Prevent Flood Damage With Advance Preparations
Use proper materials to prevent flood damage
Flooding is one of the most common types of damage after a natural disaster. It can happen anywhere, during any time of the year, and as the result of many causes.
Prevent Flood Damage
One of the best ways to prevent flood damage is to prepare before any signs of trouble:
- Consistently inspect and repair check valves and vulnerable spots where sewer and utility lines enter your facility.
- Protect vulnerable equipment, such as appliances, computers, and heaters, by moving them above the water level.
- Reach out to Surry, VA, water damage cleanup and prevention crews for tips on improving the watertight qualities of your building.
- Contact your insurance provider to be sure your policy includes water damage and for specific damage prevention advice.
Once you've done what you can to minimize any damage if water does get into your building, the next step is to keep as much flood water out when storm damage is imminent.
Water Control Supplies
There are several items you can purchase and keep on hand that are helpful when flooding occurs:
- Keep sandbags on hand to place around doors and windows.
- Store flood boards for your doors, so water doesn't get in when doors are opened.
- Keep a pump on hand to remove floodwater.
- Plastic sheeting, plywood, nails, and hammers are necessary for protecting vulnerable areas of the facility.
- Include a few shovels in your storage.
- Make sure you have first aid emergency kits installed around your facility, so they are easy to access.
With the right supplies on hand, you and your employees may feel more confident when rain or rising rivers threaten your business.
Routine Training and Education
Finally, you and everyone in your building should know how to behave when your facility is threatened. Create a flood plan that includes contact information for emergency response teams, anyone involved in caring for the building, and other critical team members. This plan should also include posted maps that show evacuation routes, shut-off points, and first aid kits.
When flooding does happen, you don't have much time to respond. When you've prepared, however, your employees know how to respond quickly for safety and damage control.
When water takes over your life, we are here to take it back!
With the power of 272 dehumidifiers, drying time is greatly reduced saving loss of use cost, RESTORE vs. REPLACE.
The comfort of knowing that no matter how much water has entered a structure or the damage that has been done, that your local restoration experts at SERVPRO of Emporia/South Boston have your back! Our trailer mount desiccant is heavily equip with a 130 Kilowatt Generator and a 5,000 CFM Desiccant. This machine has the power of 272 dehumidifiers which speeds up the drying time significantly. This will help minimize down time and loss of revenue cost.
- Water Damage and Remediation
- Document Drying
- Mold and Fungus Prevention
- Industrial Surface Preparation
Our goal is to provide our local community partners with the best outcome when the unexpected happens to us.
Examples for areas of use:
- Shopping Malls
- Office Buildings
- Manufacturing Facilities
Strategic Placement of Air Movers Help Alleviate Water Damage
Let SERVPRO help limit your home’s losses after a storm or flood.
Homes can suffer large amounts of damage from storm and flooding situations. As weather alerts reach their peak during the spring and summer months, the threat of flash flooding from storms increases. Flash floods can move up to nine feet per second, picking up rocks, sand, and mud along the way. The pure force of rushing water can break through door and windows, quickly bringing flood waters into the lower levels of homes which leaves homeowners powerless. You may not be able to stop floodwaters, but you can definitely limit your losses caused by storm water by bringing in the professional at SERVPRO Emporia/South Boston.
Emergency services for storm damage are available in Emporia, South Boston and the surrounding areas year-round. The emergency aspect of water mitigation and restoration depends on the removal of water quickly so as to diminish losses. The role of a restoration company does not stop with the removal of standing water. Wet furniture, rugs and clothing are just as likely to suffer damage as flooded property themselves. SERVPRO’s trained technicians ensure the drying procedure is as effective as diminishing losses, as the removal procedure is to stopping the most immediate concerns.
Wet floors raise the humidity levels as the moisture evaporates in your home. As water evaporates, it can create a layer of air that restrains further evaporation. To fight this, our technicians use air movers to keep air circulating and replace humid boundary layers with dryer sheets. This plays a major role in the amount of time it takes to restore property to their preloss condition.
