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Prep Your Building For Winter Weather

12/2/2021 (Permalink)

Cold weather can be a stressful time for many property management companies. It’s hard to predict how the ice and snow will affect your properties and if not kept up with can cause a lot of damage to them.

In the unfortunate event that something does happen to one of your properties it’s important to be able to respond and have the problem addressed as quickly as possible. Your clients or tenants will expect you to have a response plan in action as soon as you are notified of the problems.

SERVPRO of Chesapeake South is ready for any challenge you can throw our way. We respond faster to every disaster. Our highly trained team of technicians can handle jobs of any size, whether it’s a residential rental or a large office building they are ready to do their best to help ensure that your clients are satisfied with how you handled the problem

Business Preparation and Recovery for Storms

11/23/2021 (Permalink)

The Insurance Information Institute reports, “No business is totally immune from disaster. Every year, businesses temporarily shut down—or close forever—because of a disaster such as a flood, fire, or hurricane. Forty percent of businesses do not reopen after a disaster and another 25 percent fail within one year, according to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).”

Is your business prepared for storm damage, so you don’t become part of these frightening statistics?

First you need to understand the different ways that a storm can affect your business.

  • Building damage, property damage and inventory damage
  • Prevents customers from getting what they need which can cause a loss of business
  • Gives competitors a chance to gain parts of your market share if they are able to recover faster
  • Hurts your employees’ abilities to earn a living
  • And many others

So how can you prepare for something you’ll never expect to happen?

Make a disaster recovery plan!

Outline how each area of your business and its employees should respond in a disaster. This can include how to handle your inventory so it isn’t damaged, sensitive information handling should your facility need evacuated, protection of valuable equipment, or even how to set up quickly in a new facility while the original is being fixed.

Train your employees with your disaster plan and drill it, so that everyone feels confident in their abilities to enact their part of the plan.

Keep emergency supplies on hand. Batteries, flashlights, first aid kits, and even things like walkie talkies for coordinating emergency scenarios.

Important data should be backed up if possible OFF PREMISIES. This redundancy ensures that even if your original infrastructure is damaged, you’ll be able to resume operations with minimal time lost.

SERVPRO Handles Your Affected Belongings

11/18/2021 (Permalink)

When a disaster affects your home SERVPRO of Chesapeake South is ready to take on any and all of the challenges that home with your home’s restoration. This INCLUDES your belongings as well! We understand that replacing damaged items in your home is sometimes difficult or even impossible depending on what it is, which is why we do our best to restore and repair your original belongings. During our initial assessment of your home, we will figure out which items can be saved and restored including furniture, photos, electronics and more. Then we can do a pack out of those belongings and bring them back to our facility where each item is inventoried, and then very carefully cleaned and sanitized. Our team is trained in using state-of-the-art technology for this cleaning with tools such as the Esporta Wash System. Your personal items are then packed into boxes and securely stored until your home’s remediation is complete. We then can bring all of your items safe and sound, and clean, back to your home where they belong.

When your home and belongings are damaged in a disaster, you can count on SERVPRO of Chesapeake South to handle everything from top to bottom, we are your one stop shop to making that disaster “Like it never even happened.”

Heating Safety in Your Home

11/11/2021 (Permalink)

According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), the leading cause of home fire deaths is from equipment used to heat your home during the cold winter months. Continue reading to make sure that you’re taking the proper safety steps to make sure that you’re using heating equipment in a responsible way.

Portable Heaters – You should never leave any sort of space heaters, electric blankets, or any other portable heaters unattended. It’s possible for these items to short out and start fires.

Chimney Inspection – It’s very important to have your chimney inspected and cleaned annually. This makes sure that they are structurally sound, as well as getting rid of any blockages that may prevent the chimney from properly venting smoke from your home.

Three Foot Rule – For anything in your home that is used to generate heat (fireplace, woods stove, furnace, space heater) you should ensure that there is at least three feet of space between that and any flammable items in your household.

Smoke Alarms – Check your smoke alarms regularly. Smoke alarms should be checked every month to ensure proper function as well as making sure that the batteries do not need to be changed.

When it’s cold outside there’s nothing like curing up in a nice warm house and keeping cozy, just be sure to enjoy the warmth following the proper safety rules to make sure your winter plans go off without a hitch.

SERVPRO Commercial Cleaning Services

11/8/2021 (Permalink)

With businesses being fully open again with foot traffic increasing, and now that flu season is upon us. Keeping your commercial building clean is more important than ever for not just your customers but your staff too!  Fear not, for our local SERVPRO of Chesapeake South is here to help with any of your commercial cleaning needs.

Cleaning Services that we offer our local businesses:

  • Biohazard and Sewage
  • Carpet and Upholstery
  • Odor Removal
  • Walls, Floors, and Ceilings
  • Air Ducts and HVAC
  • And more!

Anything that your regular cleaning staff doesn’t handle, we do!

We train our employees constantly to help ensure your commercial building is getting the best techniques and expertise that you deserve to keep your business in tiptop shape.

No matter the size of your building or business, high-rise apartments, industrial warehouse, or boutique restaurant, SERVPRO of Chesapeake South will take on any job, there are none too large! Give us a call at (757)-523-9700 and let us know how we can help!

SERVPRO's Mold Specialists

11/4/2021 (Permalink)

When you smell that musty smell of mold in your home it can be potentially panicking, not knowing where the damage is or what caused the mold growth. Your local SERVPRO of Chesapeake South has a team of mold mitigation professionals that are certified in tackling any mitigation issues you may have. As one of the leaders in the restoration industry you can trust that our SERVPRO team will use the state-of-the-art technology and techniques to address the issues.

