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Nine Preparation Tips For a Businesses Disaster

2/5/2020 (Permalink)

Orange SERVPRO  house logo on image with iPad of SERVPRO website We know how devastating a business disaster can be, but we are here to help! Call SERVPRO of Portage County

Would your business be ready to handle a catastrophe? A disaster can hit at anytime, whether it’s for a natural disaster, a man-made hazard, or a large-scale utility disruption. That’s why preparation for a disaster is critical.

Here are tips for disaster preparation and recovery:

1. Make a plan: If you don’t have a plan for business disaster recovery, create one today. SERVPRO of Portage County can help you create this plan for no cost.

2. Involve all employees: Your workforce is your most valuable asset therefore it’s important to educate everyone in the planning, communication, and implementation of your Emergency Readiness Plan. You never know when the disaster can hit.

3. Promote communications: It is important to know who to contact for workforce, business partners, construction services, and insurance companies. Make sure that your contact lists are regularly updated.

4. Evacuation procedures: If you are forced to abandon your business, you will need an alternative location to carry on your business. Ensure that employees know the drill for evacuating your buildings, and identify a second site from which operations may resume.

5. Assess your business assets: You should conduct an audit of facilities and equipment to establish how they may be kept secure in the event of a disaster.

6. Backup essentials:  Make sure to keep alternative supplies ready. Some of these items are essentials for power, communications, and first aid.

7. Organize cash flow: Figure out extra resources to handle unforeseen expenses. It is important to also determine which employees will have access to emergency funds.

8. Review your insurance: Does your policies cover areas such as fire and water damage? Discuss essential emergency information with your insurance agent.

9. Practice your plan: Do a few trial runs of your company’s emergency drills. You will want to rehearse and test your contingency plan regularly, and update it as needed.

None of us likes to contemplate the aftermath of a business disaster, but the truth is we also need to prepare for the worst; disaster can strike at anytime.

We know how devastating a business disaster can be, but we are here to help! Call SERVPRO of Portage County (330) 677-4483 to help get your business restored efficiently.

  

Prevent Winter Storm Damage in Your House.

2/5/2020 (Permalink)

Orange SERVPRO  house logo on image of icicles on a house We know how devastating a storm and water disaster can be, but we are here to help!

After a winter snow storm, temperatures can go up and down which causes melting and freezing. This temperature variation can cause snow or ice to melt and trickle into your house. This can cause damage on the way inside the cracks. Water damage is not fun for any home owner.

The goo news, you can prevent water damage from snow melts by shoveling snow away from your house. Yes, it could be as simple as that.

It may also be necessary to shovel snow from areas with grass underneath. This can help the water from entering and flooding once it warms up.

Contact our team of professionals for more information about snow water damage to your home.

We know how devastating a storm and water disaster can be, but we are here to help! Call SERVPRO of Portage County (330) 677-4483 to help get your home restored efficiently.

  

Six Ways to Defend Against Ice Dams in Winter

1/4/2020 (Permalink)

Orange SERVPRO  house logo on image with ice on branch. We know how devastating a water disaster can be, but we are here to help!

Property owners in Portage County can have water damage stemming from the roof. This is a bigger threat after winter storms than any other. The problem starts with ice dams: the roof melts snow, water flows down to the colder eaves and refreezes there.

This cycle repeats and ice accumulates in layers, but also pushes under shingles. It eventually leaks into walls, ceiling and even insulation. This can be heavy enough to pull gutters off buildings or detach.

Here are ways to defend against ice dams:

  1. Survey your attic to finds openings: Insulate or caulk these openings in chimneys, plumbing pipes, electrical conduits, fan outlets, and junction boxes.
  2. Improve the attic entrances: Entrances are the biggest offenders that channel heat into attics.
  3. Increase insulation. Attics should ideally have at least a foot of insulation between living spaces and attic interiors.
  4. Inspect ventilation outlets: Heat that enters the attic needs an easy escape route make sure that they are not blocked and are working properly.
  5. Remove heavy snow from roofs: Snow insulates the attic which increases the attic temperature.
  6. Call a professional. If you suspect ice dams are a problem for your house, call a professional like SERVPRO.

We know how devastating a water disaster can be, but we are here to help! Call SERVPRO of Portage County (330) 677-4483 to help get your home restored efficiently.

  

We Support Veterans, Thank You!

1/4/2020 (Permalink)

Orange SERVPRO  house logo on image with soldiers walking. We support the military veterans and families, we are always looking for well qualified employees

SERVPRO of Portage County would like to take this opportunity to thank our American Veterans! We support veterans and their families.

