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Commercial Fire Sprinkler Floods: 3 Ways to Protect Your Business

7/9/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Commercial Fire Sprinkler Floods: 3 Ways to Protect Your Business Flooding from a broken fire sprinkler system can be unexpected for you as a business owner

There are many different sources of flooding that can affect your Kentucky, commercial building. Some causes are common; however, even those that happen less often can be just as damaging. For example, you may not anticipate malfunctioning ceiling sprinklers to cause a flood but being prepared can help you protect your business in case the worst should happen. As you create a plan of action, there are a few strategies to consider that may reduce flood damage and allow your business to recover faster. 

1. Know Where the Water Shutoff Valve Is 

Trying to find your building’s water shutoff valve while the fire sprinklers are spraying water everywhere might prolong flooding and make matters worse. Locate your building’s main water valve ahead of time and map the fastest way to get to it. Give your managers a copy of the map so they can turn off the water if you are not there. The quicker you can cut off the water supply, the less serious the damage may be. 

2. Have a Flood Damage Service on Call 

Being able to call for help when your building suffers water damage can give you peace of mind, even during the worst of floods. Having a flood damage and restoration company on call that can perform mitigation services may reduce widespread problems that stem from a sprinkler malfunction. Experienced technicians can drain water from vulnerable areas and prevent water from spreading to adjacent rooms. 

3. Be Aware of Your Insurance Coverage

If you have business interruption insurance, take the time to fully understand what your policy covers so there are no unpleasant financial surprises after a fire sprinkler flood. Have your agent’s number posted in several different locations and call him or her right away after an incident so the claim can be filed as soon as possible. 

Flooding from a broken fire sprinkler system can be unexpected for you as a Kentucky, business owner. Being prepared for this or any type of water damage may help reduce the cost of mitigation and repair services, so you can recover quickly

Firework Safety

6/29/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Firework Safety SERVPRO® of Breckinridge, Grayson, Meade & Hancock Counties 270-580-2200

Did you know fireworks cause nearly 20,000 home fires every year? Don't let your relaxing holiday weekend turn into a statistic

  • Obey all local laws regarding the use of fireworks.
  • Know your fireworks; read the cautionary labels and performance descriptions before igniting.
  • A responsible adult SHOULD supervise all firework activities.  Never give fireworks to children.
  • Alcohol and fireworks do not mix.  Save your alcohol for after the show.
  • Wear safety glasses when shooting fireworks.
  • Light one firework at a time and then quickly move away.
  • Use fireworks OUTDOORS in a clear area; away from buildings and vehicles.
  • Never relight a “dud” firework.  Wait 20 minutes and then soak it in a bucket of water.
  • Always have a bucket of water and charged water hose nearby.
  • Never carry fireworks in your POCKET or shoot them into METAL or GLASS containers.
  • Do not experiment with homemade fireworks.
  • Dispose of spent fireworks by wetting them down and place in a metal trash can away from any building or combustible materials until the next day.
  • FAA regulations PROHIBIT the possession and transportation of fireworks in your checked baggage or carry-on luggage.
  • Report illegal explosives, like M-80s and quarter sticks, to the fire or police department.

What Happens to Your Office After Storm Damage?

6/21/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage What Happens to Your Office After Storm Damage? SERVPRO® of Breckinridge, Grayson, Meade & Hancock Counties 270-580-2200

Flooding is one of the most damaging environmental disasters that can occur in your office building. If you’re not properly prepared, you can face significant damage and financial consequences. It’s also important that you have the assistance of an expert to tear out affected areas and thoroughly clean up the water and other damage. The Professionals will follow effective steps to ensure you can get back to regular business soon.

Inspect the damage

The storm restoration team will begin its work by looking at the extent of the issues in your building. The team will assess how much water got into your facility and whether there was any black water involved. Once the restoration professionals see the effects of the water damage, they can formulate a plan of how they’ll get your building back to a state where you can resume operations. 

Get Rid of Water

The first cleanup effort will be removing water from the flood. The experts will use a proven process to do this.

• Use industrial strength water extractors.
• Dry the affected area once water is removed.
• Sanitize the area to discourage the growth of mold and other harmful materials and substances. 

Remove Flooring

Once the water is gone, the restoration team will remove any severely damaged carpet, flooring, or drywall. This tear out process can be extensive depending on how large the flood was and how long the water sat in the area. 