First you must identify the source, likely there is water damage somewhere in your home, or hidden moisture. Our professionals can use moisture mapping to find the affected areas in order to narrow down the source of the problem.

Next the area must be cleaned. Killing the mold is not enough, it should be removed completely by cleaning or depending on the scenario removal of the affected items and replacement. SERVPRO’s skilled technicians are constantly training to help ensure they are using the most up to date procedures on mold removal.

Mold in your home is something that should really be taken very seriously and should be addressed quickly as the problem can increase in severity rapidly. You should really not attempt to address mold concerns in your home on your own as it can be hard without training and safety procedures to be sure that you’ve taken care of the problem. We’re here to help 24/7, 365 days a year with any of your restoration needs and to help you make it “Like it never even happened.”

Bon Fire Safety

11/3/2021 (Permalink)

With autumn in full force and winter just around the corner many of us have taken to the outside to enjoy the cool weather sitting around a bonfire. Bonfires can be a great activity for the whole family but it’s important to keep in mind the dangers of open flames and how to have a bonfire responsibly!

  • You should always either use a fire pit purchased from the store or dig your own – Fire pits are a crucial part of keeping a bonfire contained where you want it to be and not have it spread, be sure to also clear away brush from around the fire pit as well
  • Make sure your fire is a safe distance from houses, trees, powerlines, or anything that can be affected by the heat
  • Keep a bucket of water or a garden hose close by – Accidents happen and being able to address them immediately is how to prevent things from getting worse
  • Use newspaper and small kindling to get the fire started, NOT gasoline or other accelerants
  • Never spray aerosols or toss canisters into the fire – The heat can make these containers explode and throw burning embers everywhere
  • Limit your fire size – It’s tempting to make a big fire, but you should make sure to keep your fire to a manageable size, no bigger than a few feet around
  • When you’re done be sure that the fire is completely extinguished – Stir the ashes around and use more water than you think you need to ensure there is nothing still smoldering, embers can stay smoldering, hidden under a bed of ashes for hours and can be relit by the wind unexpectedly

Bonfires are a lot of fun and a great way to spend time outside, just be sure that you are taking the proper precautions to do so safely.

Be Prepared When SERVPRO Comes to Help With Water Damage

11/2/2021 (Permalink)

We know that finding out that your home has suffered from water damage is a very stressful time. No water damage is the same and you will be asked a series of questions to help us better understand how it is that we can best help you and your home. To help make things slightly less stressful for you we’d like to share a list of questions you will likely be asked when you speak with one of our representatives:

  • Your personal information including the address of the home or business that has been affected
  • When the water damage first occurred and when it was first noticed. (How long ago the damage initially happened, so that we have a better idea of the damage that was caused.)
  • What the initial cause of the damage is
  • Has the initial source of water been stopped or repaired
  • The number of rooms and type of flooring that’s involved
  • Is there electricity available
  • Any insurance information if applicable

It can be a chaotic time dealing with water damage to your home or business but having the answers to these questions ready for us when you call makes it that much faster for us to begin helping you with your issues. So give us a call and remember time is of the essence, so don’t delay!

Dangers of Flood Waters

11/1/2021 (Permalink)

Floods and flash floods are very scary to experience just witnessing the power that water has, but unfortunately that’s not the only danger that flood waters pose. Besides being swept away by rushing water, here are some reasons why you should do your best to avoid flood waters.

Flash floods can happen when storm and sewer drains can’t handle the volume of water coming through them and get backed up. This means that the water you see on the streets isn’t just rainwater but is actually also wastewater from the sewer backups and can contain a whole mess of bacteria and other contaminants.

Additionally, water coming from waterways that have overflowed and spilled into the streets and sidewalks is untreated and can contain dead animals and animal waste, dirt, trash, and anything else left on the ground to be washed away in the water.

SERVPRO of Chesapeake South's team of professionals is specially trained in handling these biohazards, which is why you should give us a call as soon as you notice any flood damage to your home. We’ll do our best to help make it “Like it never even happened.”

Fire Safety Tips For Your Chesapeake Business

10/28/2021 (Permalink)

Whether you’re a business owner, facility manager or employee, it’s very important to sake fire safety seriously in the workplace. Here are some good fire safety practices for your business:

  • Evacuation Plan – Develop a plan on the best ways to evacuate the building in an emergency. There should be multiple clear exit paths out of the building. It’s not enough to just design these evacuation plans, you have to make sure that your employees also know the proper ways to exit the building should something occur. Place the plan around the building in highly visible locations and have fire drills with your staff to ensure everyone knows the proper safety procedures
  • Fire Protection – Based on the kind of business that is operated you make need different fire protection systems. Sprinklers or a Suppression System should be installed depending on the type of work that is being done and the type of fires that could potentially happen. Make sure to set up regular inspections so that everything is functioning properly should they ever need to be used.
  • Fire Extinguishers – Fire extinguishers should be strategically placed around your building and clearly labeled so they are easy to find. Make sure your employees are trained on the proper use of fire extinguishers and where the location of each one is. You should have them inspected regularly in accordance with fire code.
  • Teach! – Fire safety should be a part of your company policies. Educate your staff on proper equipment use and other fire hazards and have proper responses to emergencies clearly stated.

Sometimes accidents happen that are out of our control, but if you make sure that your business follows proper fire safety procedures, you’ll be able to reduce the danger to your staff and potentially turn a catastrophe into a minor problem.