The technicians at SERVPRO of Emporia/South Boston could use as many as twenty air-movers to promote constant airflow. Air movers use centrifugal motion to move large amounts of air and they also use a daisy chain fitting to ensure multiple units can be set up in a room with just one power supply. This type of placement ensures that it’ is possible to move air from one or two open points of outdoor air. And, if security is a concern, we can position air movers in a closed-circuit system which uses dehumidifiers to provide dry air.
Quick drying of flooded property can reduce claims and any secondary losses. Contact SERVPRO of Emporia/South Boston today if you have suffered storm or flood damage. We are available to help 24/7, give us a call at 434-262-6792.
How to Protect Your Home or Business from Breached Pipes
SERVPRO of Emporia/South Boston would like to offer homeowners some helpful household tips.
Did you know, that per the Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety (IBHS), the average cost associated with a breach in your pipes could be up $5,000 – or more if there are water damage expenses associated with the breach? Did you also know that pipe insulation, which is something a homeowner can easily install around exposed piping, costs as little as fifty cents per linear foot?
Take a look at the following places in your home for possible standing or leaking water:
- The pipes along your home’s exterior walls,
- Under your kitchen and bathroom and bathroom sinks,
- In your attic and in the crawl spaces under your home
Some simple signs to help you spot a breached pipe you are the following:
- Wet spots under your sinks, cabinets and counters,
- Clogs throughout your home.
- Slow moving drains,
- Wet spots or puddles and/or sewer odors within your yard.
Every homeowner should know where the main water stuff off is for their home in case of an emergency. This shut off is normally located just outside the house. If you cannot locate your shut off, you need to ask someone such as a plumber or the builder so they can show you where it is located.
If you should happen to experience water damage due to a burst pipe in your home or business, call SERVPRO of Emporia/South Boston. We are available 24/7 at 434-262-6792 – the safest way for you to prevent damage is let the professional handle the clean-up!
Top Reasons To Call an IICRC Company in Emporia/South Boston
The main reason someone should call an IICRC (Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification) company when dealing with mitigation and restoration is because the unknown and unseen, such as water, mold, smoke and soot, can cause damage to your property. Even the littlest bit of hidden water or smoke and soot residue from a fire has the ability to cause indoor air quality issues and structural damage to your home or business over time.
The solution to preventing costly expenses later is to reach out to a team of professionals immediately. An IICRC company is trained to use the right equipment and technologies from the beginning, which can make a significant difference in reducing your damage and the costs associated with fire and water damage loss.
SERVPRO of South Boston/Emporia is an IICRC company. Our team of technicians is trained using the latest technology and equipment needed to help diminish your losses from a fire or water or storm damage.
SERVPRO will use moisture sensors to detect water in your carpets, walls, and baseboards. Moisture meters are used to help determine the amount of moisture in your property and to accurately monitor the removal and drying process. Our thermo hygrometers will measure the temperature and relative humidity which helps calculate and create an environment that will aid the drying process.
After the moisture is removed, an ultra-low-volume (ULV) foggers can be used to dispense liquid deodorizing agents which produces a fine mist which can easily penetrate where odor-causing residues have accumulated. These can also be used to inject disinfectants and fungicides into drywall and other areas which are hard to reach. Thermal foggers, which dispense solvent-based products, can also be used to create a dense fog of particles that can attach to property and neutralize any odor causing particles.
When handling a contaminated loss, remember that drying and deodorizing and disinfecting a structure are all equally important in the restoration and mitigation process - something an IICRC Company is trained to so. If you have damage, don’t be afraid to call SERVPRO of Emporia/South Boston, we will help restore your property quickly and professionally so you can move past the damages and on with your life.
Water Damage in Your Home – Types and Categories
At SERVPRO Emporia/South Boston we know that water damage is the leading cause to require water restoration needs. Here we will explain a few basic types of water damage and how they can affect your property and your health.
Many times, when people hear “water damage”, they imagine it to be caused by flooding of a nearby river, storm surge from the ocean or another natural disaster. But, while these events can cause water damage, often times water damage in homes is more commonly caused by:
- Overflowing toilets
- Leaking appliances, including the refrigerator, washing machine, ice machine, etc.