Restoration

In major flooding incidents, the team will perform restoration. This process can take several weeks and may involve rebuilding portions of your office space. Be prepared to make some adjustments to your operations because your facility, may not be in regular working order for a long period of time.

Water removal, drying, tear out and restoration are critical components of cleaning up after a flood. Make sure you call a reliable company to handle this effort.

Showers VS. Baths

6/19/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Showers VS. Baths SERVPRO® of Breckinridge, Grayson, Meade & Hancock Counties 270-580-2200

SERVPRO® of Breckinridge, Grayson, Meade & Hancock Counties is committed to doing our part to battle climate change and save our precious natural resources. Throughout the month we will be providing green tips and information to help you know how Recycle, Reduce and Reuse. A full bathtub requires about 70 gallons of water, while taking a 5-minute shower uses only 10-25 gallons. We are committed to making our community both here locally and globally better and stronger for this generation and ones to come. We are ready 24/7, 365 to help you, call us at 270-580-2000 so we can help make it “Like it never even happened.” when disaster from an upstairs neighbor’s bathtub overflows and you have water coming through your ceiling and making a mess in your condo or apartment. We are here to walk through the process with you from start to finish, helping to answer questions and guide you through the distressing situation

Safety in a Storm

6/19/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Safety in a Storm SERVPRO® of Breckinridge, Grayson, Meade & Hancock Counties. 270-580-2200

We are right in the middle of the storm season here in Kentucky.  When storms are present in the local area, make sure to tune in to your local TV station or local radio.  Alerts will be announced on both.  If there is a warning in your area, you should go to the lowest level of your structure and get in a central location on that level.  Storms can move very fast and cause tremendous damage to structures. 

If you have damage from the storm... call SERVPRO of Breckinridge, Grayson, Meade & Hancock Counties.  We can help with drying any wet material that you might have.  We can also help with rebuilding or repairing the damage that has occurred at your home or commercial building.

When It Floods: What To Do and What To Avoid

6/19/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage When It Floods: What To Do and What To Avoid SERVPRO® of Breckinridge, Grayson, Meade & Hancock Counties. 270-580-2200

When your home floods, whether from a storm or a broken pipe, your first instinct is probably to start getting rid of water and cleaning up. To makes sure the repair process goes smoothly, however, there are a few steps you should follow. The first priorities are safety and documentation, and then you can call flood restoration specialists to lead in the cleanup efforts.

Safety First

Water in the home can render it temporarily uninhabitable, so there are a few things to look for when you return:

• Damage to water, sewer or power lines
• Warped surfaces, such as floors or walls
• Damaged foundation
• Visible cracks or holes in any part of your home’s structure

Try to avoid wading in standing water, as it could be electrically charged. Just in case, it is a good idea to wear knee-high rubber boots to absorb possible shocks. Even if the water looks clean, avoid contact with your skin, as it could be contaminated, especially if you suspect it might have come from a broken pipe or sewer line.

Document Damage

Your insurance adjuster is going to need to know the extent of the damage. Be vigilant about keeping your cell phone charged so you can take pictures for the report. Avoid cleaning before you document the damage, or your settlement could be smaller because the problem will seem smaller than it is. Once you have adequate documentation, call your insurer. The earlier you file a claim, the sooner you can get the money for repairs or reimbursement.

Cleanup

Rather than attempt to clean up the water yourself, it is a good idea to hire a professional. Experienced restoration specialists can help locate the cause of the problem, whether the flooding came from groundwater or a broken pipe. They also know how to overcome water damage so that you do not experience mold or mildew problems later

Summer is here! Time to go for a dip in the pool to cool off for a bit!

6/18/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Summer is here! Time to go for a dip in the pool to cool off for a bit! SERVPRO® of Breckinridge, Grayson, Meade & Hancock Counties 270-580-2200

Now that swim season is in full swing it’s time to take a closer look at those spots around you pool. If a pool is left untreated or without some sort of chlorine product algae and or mold can start to set in quick.

While algae is not hard to get rid of and is relatively harmless, mold can be a huge pain and massive ordeal if not taken care of quickly and efficiently! Not to mention mold could become hazardous to your health.

