The Water Damage Numbers Say It All
If water damage catches you off-guard and leaves you all wet, you’ve got help on your side. Contact SERVPRO of St Clair County.
Being a homeowner is something to be proud of! You worked hard to accomplish buying your own home, and you also work hard at keeping it well-maintained.
So, that’s why we wanted to share some information regarding water damage to your home. While you might do everything to prepare for events, things don’t always go according to plan. Statistically speaking, you are likely to encounter water damage of some kind.
While you can’t prevent every disaster, the truth is you can be better prepared by keeping appliances and pipes well-equipped and maintained. By doing this, at least you know you did your part to avoid becoming part of the statistics.
24. This references the percentage of all home insurance claims filed because of water damage. One out of every 50 homeowners file a water claim in a year’s timeframe.
48. This is how long you have, 48 hours, before mold begins growing in your home. Water damage can cause major problems the longer it sits, so reacting quickly is best.
98. Do you have a basement in your home? This number is the percentage of how many homes with a basement experience water damage at some point.
10,234. Water damage, no matter the size, can cause major damage to your home. This number reflects the amount of money paid out to homeowners after filing a water claim. Because water doesn’t only affect your home—it also affects the possessions inside your home.
14,000. If you had to guess how many water damage experiences happened daily, would you guess 14,000? If so, that’s right! This is how many Americans encounter water damage every day. That means every six seconds there’s a newly busted pipe or leaky appliance somewhere.
13,000,000,000. Billions of dollars are paid out each year to fix water damage here in the United States. $13 billion worth to be exact. When you look at previous statistics, you’ll see how this number can be possible.
The numbers can be overwhelming, but it’s important to remember that most water damage is preventable. Make sure you keep up with home maintenance and plumbing and make repairs as needed! While nothing is ever fully preventable, doing these things can certainly help.
If water damage catches you off-guard and leaves you all wet, you’ve got help on your side. Contact SERVPRO to see how we can quickly and fully restore water damage to your home or business.
Sprinkler Maintenance For Fires
Fire sprinkler maintenance is an easy thing to forget when most businesses will never experience a fire. Fire sprinklers on your commercial property need to be checked regularly in order to prevent a disaster. When sprinklers fail to turn on, the fire damage can be devastating. Follow these simple steps to ensure your sprinklers work well.
1. Make Sure the Water Is Turned On
It may seem obvious, but missing this step can be devastating. Confirm the water valves leading to your sprinklers are turned on. This step needs to be performed after all maintenance jobs involving water valves.
2. Do Not Paint Over the Sprinklers
Perhaps it is tempting to paint over fire sprinklers to help them blend into the decor. However, it is important to remember they are functional, not decorative. Paint can block water flow, thus preventing them from fulfilling their purpose.
3. Do Not Block the Sprinklers
Make sure you do not block sprinklers, especially when utilizing precious storage space. Sprinklers cannot do their job well if they are obstructed.
4. Check for Corrosion or Build-up
This sprinkler maintenance step is similar to not painting over the sprinkler system. Make sure to periodically check for corrosion or buildup so the sprinklers can work optimally.
5. Make Sure the Sprinkler Pipes Don’t Freeze
Saving money by turning the heat down in an empty building may seem like a practical choice. The problem is that wet pipes can freeze in cold temperatures, preventing the sprinklers from functioning properly. Keep your building warm enough to prevent freezing pipes.
6. Do Not Hang Things From Sprinklers
While it is tempting to hang items from sprinklers, remember that sprinklers are not meant to hold any kind of weight. Hanging things from sprinklers can cause them to bend or break, and a broken sprinkler is no help if there is a fire.
Keeping up with your fire sprinkler maintenance is just as important as fire prevention. Even with proper maintenance, accidents can still happen. When they do, your emergency restoration services partner can help get you back to work again. Call SERVPRO of St Clair County at 205-525-0332 and let us help you today!