Though it is not Veterans Day SERVPRO of Portage County is dedicated to showing American veterans that we appreciate their sacrifices they have made to preserve the freedom of our country. We thank you!

It is important that we always make sure to thank our veterans everyday and not just on military holidays. Pay it forward to a veteran in the following ways:

  • Send a note or a card to a veteran
  • Send a care package to a deployed solider
  • Visit a veteran in the hospital
  • Ask a veteran about his service and just listen
  • We support the military veterans and families, we are always looking for well qualified employees, just call (330) 677-4483 for more information.

If you know someone who is experiencing a disaster  call SERVPRO of Portage County (330) 677-4483 to help get your home restored efficiently.

  

SERVPRO Gives To Women who are Victims of Domestic Violence

12/3/2019 (Permalink)

Orange SERVPRO  house logo on image with jewelry in background SERVPRO of Portage County gives back yet again. This Christmas Season we are collecting New and Gently Used Ladies Accessories for Women who are Victi

SERVPRO of Portage County gives back yet again. This Christmas Season we are collecting New and Gently Used Ladies Accessories for Women who are Victims of Domestic Violence

The items we collect will enable the Children of Women in Domestic Violence Shelters and Transitional Housing to give their Mom’s a gift at Christmas time. 

So how can you help?

1. Go through your accessories and donate items that you no longer want or use.  Please only donate items in good condition.  This won’t cost anything and will give you a good reason to purge your closet and jewelry box. 
A win-win! 

2. Purchase items to donate.

3. Donate funds to help buy additional items. 

What type of items are we looking for?

Used and New: Jewelry (separated in boxes or bags- please put sets together), winter hats, gloves & scarves, purses, wallets & tote bags.
New: Full size cosmetics, toiletries, lotion and perfume

This is an easy way to help others this Christmas without spending a dime! 
When your items ready for pickup, contact Laura at 330-807-5471 or Laura@SERVPROrri.com

We know how damage can strike, but we are here to help! Call SERVPRO of Portage County (330) 677-4483 to help get your home restored efficiently.

  

Avoid Bursted Pipes in The Winter Months

12/2/2019 (Permalink)

Orange SERVPRO  house logo on image with pipe in background We know how devastating water damage can be, but we are here to help! Call SERVPRO of Portage County (330) 677-4483 to help get your home restored.

Winter is the time for frozen pipes and burst pipes. Frozen pipes can mean big problems for your home. As water freezes, it expands and can exert up to 2,000 pounds of pressure per square inch! This pressure can cause pipes to burst and water to flow into your home leaving tons of disaster problems for your home in Portage County.

In order to prevent frozen pipes in those areas, follow these tips:

  • Drain water from hoses, water sprinklers, and other outdoor lines, before it is too late.
  • On cold days, open cabinet doors to allow warm air to flow around pipes.
  • Turn on the water taps slightly to allow a slow drip to run through the faucets.
  • Make sure that there is insulation present in areas around pipes that are susceptible to cold weather.
  • If you are leaving for vacation, don’t set the temperature any lower than 55°F.

Putting these tips into practice will significantly reduce your chances of having a pipe freeze in your home, and thereby, avoid the larger and much more costly and inconvenient problem of a pipe burst.

We know how devastating water damage can be, but we are here to help! Call SERVPRO of Portage County (330) 677-4483 to help get your home restored efficiently.

  

The SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile Advantage

12/2/2019 (Permalink)

Orange SERVPRO  house logo on image with business building in background We know how devastating a business disaster can be, but we are here to help! Call SERVPRO of Portage County (330) 677-4483.

As many as 50% of businesses close down following a disaster, according to the latest 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. And knowing you are "Ready for whatever happens" speaks trust to your clients and employees that in the event your business is affected by a disaster, they don’t necessarily have to be.

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.

  • 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."

We know how devastating a business disaster can be, but we are here to help! Call SERVPRO of Portage County (330) 677-4483 to help get your home restored efficiently.

  

Christmas House Fire Safety Tips

12/1/2019 (Permalink)

 Orange SERVPRO  house logo on image with house and Christmas tree in background There are so many other ways to prevent fire, around Christmas time, but these are a few of the common mistakes.

Christmas is around the corner, and you know what that means: fire safety. Each year, fire departments respond to an average of 210 structure fires caused by Christmas trees. Carefully decorating Christmas trees will make the holidays safer.