If you happen upon a spot that might be algae or mold when cleaning your pool give it a few sprays with a water/bleach mixture and attack it with a scrub brush. If the stains do not go away it is probably mold and you should call SERVPRO® of Breckinridge, Grayson, Meade & Hancock Counties 270-580-2200 to come look into a proper mold remediation service before you fill that pool back up.

Claims for Commercial Fire Losses

6/15/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Claims for Commercial Fire Losses SERVPRO® of Breckinridge, Grayson, Meade & Hancock Counties 270-580-2200

The process of putting out a fire can cause as much or more damage to property as the fire itself. While you want to resume normal operations as quickly as possible, it’s important to assess all aspects of fire damage and thoroughly understand how the provisions of your insurance policy can help you recover. Take these steps to begin the recovery process.

Mitigate Damage

Preventing as much damage as possible after the fire can reduce the amount of your claim. Consider implementing these fire mitigation measures:

• Limit access to the property to minimize the risk of injury or further damage
• If utility services have not already been cut off, switch off electricity, gas and water
• Resist the urge to begin clean-up efforts until fire damage professionals determine how to proceed

Document the Physical Damage

Your insurance provider will need to know the extent of your physical losses. These can be documented using 

 photographs that exist in off-site storage or on a website, and through business records maintained by outside accountants or vendors. Your bank may be able to provide blueprints that can assist in determining any level of damage to the structure that will require repair. Your insurance adjuster can help you through this process.

Determine the Extent of Records Loss

If vital financial records were damaged or destroyed in the fire and its aftermath, you may consider calling in a forensic accountant. Such experts can help you recreate financial records, substantiate your losses properly and ensure that you receive full value for the insurance coverage you’ve purchased.

Estimate the Cost of Business Interruption

You may need or want to continue operations at another location while restoration is in progress. In that case, you’ll incur these expenses, at minimum:

• Property rental
• Equipment and furnishings leasing
• Utility service fees

What To Salvage and What To Throw Away

6/15/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage What To Salvage and What To Throw Away SERVPRO® of Breckinridge, Grayson, Meade & Hancock Counties. 270-580-2200

Caring for your home under normal circumstances can be stressful. When you bring flooding into the picture, it can become a downright disaster. Once your family is safe and you’ve checked with your insurance, it’s time to begin content cleaning. This is the first step to returning your home to its previous condition.

Is It Safe to Keep?

Your instinct might be to try to throw away everything that has been submerged in flood waters. This isn’t necessary, however; there are many items you may be able to safely save, clean and restore. Depending on what type of water they were exposed to, items such as drapes, clothing and other material goods might be able to be saved by washing them. This could be in your washing machine or dry cleaning, depending on the type of material. Other items that could be saved and restored include these:

• Rugs
• Furniture
• Toys
• Collectibles

Don’t Risk It; Throw It Away

Certain items should always be thrown away once exposed to flooding. Content cleaning cannot save these, especially if they were exposed to black water. Flood waters will make these unsafe for use or consumption:

• Food or beverages
• Medical supplies
• Clothing or canvas items
• Building supplies such as carpets, pads, drywall, and wood floors

Getting Help Cleaning Up

It’s best to start cleanup as soon as it’s safe for you to enter the flooded area. You want to protect yourself with gloves, masks, long pants and sleeves and rubber-soled shoes. The less exposure to contaminated water and items, the better.

One thing is for certain, when doing content cleaning after water backup or residential flooding, don’t go at it alone. Get help from friends, family, or professionals. They’ll be able to help you sort out which items are salvageable, and which are better off sent to the dumpster and replaced with new ones. 

Fire Safety

6/7/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire Safety SERVPRO® of Breckinridge, Grayson, Meade & Hancock Counties 270-580-2200

According to the National Fire Protection Association, firefighters respond to a home fire every 79 seconds. Simple steps can be taken throughout the home to reduce the risk of fire and injury/loss of life:

  • Working smoke alarms should be found in each bedroom, outside each sleeping area, and on every level of the home. Smoke alarms should be tested monthly to ensure they are working properly and the batteries are good
  •  Be sure fire extinguishers are available on every level of the home and that each household member knows how to use them
  • Reduce the risk of fire outside of the home by removing dying or dead trees and shrubs and by keeping dry brush and debris at least 30 feet away from the home. Keep gutters, roof, and eaves clear of debris
  • Be sure any candles in the home are placed away from curtains and other furniture, as well as out of reach of children and pets. Consider using safer alternatives such as flame less candles.