Cleaning For Commercial Jobs
You don’t have time to worry about the common wear and tear that gradually soils your office. When grime, odor, and moisture challenges go beyond the scope of your regular janitorial staff, you should call SERVPRO of St Clair County for prompt service. Whether it’s removing an odor problem or deep cleaning flooring or carpets, you can rely on us to make your work space look its very best.
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Specialty Cleaning Services
SERVPRO of St Clair County offer cleaning services ranging from cleaning restaurant hoods to removing biohazard contaminants. We have the specialized training and products to get your property back to business. Our cleaning services include the following:
- Air Ducts & HVAC
- Biohazard & Sewage
- Trauma & Crime Scene
- Carpet & Upholstery
- Drapes & Blinds
- Ceilings, Walls & Hard Floors
- Odor Removal & Deodorization
Safety For Smoke Alarms
Properly functioning smoke alarms are a key aspect to general home safety when it comes to potential home fires. Unfortunately, statistics point to the fact that approximately 60 percent of home fire deaths are a direct result of fires in properties without working smoke alarms. While it may seem like an afterthought or a bonus for a home, the reality is that smoke alarms save lives and missing or broken smoke alarms can be the cause of fire deaths or fire injuries. When a fire starts in a home, it spreads incredibly fast. As such, it is absolutely essential for all South Florida homeowners to have working smoke alarms installed throughout their homes to ensure they can get out as quickly as possible.
Some experts say that a family has one minute or less to get out of a home in the event of a fire. Having a smoke alarm in the house in one of the most effective ways to save you and your family’s lives. Keep in mind the following smoke alarm safety tips:
- Make sure your alarm system is interconnected so that when one alarm goes off they all do
- Check your smoke alarms every month to make sure they are functioning correctly
- Get new smoke alarms installed every 10 years
- Smoke alarms should be installed both inside and outside of all bedrooms or other sleeping areas
- Smoke alarms should be installed on each level of the home
- Replace smoke alarm battery at least one time a year (9-volt battery)
- Practice a fire drill in the event that the alarm goes off
- Once the smoke alarm sounds, everyone must get out of the house fast
An estimated 3,000 people are killed each year in the United States due to fires. Ensure that you and your family are taking every measure to be protected from fire danger. The first step in safeguarding your home is to deploy the above smoke alarm tips right away. If your home has suffered any fire damage, contact the professionals at SERVPRO today to learn more!
You Have Fire Damage? Call SERVPRO!
Have you ever wondered about the work that goes into a fire damage?
Well SERVPRO of St Clair County is specialized with fire restoration training, we work very hard to make every aspect of your disaster as stress-free as possible. With every fire damage there comes a unique set of difficulties, but the process ends up remaining the same – and our trained team of production technicians are fully equipped to deal with every fire damage they come across, even the most challenging of fire damages.
If you look at the items listed below it will help you to better understand the fire restoration process.
- Emergency Contact
The restoration process begins when you call us. Our representative will ask questions regarding the fire damage event that will help us respond immediately with the appropriate equipment and resources.
- Inspection and Fire Damage Assessment
We carefully inspect and test adjoining rooms of your property to determine the extent of the fire, smoke, and soot damage. This step is crucial to developing a plan of action.
- Immediate Board-up and Roof Tarp Service
Fire damage can often compromise windows, walls, and roofs. To maintain security and to protect against further damage, we can board up missing windows and walls and place tarps on damaged roofs.
- Water Removal and Drying (if water is present)
The water removal process begins almost immediately and removes the majority of the water. We then use dehumidifiers and air movers to remove the remaining water and complete the drying process.
- Removal of Smoke and Soot from All Surfaces
We use specialized equipment and techniques to remove smoke and soot from ceilings, walls, and other surfaces
- Cleaning and Sanitizing
We clean, sanitize, and disinfect all of the restorable items and structures that were damaged by the fire. We use a variety of cleaning techniques to restore your belongings to pre-fire condition. We’re also trained to remove odors using industrial air scrubbers and fogging equipment.