Here are some great Fire Prevention tips:

  • Choose a tree with fresh, green needles that do not fall off when touched.
  • Make sure the tree is at least three feet away from any heat source, such as fireplaces, radiators, candles, heat vents or lights.
  • Make sure the tree is not blocking an exit.
  • Add water to the tree stand daily.
  • Some lights are only for indoor or outdoor use, but not both make sure you choose the right ones.
  • Replace any string of lights with worn or broken cords or loose bulb connections.
  • Always turn off Christmas tree lights before leaving home or going to bed.
  • Get rid of the tree when it begins dropping needles. Dried-out trees are a fire danger and should not be left in the home or garage, or placed outside against the home.

There are so many other ways to prevent fire, around Christmas time, but these are a few of the common mistakes. We hope that you do not ever experience a fire.

We know how devastating fire damage can be, but we are here to help! Call SERVPRO of Portage County (330) 677-4483 to help get your home restored efficiently.

  

Thanksgiving Fire Tips

11/4/2019 (Permalink)

 Orange SERVPRO  house logo on image with fire Fire safety top of mind in the kitchen during this joyous time is important, especially when there’s a lot of activity at home.

For most, the kitchen is the heart of the home, especially during the holidays. Everyone enjoys being part of the preparations.

Fire safety top of mind in the kitchen during this joyous time is important, especially when there’s a lot of activity at home. As you start preparing your holiday schedule and organizing that large family feast, follow a few simple safety tips so you can enjoy time with your loved ones.

Here are some safety tips

  • Stay in the kitchen when you are cooking on the stove top and keep an eye on the food.
  • Stay in the home when cooking your turkey, and check on it frequently.
  • Keep children away from the stove; children should stay three feet away.
  • Make sure kids stay away from hot food and liquids. The steam from vegetables, gravy or coffee could cause burns.
  • Be sure electric cords are not dangling off the counter within easy reach of a child.
  • Keep matches and utility lighters out of the reach of children.
  • Keep the floor clear so you don’t trip over anything.
  • Make sure your smoke alarms are working. Test them by pushing the test button.

Thanksgiving fire facts

  • Thanksgiving is the peak day for home cooking fires, followed by Christmas Day, Christmas Eve, and the day before Thanksgiving.
  • In 2016, U.S. fire departments responded to an estimated 1,570 home cooking fires on Thanksgiving.
  • Unattended cooking was the leading contributing factor in cooking fires.
  • Cooking equipment was involved in almost half of all reported home fires, and it is the second leading cause of home fire deaths.  

We know how devastating fire damage can be, but we are here to help! Call SERVPRO of Portage County (330) 677-4483 to help get your home restored efficiently.

 

SERVPRO of Portage County sewage back up cleaning for commercial buildings is ECO-Friendly and Sustainable.

10/9/2019 (Permalink)

Orange SERVPRO  house logo on dark image with a sewer. One of the most unhealthy situations for a business is backed up sewer water.

One of the most unhealthy situations for a business is backed up sewer water. Sewage is considered biohazard and carries many bacteria and germs. Even worse, you can spread that bacteria by improper cleaning procedures. As sewage professionals, SERVPRO has the proper gear to prevent exposure. If this has happened to you, we know that every minute counts. You may be tempted to handle your sewage situation yourself, but we highly advise that you call a professional for sewage backup cleaning.   

When it comes to sewage backup cleaning, time is of the essence. Without the proper tools and equipment, the cleanup process can go on forever.  SERVPRO of Portage County can provide sewage backup cleaning that is efficient and green. Some companies use industrial-grade artificial disinfectants, these harsh chemicals leave behind a harmful residue in the environment. That’s why SERVPRO uses Benefect instead, it is an industrial grade authentic botanical disinfectant that’s powerful enough for sewage but made from natural, safe ingredients. “Benefect products use Thyme Oil that has been specially grown & blended to exacting specifications. This groundbreaking botanical technology is proven to kill over 99.99% of bacteria and surpasses the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's efficacy requirements for broad spectrum hospital disinfectants”. www.benefect.com


With over 30 years of experience, you can trust that SERVPRO of Portage County will follow mandated regulations and safety standards. In fact, we are a preferred vendor for many local and national businesses.  We are IICRC certified, insured and have the resources to return your business to a safe and healthy environment in the most efficient manner possible.  

Call anytime – 24 hours a day / 365 days a year – someone is waiting to discuss your unique situation and help you determine the best course of action.