.com or call SERVPRO of Greater Carrollwood / Citrus Park at (813) 694-9085.