- Overflowing showers, bathtubs or sinks left running without attendance
- Leaking or broken pipes behind the walls and ceilings
- Property draining issues
- Leaking roof or compromised exterior
- Damage from rain, wind and/or storms
Now that you know the ways water can enter your home, from both internal and external origins, it is important to now know what kind of water you are dealing with. At SERVPRO, we recognize water in three different categories.
- Category 1 – We refer to this type of water as “Clean Water”, because it has originated from a sanitary source. Generally, this type of water will not pose a health risk to you or your family.
- Category 2 – This category is also referred to as “Grey Water”, meaning that the water may contain some contamination. It is not safe enough for human consumption and can pose a health risk if ingested.
- Category 3 – The final category, as called “Black Water”, is a type of water that is entirely contaminated and may contain harmful materials and other disease-causing organisms.
Each of these categories of water comes with its own guidelines of do’s and don’ts on how to handle them to ensure minimal property damage and risk to you and your family’s health. Water damage restoration professionals at SERVPRO Emporia/South Boston have advanced training, knowledge, and hands-on experience to handle these types of emergencies.
If you are in need of water damage restoration, call us today at 434-262-6792.
How to Clean and Restore Fire Damaged Fabrics?
Fire Damage Restoration in Emporia/South Boston Often Requires Restorers to Clean Fabrics
When a fire burns a home, business or any other type of property, the smoke produced can spread throughout the entire space. Due to the fact that smoke rises with heat and attaches to cooler surfaces, extensive damage can be caused to your property. Soot and soil residue are left behind by the gases from the burn onto every surface they touch within your home.
Remember, smoke can travel through every room, not just the room where the fire initially starts. This means that you can have fire damages throughout the entire space. Many fire damage projects in and around the Emporia/South Boston area require extensive cleaning and soot removal during the restoration process.
SERVPRO technicians use a variety of different techniques to clean the different rooms and surfaces in fire damaged properties. This is important because different blazes emit different types of smoke based on what burns.
When SERVPRO first arrives to the property, our first step is to test clean the materials and contents that were affected by the fire. By doing this before beginning the restoration process, the Emporia/South Boston team will be able to determine what can be salvaged with cleaning and what soot removal methods will work best for each item.
For example, because heat rises, carpets can often times be restored through the cleaning process. But, in some cases, carpets can collect the fallout of burnt smoke particles. When cleaning carpets, our technicians start by vacuuming the entire affected area. SERVPRO vacuums are high-efficiency filters that are designed to remove even light soot residue from fabrics.
If soot residues are soaked deeper into the carpet, detergents and deodorizers are often used to complete the cleaning process.
On upholstered items, like furniture and curtains, fire damage residue is often removed using dry cleaning methods. Vacuuming and dry sponges are able to remove soils and soot on the surface of upholstered furniture. However, if the soot has caused a stain, SERVPRO technicians will clean them with a one percent chlorine bleach solution to remove any stains.
Have you noticed soot or soil residue after a fire? Call SERVPRO Emporia/South Boston today at 434-262-6792.
Storm Damage vs. Flood Damage – How to Know the Difference
For some, it may be hard to differentiate between storm damage and flood damage. The most general distinction between the two is that storm waters come from above, while flood waters typical spill over from a natural body of water and covers at least two acres of land that would typically be dry land.
Storm damage typically originates from things such as:
- Heavy rain
- High winds
- Blizzards and/or heavy snow fall
Storm damage is covered by most insurance policies. However, home and property owners will need additional and/or different insurance coverage to have protection and cover expenses caused by flood damage. This is why it is important to know the difference between the storm damage and water damage. Damage to property will be considered flood damage if it covers two acres and affects at least two properties.
If your property is located in a flood plain, you should make sure you carry the necessary insurance policies to ensure that your property/investment is well protected.
Flooding occurs when a body of water overflows, like:
- Creeks and/or rivers
- Storm-water channels
No matter if the damage is caused by a storm or a flood, severe problems can arise for property and homeowners. These damages should be planned for, prevented as much as possible, and handled as soon as they occur.
