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Does Your Business Have a Continuity Plan? (Part 1 of 2)

10/26/2021 (Permalink)

servpro ready If a disaster hits your workplace and you suffer storm damage as a result, don’t be caught unprepared. Put together a plan for continuity in advance!

Protecting your business from a natural disaster requires that you take the necessary steps to prepare your workplace and your workforce. Could you access copies of your critical business documents, insurance papers, and financial information after major flooding? Would you know how to start up again after disabling storm damage? Creating a business continuity plan is vital to ensure the longevity of your company.

Here are some basic steps to start a plan: 

  • Complete and document an analysis of a potential issues.
  • Document what would be required to recover core business processes.
  • Identify a team of your employees who would manage if your business were to be interrupted.
  • Develop relocation plans and document recovery procedures.
  • Hold training and practice exercises.
  • Create and test emergency communication plans.

Recovery Strategies. 

When creating a continuity plan to address damage, consider full-loss and partial-loss scenarios. How long can you run your business if you don’t have access to a building? Does your staff have the ability to work from home or from another location? Document your recovery strategy, and include manual workarounds to plan for technology or machinery loss. Here are some things to review and consider:

 Increasing production at other locations (if applicable)

  • Use of third-party vendors to cover gaps
  • Telecommuting
  • Use of another location
  • Prioritization of workflow to complete critical deliverables

Does Your Business Have a Continuity Plan? (Part 2 of 2)

10/26/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO logo If a disaster hits your workplace and you suffer storm damage as a result, don’t be caught unprepared. Put together a plan for continuity in advance!

Flood Insurance.

An important component of a recovery plan is flood insurance, which can offer compensation for repairs that result from flood damage. Flood insurance may be available for business owners through the National Flood Insurance Program.

Cleanup.

The final step in your Terre Haute, IN, business continuity plan is knowing who to call for help with cleanup. Reach out to a local, professional, clean-up crew, and look for one that is available on call and has relationships with insurance providers.

If a disaster hits your workplace and you suffer storm damage as a result, don’t be caught unprepared. Put together a plan for continuity in advance and get back to business as soon as possible.

For more information, please visit us at http://www.SERVPROvigocounty.com/.

Is Your Sprinkler Malfunctioning?

10/26/2021 (Permalink)

Sprinkler Finding the cause of a problem can help you keep your landscaping beautiful and your building safe from external flooding.

The landscaping at your commercial property in Terre Haute, IN, often makes the first impression on clients entering the building. Keeping your irrigation system working properly is therefore vital to maintaining your company’s image. Broken sprinklers can be detrimental to the plants they’re designed to care for. If left unchecked, they can also cause flooding problems for which you will need to hire a water mitigation specialist to handle. When sprinklers malfunction, there are several steps you can go through to determine what the underlying cause may be.

1. Determine Type of Problem. 

Irrigation problems tend to fall within two main categories. Hydraulic problems are the result of an issue with the way the equipment works. They may be due to a cut pipe, debris in the line or a technical problem with one or several of the sprinkler heads. Electrical problems have to do with getting power to the components that need it. Checking the timer or making sure the irrigation system is fueled from a working outlet can be some of the first things you do when you suspect that the problem is electrical. 

2. Determine Scope of Problem.

Is your whole system out, or is it just malfunctioning in one zone? If, for example, pressure is low in one zone, a pipe in that zone could be clogged. If, however, it is low everywhere, the problem is probably closer to the main source. Determining how large the problem is can help you narrow down the causes quickly.

3. Determine Cause of Problem.

Any number of things can cause irrigation issues. If some of the components are poor or worn out, you are likely to experience leaks. If a rock is blocking the water’s path, the system has to work harder to get the flow to the sprinkler. It is a good idea to contact a qualified professional to help you determine the cause if it’s not immediately evident.

Finding the cause of a problem with your irrigation system is important. It can help you keep your landscaping beautiful and your building safe from external flooding.

For more information, please visit us at http://www.SERVPROvigocounty.com/.

SERVPRO of Vigo County & CPSV Helped A Home Fire "Like it never even happened"

10/26/2021 (Permalink)

House Damage This is a before picture of what we walked into after the fire.

Furnace caught fire with no one home resulting in a house engulfed with flames as the fire department arrived. Homeowner stated that when she arrived "he thought there was no way it would be back to new without tearing it completely down."

SERVPRO of Vigo County & CPSV was called in to making it "Like it never even happened."

After fixing the house back to new and having vandalism damage during the process of putting it back to new not once but twice. The customer is back in the home and very happy with the whole process.

Customer stated that even though it took longer than expected due to the two vandalisms, he was very happy with how everything turned out in the end. He stated that he would use our services again if it ever would to happen hat he would need them.

Don't Hesitate When Water Damage Occurs! Contact SERVPRO !

