Hurricanes With Your Business Property
Preparation is Key for Water Damage Remediation
SERVPRO's Emergency Ready Profile (ERP) system allows business owners to easily keep track of all properties and locations during a hurricane, and respond appropriately. Using the tool, you can create multiple individualized profiles and information sets for each property you own, and with just a few clicks after an emergency, our technicians will have all the information they need to get to work on mitigating damage. As a result, they can save owners of multiple properties, such as landlords, thousands in repair costs after a hurricane by responding quickly to each location.
During a hurricane, commercial water damage in apartments and rental properties can come in the form of flooding, staining, physical damages, rain exposure, and any of a host of other small problems. Usually, our technicians have to spend precious time evaluating the building and formulating an approach, but this process is hastened with SERVPRO's ERP system. Through it, they can access relevant contact information, building plans and layouts, and critical information about utility systems. This is especially useful in attached properties, which may share utilities and resources with neighboring locations.
Generally, the information you submit to the ERP system is the same information that we will ask for during the emergency. The main difference is that instead of having to operate under heavy time constraints and rely on you to be available to provide that information, we can access the information digitally and before we even arrive. When a disaster like a hurricane hits, you can log onto our website or open up the app and have us responding with all the info we need in seconds. For apartments and rental properties, this can include relevant information and contact routes for tenants, ensuring that they make it through the process unscathed as well.
SERVPRO of Bryan, Effingham, McIntosh, and East Liberty Counties operates on the principle of mitigation to respond around the clock and save landlords thousands in restoration costs. Call us at (912) 445-5190 for our help or to learn more about the ERP system.
Water Damage Prevention
Check the wood siding of your home for any indication of water damage. You want the wood to your home approximately a foot away from the ground.
Ensure your sprinkler system is not spraying on your actual home. This could cause water to seep into the foundation.
Locate the valve to the water in case of emergency and this needs to be turned off. You may want to inform family members where the valve is in case you are not home during the emergency.
Lastly, you want to check nature growing around your home. Tree limbs and vines can be detrimental. If you notice any issues with your home in regards to water damage, do not wait to call someone to inspect the area.
SERVPRO of Bryan, Effingham, McIntosh, and East Liberty Counties is always ready to respond to any call and make it "Like it never even happened."
How to Prevent Water Damage from Water Disasters
Water damage is one of the most common and costliest disasters your home can experience, costing billions of dollars annually.
Properly maintaining a home is one of the best ways to prevent water damage from water disasters.
The following are some helpful tips:
1. Reseal your basement
2. Make sure water drains away from the building
3. Install a backwater valve.
4. Inspect appliance hoses and faucets
5. Inspect showers and tubs
6. When away on vacation, shut off the water supply to the washing machine
7. Know the location of the main water shut-off valve in your home
8. Install an emergency pressure release valve in your plumbing system
9. Check plumbing and heating pipes
10. Caulk and seal windows
11. Inspect your roof
12. Check your downspouts
13. Check sprinklers and irrigation systems
14. Install gutter guards
15. Store off-season and other bulk belongings in waterproof bins
16. Never store valuables or memorabilia where there is risk of destruction from water
17. Keep belongings stored on shelving off the floor in the basements
18. Keep an up to date home inventory
If water damage occurs, remember to call SERVPRO of Bryan, Effingham, McIntosh, and East Liberty Counties.
Our goal is to make it "Like it never even happened."
IICRC Trauma & Crime Scene Clean Up Training
A mock crime scene for training.
Frank Harris, the owner of SERVPRO of Bryan, Effingham, McIntosh, & East Liberty Counties, participated in IICRC Trauma and Crime Scene Clean Up Training (TCST).
The TCST training course reviews the process for inspecting and investigating crime and trauma scenes, which may involve blood and other potentially infectious materials. The course focuses on the procedures to follow as well as the precautions that must be taken.
PLEASE NOTE: This is not an actual trauma or crime scene. This is a mock version for training purposes only.
The instructor, Bruce DeLoatch, with our technicians during the IICRC training.
Effective training is the best way to ensure our customers receive the services they deserve. With SERVPRO our technicians are trained to the IICRC standards.
IICRC stands for Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification.
Our technicians with SERVPRO of Bryan, Effingham, McIntosh & East Liberty County attended the IICRC Triple Certification Course for CCT (Carpet Cleaning Technician) and FSRT/OCT (Fire and Odor Combo) last week and even devoted their time to coming throughout the weekend.
Our technicians take pride in the work that they do and enjoyed the classes they attended. The classes taught everyone new techniques that can be used to make the experience even better.
We take pride in the quality of work that our technicians produce and we are always looking into continuing our education so we can make the experience even better for our customers.
With any disaster, big or small, our goal is to make it "Like it never even happened."
Spring and Summer Storm Tips
Each year, thunderstorms alone cause approximately $15 billion in property damage. Summer and spring seasons are the most vulnerable to these destructive and frightening storms.