Regardless of the source of the water, moisture in your property increases the risk of mold and secondary damage, especially if action is not taken quickly.
SERVPRO of Emporia/South Boston is here to help you! Give us a call anytime at 434-262-6792.
Sprinkler Flood in Office? Here’s What You Should Do.
Many commercial business owners probably don’t think about the flooding effects of their fire sprinklers being activated. However, if this does occur, it is an issue that should be dealt with immediately, before it gets out of control and costs hundreds of thousands of dollars.
Of course, the obvious solution is preventing your businesses fire sprinklers from going off accidently. Here are a few things you need to know about accidental fire sprinkler activation.
Preventing Accidental Activation
Did you know that the modern fire sprinkler system is NOT activated by fire alarms or even smoke caused by burnt food in the employee breakroom? They actually have to be subjected to extreme heat that melts the metal sensors or bursts the red liquid bulb on the device. Here are a few common reasons that can cause this to happen and sprinklers to accidently activate:
- Improper fire sprinkler system installation
- Vandalization of the system
- A factory accident
- Inappropriate use of the sprinkler heads
Preventing Loss by Taking Immediate Action
If the fire sprinklers do activate in your business, your first step should be to turn off the water. This is the first and most important step in any emergency flooding situation. Make sure that you have multiple people in your organization that know how to perform this task. Once the water is turned off, the next step is to begin the clean up process. With fire sprinklers, it is possible that hundreds of gallons of water have been released in a short period of time. Therefore, water damage to machinery, equipment, electronics, walls and floors can happen very quickly. You should call a reputable and experienced water restoration company right away! The professionals at SERVPRO will be able to quickly and properly dry every surface and reduce the risk of mold.
Preventing It from Happening Again
Once you have your initial cleanup underway, you should contact your insurance provider and work on preventing this from happening again. Your employees should be trained to never hang anything from the sprinkler head, or even touch it! You should also consider the placement of sprinkler heads. They should be in a location in which it is difficult for person, or even a machine, to accidently come in contact with it.
While a flood in your business may seem inconceivable, you should take these steps to minimize damage in the event this does happen. If you do experience water damage in your commercial property, call SERVPRO Emporia/South Boston today, 434-262-6792.
4 Reason You Should Hire A Restoration Professional
Water damage to residential and commercial properties can be very challenging and costly for property owners. From general plumbing issues, like overflowing toilets and bathtubs, to forces of nature, like hurricanes and storms, there are many things that can cause flooding. Although some flooding may appear to be easy to clean up and restore on your own, there are many unconsidered benefits of hiring a professional to do the repairs for you.
Prevent Mold from Spreading
While you may think you’ve dried all the water caused by flooding to your property, you may have missed some. Any water or moisture left behind can cause mold to grow and spread throughout your property. A water damage restoration company, like SERVPRO Emporia/South Boston, is trained to properly clean areas when water moves that a homeowner may not be able to get to; like between walls, under floorboards, and those other hard-to-reach places. These professionals can save areas that would have had to be replaced without proper cleaning. And, in areas where mold has already developed, a professional can clean it properly to prevent the mold spores from spreading.
Avoid More Damage in the Future
If someone who is inexperienced cleans an area and/or property that has been affected by water, it is possible that mistakes can be made, and the damage can become worse and escalate if it is not handled correctly immediately. Trained professionals in this line of business are able to use the proper techniques to ensure that the cleanup and restoration process is done the right way, the first time. They can also help to prevent further damage or problems from developing.
Identify Hidden Signs of Moisture
An experienced restoration professional will be able to use state-of-the-art tools to identify hidden signs of moisture that could have become future problems for home and business owners.
Get the Best Restoration Results Possible
At SERVPRO of Emporia/South Boston our goal is to make it, "Like it never even happened."® Our technicians will be able to replace and restore flooring, insulation and dry wall using the highest quality materials available to them, for a wonderful finished product!
For all of your restoration needs, contact us today at 434-262-6792.