Restoration is the final step—getting your home or business to its pre-fire condition. Restoration may involve minor repairs, such as replacing drywall, painting, and installing new carpet; or it may entail major repairs such as the reconstruction of various areas or rooms in a home or business.
No matter how challenging your fire damage maybe, SERVPRO of St Clair County is ready to restore your home to preloss conditions. Call us @ 256-378-1319 with any questions you may have.
How Does Water Damage Hardwood Floors
Hardwood flooring is an everyday staple of construction in many St Clair County homes, but caring for this material can often be a challenge. Moisture and saturation can distort the shape and weaken the integrity of these materials, which can ultimately cause homeowners to need to replace them. To avoid this costly repair and reinstallation of hardwood, seek the experience and industry-leading equipment of restoration professionals that can address this saturation effectively.
Many homeowners mistakenly believe that addressing flooring damage in their home after a water loss incident in St Clair County is only involved as removing surface moisture and standing water. In truth, these situations can often move far beyond the surface and affect into subflooring material. The only way to know the full extent of the spread of water damage is to utilize the advanced detection equipment and thermal imagery cameras available to our SERVPRO team.
We understand how vital it is to address water damaged flooring as quickly as possible because, within a few days, hardwood flooring and vinyl alternatives can begin to swell and distort. Bloating can cause the tongue and groove connections of the individual planks to disconnect, separating entire portions of flooring. Once this degradation begins, it is no longer possible for professionals to reverse this damage and controlled demolition techniques become necessary instead.
Our SERVPRO team can work quickly to set up our Injecti-Dry System with drying mats to begin a slow and steady draw of moisture from these affected materials. By tenting over these mats, our team can better regulate the loss of moisture from the planks, helping to keep constant monitoring of moisture content to ensure that the flooring does not get overly dry which can be equally destructive.
We understand how critical a fast response is to protecting hardwood flooring in your house, and so our SERVPRO of St Clair County professionals stay available 24/7 to help. You can trust our experienced and equipped professionals to make flooring damage “Like it never even happened.” Give us a call anytime that you need us at (205)-525-0332
What To Do If You Have Water Damage
A flooded home is a devastating event for any homeowner. It has the ability to ruin many of your possessions in addition to your property itself. Due to the fact that water damage can quickly become permanent if not addressed as soon as possible, if you do suffer flood damage to your home, it’s important that you call the professionals at SERVPRO of St Clair County to help restore the home. Here are some things you can do immediately after a flood to start the restoration process.
Call Your Insurance Agent
Regardless of how bad a flood has hit your home, it has likely done some significant damage to some of your possessions and to the structure of your home. Soon after you recognize the damage, you should call your insurance agent.
Check Before Entering Home
Before you re-enter your home after flood damage, check for any structural damage that may have occurred. Severe flooding or water damage has the ability to compromise the integrity of the structure. If you enter the home without closely inspecting what you’re walking into, the building could potentially collapse, trapping you inside. Once you’ve entered the home, you should be very careful about where you’re walking, especially if you’re moving from carpeting onto a hard surface.
Once you have entered the home, document the evidence of that damage that has been done by taking photos of it. If there are any questions, particularly by your insurance company about the validity of your claim, you’ll have evidence to show them. While you document the damage, save any items that you can. Some items, such as porous materials, may have been damaged beyond repair. When the SERVPRO crew arrives to restore the home, they’ll save as many items as possible. But if there are items that have not been damaged, you can take them out to avoid any further potential damage.
While you’re examining the damage that has occurred in your home, make a list of the damage or lost items in the home. Make sure to include the date they were purchased and their value with any receipts you may have. Store that list with any inventory of your possessions that you may have taken before the flood. If any of your possessions must be disposed of, which some may, make sure you have photographs of the items.
Turn Off Power
After the flood damage occurs, turn off all power, especially to the affected rooms. Also refrain from using any electrical appliances as you could electrocute yourself if you’re standing in water. Keep the power to the home off until an electrician can come and thoroughly inspect the system to ensure it’s safe to turn back on again.
