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Are You Prepared?

11/2/2018 (Permalink)

According to the latest industry research, as many as 50% of businesses will not recover after experiencing some sort of disaster. Of those that will recover, a swift reaction to whatever life throws your way can greatly increase your odds of re-opening. This is where SERVPRO excels in their industry. While no one can plan for exactly when disaster strikes, you can plan how you will react; by calling SERVPRO and let us do the rest. 

No matter the size of your business, SERVPRO has the training and resources to handle any disaster. Whether it's a fire in a small restaurant to a pipe break in a fortune 500 sky-rise, SERVPRO is equipped to handle any commercial loss. Throughout the restoration process, there is daily communication with the business owner or decision maker to ensure complete transparency and customer satisfaction. 

SERVPRO takes the greatest care in making sure that your business can get back up and running in the shortest amount of time. No matter the size, no matter the damage; you can trust SERVPRO to handle your commercial loss and help make it, "Like it never even happened."  

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The Emergency Ready Profile

11/2/2018 (Permalink)

The Best Way to Reduce Business Interruption Following a Disaster is to Plan For it NOW.

As many as 50% of businesses may never recover following a disaster, according to the latest industry research. Of the businesses that survive, the overwhelming majority of them had a preparedness plan in place. Pre-planning can serve as an insurance policy aimed at peace of mind.

By developing a SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile for your business, you minimize business interruption by having an immediate plan of action. Knowing what to do and what to expect in advance is the key to timely mitigation and can help minimize how water and fire damage can affect your business.

Are You Ready?

Preparation is a key component for making it through any size disaster, whether it’s a small water leak, a large fire or an area flood. The best time for planning for such events is not when the event happens, but well before it happens. No one ever plans on a disaster, but you can plan for it. Now is the time to ask yourself, “Are you ready for whatever could happen?”

The SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile is a start up approach that provides the critical information needed to begin mitigation and recovery services. It is designed to serve as a quick reference of important building and contact information. By working with SERVPRO’s Emergency READY Profile, your business will receive the benefit of over 40 years of experience in reducing the impact of any natural or man-made disaster. SERVPRO is a leader in water and fire damage response and can help you quickly get your property back in working order.

The SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile Advantage

A no cost assessment of your facility. – This means there is no need to allocate funds, giving you a great value at no cost.

A concise Profile Document that contains only the critical information needed in the event of an emergency. – It will only take a little time to complete and will not take you away from current projects. But it will save a lot of time if ever needed.

A guide to help you get back into your building following a disaster. – This can help minimize the amount of time your business is inactive by having an immediate plan of action.

Establishes your local SERVPRO Franchise Professional as your disaster mitigation and restoration provider. – You have a provider that is recognized as an industry leader and close by.

Identification of the line of command for authorizing work to begin. – This saves time so we can begin the work of mitigating the damage which can save you time and money.

Provides facility details such as shut-off valve locations, priority areas and priority contact information. – Having a quick reference of what to do, how to do it and who to call provides solutions in advance of an emergency so that during the emergency you are “Ready for whatever happens.” 

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What SERVPRO Professionals Can Do For You

10/31/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO may have begun as a cleaning company, but we have since evolved into so much more. Since 1967, SERVPRO Franchise Professionals have been helping homes and businesses recover from fire and water damage across the United States. Today, SERVPRO covers a number of services including:

- Fire, Smoke and Soot Cleanup and Restoration

-Water Removal and Dehumidification

-Crime Scene, Biohazard and Vandalism Cleanup 

-Mold Mitigation and Remediation 

-Contents Claim Inventory Service 

-Air Duct and HVAC Cleaning 

-Carpet and Hard Floor Cleaning and Care 

-Stain Removal, Stain Resistance Applications 

-Odor Identification and Deodorization 

-Upholstery and Drapes: Wet or Dry Cleaning Methods 

When you need the job done right and done fast, call your local SERVPRO Franchise Professionals. We are committed to providing fire and water cleanup and restoration services to reduce business interruptions and recovery costs. 

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FASTER TO ANY DISASTER

10/30/2018 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO FASTER TO ANY DISASTER SERVPRO's 1-4-8 Service Response Guideline.

Fire and water damages are never scheduled. Will you be prepared? Whether it's a burst pipe in an apartment complex or an electrical fire in an office building; SERVPRO is always ready. There's no such thing as a small emergency when it threatens the welfare of the tenants and the revenue of the property owner. 