10/20/2021 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Have Questions? Call SERVPRO of Vigo County provides 24/7 at (812) 242-961!

SERVPRO of Vigo County provides 24-hour emergency service and is dedicated to being faster to any-sized disaster in Terre Haute or surrounding counties. We can respond immediately to your emergency and have the expertise to handle your restoration or cleaning needs.

  • 24-Hour Emergency Service
  • Faster to Any-Sized Disaster
  • Highly Trained Restoration Technicians
  • A Trusted Leader in the Restoration Industry
  • Locally Owned and Operated
  • Advanced Restoration and Cleaning Equipment 

Have Questions? Call Us 24/7 – 812-242-9611

Residential Services

Whether your Vigo County home needs emergency flood damage or your upholstery cleaned, you can depend on us. Our technicians have extensive cleaning and restoration training and can make your property look its best. Learn more about our residential services:

  • Water Damage Restoration
  • Fire Damage Restoration
  • Mold Remediation
  • Storm Damage Restoration
  • Cleaning Services
  • Building/Reconstruction Services

There's never a convenient time for fire or Water damage to strike your Terre Haute commercial property. Every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when the need arises for professional cleaning or emergency restoration services we have the training and expertise to respond promptly with highly trained technicians to get your property back to business. Learn more about our commercial services: 

  • Commercial Water Damage Restoration
  • Commercial Fire Damage Restoration

Don't Let Storm Damage Slow You Down! SERVPRO Is Faster To Any Size Disaster!

10/20/2021 (Permalink)

Damage to attic Garage and attic damage in Terre Haute Home

After a large storm in the Vigo County area, the homeowners woke up to their ceiling in their garage on top of their car, with their storage from the attic falling through.

SERVPRO of Vigo County arrived within hours of being contacted. The home owner stated that SERVPRO of Vigo County had "excellent cooperation and assistance to fully meet my needs."

If you have any type of disaster SERVPRO of Vigo County can be on site anytime of the day to make it "Like it never even happened."

The homeowner is very pleased with the outcome of his home and stated that it is truly "Like it never even happened."

CALL us today SERVPRO of Vigo County!!! No matter what the TIME is 812-242-9611.

Items Damaged After A Flood? Here Are Some Tips On Taking Care Of Them!

10/20/2021 (Permalink)

water Damage We can help with any size disaster! Call us today!
 

One of the biggest fears any homeowner has is losing valuable items in a disaster. These incidents can come in many forms, including flooding. When you have unwanted water in the home, you not only face costly repairs and restoration, but you may also struggle to salvage many of your belongings. Fortunately, there are some effective strategies and steps you can take to preserve your possessions.

Dry wet Objects.

When flooding occurs in your Terre Haute, IN, home, whether due to a broken pipe, cracks in your foundation or any other reason, it’s vital to dry damp or saturated items. There are a few ways you can do this.

• Use dry cleaning methods on clothes.
• Use high-quality air blowers to remove moisture from furniture.
• Leave objects to dry inside instead of outside, as sunlight may produce too much heat on the items, leading to cracking.

Be Extra Careful With Books.

If you’re like many people in Terre Haute, IN, you probably have valuable or meaningful books and other documents. Water in the home can destroy these items, but they’re also salvageable in many cases. If you exercise caution you can preserve these fragile keepsakes. Air dry these items and put into a freezer if they’re soaked. For wet photos, never touch the surfaces.

Cleaning Metal.

If you have metal items damaged in a flood at home, it’s important to rinse them off promptly and then to dry them completely with a clean cloth or towel right after you’ve removed any dirt and other materials. For larger metal items, let mud buildup dry so a professional can help you remove it later on. If you try to clean it off yourself, you may cause further damage.

Water in a home can cause significant problems, but you can still save your precious belongings. Make sure you follow these effective measures right after the flood has occurred.

For more information, please visit us at http://www.SERVPROvigocounty.com/.

Why SERVPRO? Because carpet stinks, but don't worry...we can help!

3/23/2021 (Permalink)

Have you ever been sniffing around wondering where a certain smell is coming from? Then you realize it is coming from your carpet. If your carpet has a bad smell, consider these possibilities, it may require a professional carpet cleaning. Once you find the source of your carpet odor, you can decide the best treatment. 