Mold thrives in environments where moisture is present which makes flooded parts of a house ideal for mold growth. The existence of mold in a home can be hazardous so it’s important to prevent the mold from growing if at all possible. Removing any wet contents from the home as soon as possible will help to prevent such mold growth around the home.
Regardless of how well you think you can clean up after a flood, you should call the professionals at SERVPRO of St Clair County to ensure that as much of your property is salvaged as possible. But if you do decide to start the cleanup process before they arrive, it’s important that you are properly attired. Wear long sleeves, pants, gloves, and boots when dealing with flood water to ensure your safety.
Give us a call at (205)-525-0332
Storms Coming Through!!
SERVPRO specializes in storm damage as well as flood damage restoration. Our crews are highly trained and we use specialized equipment to restore your property to its pre-storm condition.
Since we are locally owned as well as operated, we are able to respond faster with the right resources, which is very important. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces the restoration cost.
Resources to Handle Floods and Storms
When storms hit, we can scale our resources to handle a large storm or flooding disaster. We can access equipment and personnel from a network of 1,650 Franchises across the country and elite Disaster Recovery Teams.
There is no storm too big or too small that we can’t handle. Call SERVPRO of St Clair County.
Types Of Storm Warnings
Storm Warnings can pop up anywhere: TV, cell phone warnings, radio, etc., but do we really understand what these warnings mean? Know these definitions so you are prepared for any storm:
- Tornado Watch Conditions are ripe for tornadoes within the watch area. Tornadoes associated with hurricanes and tropical storms are typically a very significant cause of death and damage.
- Tornado Warning A tornado has been spotted visually or on radar. Usually issued for a county. If a tornado WARNING is issued where you live, GET TO THE MIDDLE OF THE LOWEST FLOOR OF A STRONG BUILDING IMMEDIATELY!!!
- Severe Thunderstorm Watch Conditions are ripe for severe thunderstorms within the watch area.
- Severe Thunderstorm Warning There is a severe thunderstorm in or heading for the warned area. Treat this like a tornado warning!!
- Flash Flood Watch Flash floods are likely to occur in the near future. Be alert for rising water and be prepared to have to move to high ground.
- Flash Flood Warning Flash floods are occurring or expected to occur in the near future. If this happens, get to high ground immediately, and GET AWAY FROM VEHICLES... it only takes 18 inches of water to sweep a car or truck away!
- High Wind Advisory Windy conditions may occur in the advisory area. This usually makes for unsafe conditions while driving, especially in (but not limited to) large vehicles. Also, avoid boating anywhere in the advisory area.
- High Wind Warning Very strong winds are expected or already are occurring that present a significant danger while driving, boating and other outdoor activities. Often issued near tropical storms and hurricanes.
Even when hiring someone that has experience in the Restoration Industry, on the job training is still a necessity. On the job training goes much farther than making sure your staff is trained for any job they might come across. On the job training ensures that everybody in the company understands what’s going on throughout every job and are up to the company’s standards.
Everybody being on the same page ensures that Restoration Technicians, Project Managers and all office personnel know what is happening, and therefore anyone can explain it to the clients.
Often, companies’ standards differ in some ways from the industry standards because the industry standards are set to just the necessities and SERVPRO of St Clair County goes above and beyond. Employees being trained should understand why we do a job a certain way this will advance their career and further their abilities. Getting the job done isn’t good enough, getting the job done right and making sure that the problem will not arise again is the SERVPRO way. The more training that employees have means that your company can take on more expert level, higher paying jobs increasing revenue and our reputation. It also is a benefit for the employee because they will be smarter at their job, helping them make their job easier, and they can make more money with the more they know. Job training is so important to the success of the company, and it makes sure everybody is on the same page, doing the job right, all the time. Whether we are performing service for a commercial building or residential home, you can ensure the job will always be done correctly and efficiently. If you are interested in joining the SERVPRO of St Clair County team call us at 205-525-0339.