SERVPRO Franchise Professionals can manage the damage. With more than  1500 franchises in 48 states and over 40 years of business in the cleanup and restoration industry you can rest easy knowing help is on the way. SERVPRO Professionals always keep thorough and detailed communication throughout the restoration process to help keep you informed and in control. SERVPRO's  reputation has been built through experience and training in mitigation damages ranging from single family homes to skyscrapers, and even the Pentagon! 

Because emergency situations are never scheduled, SERVPRO implicates the 1-4-8 method of Service Response Guidelines to ensure efficient and timely services. The 1-4-8 Service Response Guideline method means that:

1- Within one hour from notice of loss, a SERVPRO Franchise Professional will contact you to arrange for service. 

4- Within 4 hours of loss notification, a SERVPRO Franchise Professional will be on-site to start mitigation services (if necessary). 

8- Within eight business hours of on-site arrival, a verbal briefing of the scope will be communicated to the appropriate person. 

This response method helps to ensure that SERVPRO Professionals may help to avoid revenue loss for property owners and minimize inconvenience to tenants. Timely restoration services along with SERVPRO's Professional equipment and industry-approved techniques can help you resume normal business functions and may save you time and money. Available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, SERVPRO Professionals will work hard to restore your property and your peace of mind. 

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No Matter the Size, We're ALWAYS Ready

10/24/2018 (Permalink)

Whether the damage is big or small, residential or commercial, SERVPRO is ALWAYS there to help! Many individuals associate SERVPRO as their friendly restoration professionals readily available in their time of need for a home disaster. BUT, did you know that SERVPRO has an entire Large Loss Division that specializes in commercial catastrophes? 

It's true! SERVPRO's Commercial Large Loss Division is comprised of the best restoration experts ready for any size disaster. Our professional technicians, state of the art restoration equipment and can do attitudes help define SERVPRO's Large Loss Division as one of the best of it's kind. Every Commercial Large Loss is handled by a commercial operations manager to ensure maximum efficiency and seamless communication to ensure nothing but the utmost customer satisfaction and transparency. 

Whether your loss is a small water pipe break in an apartment complex, a large fire in a 5 star hotel, or a sprinkler system malfunction in a sky scraper, SERVPRO is always ready to make it, "Like it never even happened." 

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Through the Fire and the Flames, We Carry On

10/19/2018 (Permalink)

As with any catastrophe, a quick response makes all the difference. The first 48 hours after experiencing a fire in your home or business are vital to distinguishing what can be restored versus what must be replaced. With over 40 years of experience, SERVPRO genuinely lives up to its title as the fire damage cleanup and restoration professionals. Undoubtedly, emotions can run wild for a home or business owner after a fire. Our SERVPRO professionals are highly trained to rapidly respond and restore hope and peace of mind once the smoke clears. Apart from fire, smoke and soot removal, SERVPRO professionals take the utmost care to attempt to restore contents and documents that have been damaged in a fire to preloss conditions whenever possible in order to salvage your belongings and memories. Before risking further damage by attempting to cleanup yourself, call SERVPRO the fire damage cleanup and restoration professionals to help make fire damage, "Like it never even happened." 

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Just Because I Cannot See It, Doesn't Mean I Can't Believe It!

9/21/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Just Because I Cannot See It, Doesn't Mean I Can't Believe It! Just because you cannot see it, doesn't mean it isn't dirty.

Just as carpets, windows, contents and walls accumulate dirt, dust and mildew; so do HVAC and duct systems. HVAC systems are often overlooked when a cleaning routine is implemented in both residential and commercial properties. Besides common dirt and dust, many other factors can exacerbate the sanitary conditions of duct work including: pet dander, cigarette or cigar smoke, water contamination or damage to the properties' HVAC systems, renovation and remodeling projects, and other harmful contaminants. If the registers that circulate air into a building appear dirty then chances are that the duct systems are just as bad if not worse! 

Dirty systems can worsen symptoms in individuals with chronic lung issues, health problems, asthma and allergies. The air quality inside of a home or place of work can have different effects on different individuals, especially the young and elderly. Similarly, the HVAC system that works as the lungs of your building; breathing in air and breathing it back out inside of a property cannot work as efficiently when neglected of the proper cleaning. Clean ducts are also more energy efficient without having to work as hard to cool and heat air filled with dust, mildew, and other contaminants. 

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Brace for Florence!

9/12/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Brace for Florence! Hurricane Florence expected to hit the Carolina's first.