  • Moisture or dampness
    • Oftentimes moisture can be trapped in the carpet and carpet pad leading to a musty odor. This can be caused by humidity, spills, potted plants dripping on them.
    • A flood in a finished basement can cause carpet odor. If the situation is not handled properly, continued moisture exposure can cause mildew and mold growth.
  • Pet odor
    • When pets use your carpet as a bathroom, the smell can really linger around.
    • The smell of pet urine can sometimes return even after a carpet cleaning. This is due to the gases released by the bacteria that are digesting the urine.
    • The best solution for eliminating pet odors are dry carpet cleaning treatments or treatments that use enzymatic odor removal products.
  • Cigarette smoke
    • If someone smokes inside the home, the carpet can hold in the cigarette smoke odor.
    • While the person living there may not notice the smell, but visitors will.
    • A professional carpet cleaning is suggested to remove the smell, but if the smoking was excessive, the carpet may need to be replaced.
  • Old age
    • Carpeting is made from fibers that break down over time.
    • Carpet cleaning can't remove the old, musty smell from the carpet. It needs to be replaced.
    • Along with smell, old carpets start to release dust contributing to indoor allergies.
  • Food and drink spills
    • Any food or drink spills on carpet can lead to odors.
    • Professional carpet cleaning is best to remove the smell.

Basement soaked? SERVPRO can help!

3/23/2021 (Permalink)

Basements can become wet and humid during the warmer spring months. Unfortunately, moisture promotes mildew and mold growth. As such, it is important to keep your basement dry. Here are some ways you can avoid a musty, damp basement.

Slope the Ground Away From Your Foundation

One of the tips for helping to keep your basement dry is to make sure the ground around the exterior of your home slopes or is graded away from your foundation. If the slope is toward the basement, water can flow through the foundation and into your basement.

Place Rocks and Gravel Around Your Foundation

Another tip to help keep your basement dry is to place rocks or gravel around the base or foundation of your home. Rocks or gravel help to absorb water, preventing excess water from seeping into your basement. If you have a large amount of water, consider installing a French drain system around your home.

Install Gutters and Downspouts Around Your Home

Installing gutters and downspouts around your home can also help to keep your basement dry. Gutters help catch water flowing from the roof and guide it away from your home. This prevents water from falling off the roof and landing on the surface area directly adjacent to your foundation.

Paint Your Basement With Water Resistant Paint

A water-resistant paint can be painted on the interior walls of your basement. This helps prevent water from seeping through your walls and making its way into your basement.

Keep Humidity Down By Using a Dehumidifier

Dehumidifiers are great appliances for keeping humidity low in a basement. A dehumidifier can effectively reduce the amount of moisture in the air, which will prevent mold and mildew growth.

Vent All Appliances Outside

Lastly, make sure all of your appliances vent outside. As appliances vent, they produce hot air. When this hot air comes into contact with cool air in your basement, condensation can form. Venting your appliances outside prevents this from happening, keeping your basement dry.

Keeping your basement dry will not only reduce mold and mildew but will also make it a safer area whether you use it for storage or as a family-gathering area. When water intrudes your property, mold can accumulate in as little as 48 hours. If your basement is already wet or you notice mold or mildew growth, you need a professional to help you with clean-up. At SERVPRO of Vigo County & Clay, Parke, Sullivan, & Vermillion Counties , we use advanced water damage inspection and extraction equipment to help find the moisture and remove it as quickly as possible. Call us at 812-242-9611 to get started today. 

Ask The Experts: What To Do After The Flood

3/19/2021 (Permalink)

Flood SERVPRO of Vigo County is a locally-owned and -operated leader in restoration and cleaning needs, so we are part of this community, too.

Following a flood event at your residence or business, your primary focus should be safety. After any major natural disaster such as a hurricane, flooding is often the most dangerous risk to human life and property. If your flood has been caused by infrastructure or equipment failure such as a hot water heater, a broken sump pump, or burst water pipe – locate the source of the leak to stop the surge of water from increasing. Following a natural disaster, do not enter your home until you are given permission by authorities. And even then, do so with extreme caution. Make sure all power is turned off, so you do not get electrocuted. You also need to be protected in case the standing water is contaminated.

What to Focus On

Always use caution and consider these issues while you assess your situation and damages:

* Is it safe to stay in the house?

* Electrical and “slip and fall” incidents are big concerns.

* Only attempt activities that are safe for you to undertake.

* Be careful while lifting saturated items as they can be very heavy.

Once It is Safe

Contact your insurance company as soon as possible. Once you have been assured it is safe to return to your home, you should photograph all damage so you have proof for your insurance company. Make sure you take pictures before removing the water, damage or debris. Also, make a written list of all damage and impact to share with your insurance company. Remember to be aware of any broadcasts relating to additional flood warnings or watches that would necessitate you retreating from your home. Just because the storm has passed does not mean the danger has.

Cleaning Up

To protect yourself from any contaminants in the water, you will want to wear rubber boots higher than the water, as well as gloves. If you can, try to drain and/or mop up the water. Dry out your home with fans, air conditioners, or dehumidifiers. Remove art objects and other valuables from the walls, mantles, and shelves for safe storage in a dry place. Prop furniture up off carpets using aluminum foil or wood blocks.

SERVPRO of Vigo County is a locally-owned and -operated leader in restoration and cleaning needs, so we are part of this community, too. 

Call us today! We are faster to any disaster and here to help get you back to "Like it never even happened."