There are several ways to prepare your property for the summer.
1. Always have an emergency kit with these items that you probably already have in your house: flashlight, battery powered weather radio, extra batteries to fit each electronic, non-perishable foods, lots of bottled water, can opener, first aid kit, fire extinguisher, blankets, extra clothes, sturdy shoes or boots, clock or watch, whistle to signal for help, and any important personal items and documents.
2. Know the safest structure of your home to go to during a severe storm such as a basement, underground cellar, or even the most inner part of your home away from windows.
3. Get routine maintenance on your roof and the foundation. Cracks in the roof are the number one leading cause to flooding damage.
4. Cut down any unwanted trees or limbs and get your trees trimmed before summer storm season. Trees and branches can fall on your property and damage the siding, windows, and roof.
5. Contact your insurance company to be more familiar with your policy. Most home insurers do not cover flooding damage.
6. Keep all expensive and favored possessions off the floor and away from low ground in case of flooding.
7. Invest in storm windows.
8. Keep all patio furniture, grills, etc in doors before a summer storm hits. Do not forget to part your vehicles in the garage.
9. If your town is evacuating due to a hurricane, secure and board up windows and any openings of your home.
10. Finally, take those summer storm warnings and alerts seriously, especially tornado and hurricane warnings. Tornadoes and hurricanes can lead to total property loss and even death.
All About Our Fur-Babies
Contact your local animal shelter to find out more information on providing a fur-baby with a fur-ever home.
Approximately 6.5 million animals are entered into U.S. animal shelters nationwide each year. Of those, approximately 3.3 million are dogs and 3.2 million are cats.
Each year, approximately 1.5 million shelter animals are euthanized (670,000 dogs and 860,000 cats).
Approximately 3.2 million shelter animals are adopted each year (1.6 million dogs and 1.6 million cats).
Animals play a very important role in our everyday lives. Having an animal as a pet gives you a sense of companionship but it also helps with emotional support, reduces stress levels, sense of loneliness, and helps us to increase our social activities. Pets are very beneficial to our emotional, mental, & physical health. For children, having a pet can help with self-esteem and positive emotional development.
Having a pet allows you to be responsible for someone other than yourself and make you appreciate the innocence in the world. For some people, their pet is all they have in life and may be the very reason they wake up each morning.
Here at SERVPRO we value and appreciate the bond a person has with their fur-baby. We want to hear your story. Did you decide to adopt a fur-baby and give it a fur-ever home, if so then please share your story with us, don’t forget to share pictures.
SERVPRO of Bryan, Effingham, McIntosh & East Liberty County is proud to announce that we have chosen to sponsor the Bryan County Animal Shelter.
Make sure to stay tuned for more information from SERVPRO on how we are contributing to make our local fur-babies find their fur-ever homes.
February Employee of the Month
Scott Kingery, February Employee of the Month
Here at SERVPRO we value each of our employees. People rarely succeed unless they have fun in what they are doing and that is what we strive for. We have learned that the only way to do great work is to love what you do.
Every month SERVPRO likes to recognize an employee that brings a positive attitude and goes above and beyond to help the company grow as a whole.
Scott Kingery is one of our many dedicated employees and it is our honor to name him February Employee of the Month.
Scott has been with SERVPRO for 6 years and has been a true asset to the company.
Scott, thank you for all that you do to make this company run efficiently and for the respect you give to our customers and staff.
March Employee of the Month
Wiliam Brower, March Employee of the Month
Here at SERVPRO we value each of our employees. Your work is going to fill up a huge part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. We have learned that the only way to do great work is to love what you do.
Every month SERVPRO likes to recognize an employee that brings positivity to work place and most importantly to our customers.
William Brower is one of our many dedicated employees and it is our honor to name him March Employee of the Month.
William has been with SERVPRO for a brief time, but has managed to excel and show us that he is a true asset to our company.
William, thank you for your hard work and dedication to the company. We truly appreciate all that you do.
Biohazard- Compulsive Hoarding
This is what Hoarding Disorder looks like.
SERVPRO is known for water & fire damage clean up, mold remediation, storm damage clean up, & commercial services; however, were you aware that SERVPRO also handles Biohazard clean up?
We provide cleanup and recovery services for many biohazard situations, one being hoarding scenes. According to hoarding statistics, about 5% of the entire population in the universe displays some sort of clinical hoarding.
Being someone diagnosed with Hoarding Disorder (HD) can be difficult, as they find it hard to part with their possessions because of the perceived need to save them.
SERVPRO understands the toll hoarding can take on an individual and their family. In some cases a person diagnosed with Hoarding Disorder (HD) can be ordered by the court system to clean up the home and property.
So the question is why SERVPRO? Our company is trained to safely remove biohazards of all types and dispose of them properly in accordance with OSHA and health regulations. SERVPRO also realizes that a hoarding scene can be both dangerous and extremely emotional for the customer and their family.