As Hurricane Florence barrels toward the coast, some are wondering how their homes will hold up when the storm arrives.

Florence could hit the Carolinas harder than any hurricane since Hazel packed 130 mph winds in 1954. That Category 4 storm destroyed 15,000 buildings and killed 19 people in North Carolina. In the six decades since then, many thousands of people have moved to the coast.

So what do hurricane-force winds do to a home? The IBHS Research Center in Richburg, South Carolina, tests just that.

The center was built in 2010 and it aims to advance building science. It evaluates the strength of specific building material by testing in realistic situations.

One part of the building has 105 fans that can simulate up to a Category 3 hurricane.

One thing the center has already found is that closing your interior doors during a hurricane can lower your risk of losing your roof during a tropical system.

Is your property prepared for high winds? If severe weather is in the forecast, follow these simple steps from AccuWeather to minimize damage:

When the wind comes into a house it wants to push up and push out on the building; by closing your interior doors you limit the upward push to a small area minimizing your risk of losing your roof.

The facility can even accurately portray the size of raindrops; they've tested what wind-driven rain can do to a house, and through these experiments, they recommend that people have a sealed roof deck.

That means you can seal the seams of your roof to prevent water from getting into your house.

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SCHOOLS OUT FOR!...Mold Remediation?

9/10/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation SCHOOLS OUT FOR!...Mold Remediation? Upper Perkiomen High School closed due to mold and moisture issues.

RED HILL, PA — Just days into the 2018-19 school year, one local high school is experiencing a serious setback.

Upper Perkiomen High School will be shut down next week to due excessive moisture and mold, district officials announced over the weekend.

A Montgomery County high school will be shut down next week to due excessive moisture and mold, district officials announced.

 Mold was first noticed in the school over the summer. District officials said that extreme heat and humidity in recent days has drastically worsened the problem.

The district hopes that changes to the HVAC system will help remedy the issue. Superintendent Alexis McGloin addressed the issue in a statement Saturday:

"As you can imagine, making these changes to the HVAC system and conducting this level of cleaning is no small task, and therefore we have no choice but to close the building for the week of September 10-14. We want to ensure that this problem is addressed properly, and we are not looking to cut corners on this important issue, so a building closure is unavoidable."

Four makeup days have already been identified, and a fifth was already built into the calendar. They include Nov. 6 (Election Day), Nov. 19 and 20 (parent-teacher conference days which will be rescheduled), and January 21 (Martin Luther King, Jr. Day).

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Protecting Your Property This Hurricane Season!

9/4/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Protecting Your Property This Hurricane Season! Mitigation practices to consider in the event of severe storm and hurricane situations.

The 2017 Atlantic hurricane season showed the hospitality industry just how much damage these massive storms can create. The cost of damage caused by hurricanes and tropical storms has increased during the 10-year period between 2007 and 2017, according to Property Claim Services (PCS), a Verisk Analytics business. In that one decade, nearly 8 million claims related to hurricanes and tropical storms were filed, with the total estimated insured loss exceeding $100 billion. In 2017 alone, the damage costs related to hurricanes in the United States and its territories exceeded $60 billion, not including National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) policy claims.

As the National Weather Service (NWS) recognizes National Hurricane Preparedness Week from May 6-12, Nationwide released several tips for protecting properties before a hurricane or tropical storm hits. According to the National Hurricane Center, the hurricane season in the eastern North Pacific runs from May 15 through November 30. The Atlantic hurricane season runs from June 1 through November 30.

“The damage that these powerful storms produce is a reminder of how we all must do everything we can to protect what’s most important to us,” Ken Enscoe, senior claims director for Nationwide’s catastrophe operations, says. “It’s crucial for policyholders to know about their insurance coverage before a storm hits. Advance planning is key to reducing the risk and mitigating the loss hurricanes can create.”

The insurance company urged owners of all types of properties to review their insurance policies, prepare an emergency kit, trim shrubs and trees, and identify a safe place to take shelter when a storm hits. Policyholders can take the following steps in preparation for hurricane season or when a storm is approaching.

Examine the property. Before an event, examine the property to ensure there are no physical and/or liability hazards present.

Protect vulnerable areas. Protect the four critical areas where wind and water can enter: roof, windows, doors, and garage doors.

Protect valuables. Protect documents and other valuables in waterproof containers and/or back them up on a cloud-based system.

Review insurance policies. Read and understand the hotel’s insurance policy. Take inventory with photos or video, and note the approximate value of the items and the date of purchase.

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