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Be Sure That Your Business Is Prepared for an Emergency | SERVPRO® of Wilson County

3/20/2020 (Permalink)

office furniture and supplies submerged under water in an office room Taking measures to reduce the time that your business is closed is crucial for any company.

Being aware of any potential hazards to your business is a very important skill, and it is especially wise to consider the impact that a natural disaster can have.

Preparedness can make the disaster recovery process much easier and help you avoid common financial pitfalls that many business owners face in their wake. By gaining an understanding of how prepared your business is, you can better determine where you can improve upon your efforts.

By breaking disaster preparedness down into three main categories, it makes it much easier to stay organized and understand what efforts you should take to protect your investment. Here are the main things to consider when preparing your business for a disaster:

Your Commercial Insurance Coverage

Adequate insurance coverage is something that is extremely important for a business regardless of whether a disaster is a possibility or not, but considering the impact that one can have makes it especially crucial. Many commercial policies are not enough to protect against disaster damage—specifics are excluded in some cases, and there are often gaps in what is covered at all. Be aware of what is built into your policy so you can know where additional coverage might be a wise investment.

Your Emergency Plan and Supply Kit

If a disaster is suddenly on the horizon, executing an evacuation plan quickly is the best way to keep you and your employees safe. Be sure to practice multiple scenarios and utilize multiple exits for the most accurate practice you can get. Additionally, keep your office emergency kit stocked with enough supplies for every staff member in case you must await assistance instead of evacuating.

Your Plan for Restoration and Recovery

If your business sustains damage due to a disaster, restoration may be necessary and require an interruption in operations. Understandably, doing this as quickly as possible is top priority for business owners, which is why we recommend determining what disaster restoration specialist you would like to use in advance. Additionally, be aware of your options for disaster loan assistance from the Small Business Administration to aid in recovery.

How to Mitigate Fire Risks to Your Business | SERVPRO® of Wilson County

2/21/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO logo with fire below Black back ground, SERVPRO logo with fire and water.

Being aware of the difficulties your business might face is a key facet of being an owner, but it is important that you consider the dangers posed by factors that may not quickly come to mind—namely, fires. Commercial fires can be devastating, leading to costly damage that requires not only funding, but a lapse in business to restore.

The good news is that by implementing fire safety measures and practicing preparedness, business owners can do wonders to reduce the risks they face from a commercial fire.

By checking codes, understanding your risk profile and helping staff be prepared, you can increase your fire safety and reduce the risk that you will ever have to utilize your knowledge.

Implementing Fire Safety Measures at Your Business

Follow code guidelines and inspection schedules. Knowing what fire safety codes apply to your business according to The National Fire Protection Association is a great place to start with your preparedness efforts. Knowing when you should be having regular equipment inspections, what precautions to take with equipment and other key fire safety elements can go a long way in strengthening your efforts.

Identify your specific risks. There are many things that impact the fire risks your business may face, and it is important to recognize that no two businesses have the same risk profile. Therefore, it is vital to gain an understanding of the specific ways your business may be vulnerable, so your efforts can be focused on the right places.

Create (and practice) a fire evacuation plan. Preparing staff for a fire alarm sounding is a great way to ensure that everyone remains calm and makes a quick exit from the building in an emergency. By regularly having fire evacuation drills, you can ingrain the process in everyone’s minds so they can be certain of exactly what should be done during a fire.

Have regular fire safety seminars with staff. Hosting general fire safety demonstrations with staff can supplement your evacuation drills, as well. This will help make sure everyone is aware of exactly what they can do throughout their workday to prevent a fire and give them a forum to communicate any questions or concerns about the risks.

We Provide Quality Restoration When Storms Damage Your Home | SERVPRO® of Wilson County

2/5/2020 (Permalink)

a yellow storm damage sign in front of a large damaged roof SERVPRO of Wilson County is your Damage Restoration expert. If you experience any storm damage call us right away.

The frequency with which storms occur can make them seem commonplace, but it is important to remember that the damage they cause can be severe and costly. Approximately $2 billion in damages occurred due to storms in 2018, making them one of the most costly and common reasons for homeowners to file with their insurance company.

There is no way to predict when a storm will cause damage, which is why simply planning ahead for the restoration process is the best way to go about it. By deciding what restoration company to work with in advance, you can start the recovery process immediately after damage occurs.

What Makes Us Stand Out for Storm Restoration

Our Holistic Restoration Approach
Despite the fact that we have seen countless incidents of storm damage throughout the years, no two have ever been the same—that is why we always take a custom approach to restoration for homes. We will do a full inspection for moisture, structural damage and mold growth in order to provide you with a complete and custom plan for recovery.

Our Well-Trained Technicians
Technicians who are knowledgeable in their field are the key to our high-quality work, which is why we invest heavily in our training programs. We begin with training materials from the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification and provide many other training opportunities throughout our technicians’ careers to make sure they stay up-to-date on the latest restoration techniques and technology.

Our Scalable Resource Model
With a national brand behind us, we are a locally owned business that can handle damages of any caliber. We can consult with other SERVPRO® locations in the event that damages are widespread in order to provide extra resources to the community, ensuring that everyone in the area can receive restoration in a timely manner.

Our Earned Reputation
We are extremely proud of our reputation as leaders in the restoration industry, and do everything we can to uphold it. Unfortunately, there are many scams that surface after disasters occur, but by working with us, you can be certain that you are getting services from a reputable company.

Implementing Measures for Fire Safety in the Home | SERVPRO® of Wilson County

1/21/2020 (Permalink)

a person laying another wood log into hot burning fireplace A house fire can occur when you least expect it. SERVPRO of Wilson County is on call 24/7 for all your Fire needs.

The impact of a fire occurring in the home is great, even if it is a relatively small fire. There are many ways that a fire can suddenly begin, and it is always a shock to experience. The good news is that by implementing fire safety measures in the home, the chances of one beginning are greatly reduced.

Retaining all the fire safety information that is around the web can be difficult, as there is a plethora of tips out there. That is why we put together a convenient guide for you to review the top fire safety tips in one place.

Fire Safety Measures: An Overview

Frequently Check Smoke Detectors. Having smoke detectors installed in the house and making sure they are properly maintained is the top way to reduce the risk of fire-related injury and lessen the damage that occurs to the home. Test them every 30 days to be sure the batteries are still charged.

Have a Fire Escape Plan. Knowing how to escape the house in the event of a house fire is another important aspect of fire safety. This will help ensure all family members know exactly what to do when the alarm sounds and can react accordingly to get to safety.

Know How to Operate a Fire Extinguisher. Keeping a fire extinguisher handy and knowing how to use it will ensure that you can extinguish a flame if it is safe to do so. Be sure to purchase the right classification that your household is the most likely to need.

Never Leave Flames Unattended. While some flames—like those from the stovetop or from candles—may initially seem harmless, these are the exact flames that cause thousands of fires each year. If a fire is burning in any regard, never leave it unattended in a room.

Keep a Closed-Door Policy. The house fires that break out during the night are some of the most deadly, due to the decreased reaction time of sleeping victims. The good news is that sleeping with a closed door can dramatically slow down a fire’s spread as it makes its way toward the sleeping rooms of your home, giving everyone more time to react.

Catch Appliance Leaks Before Water Damage Occurs | SERVPRO® of Wilson County

1/9/2020 (Permalink)

frustrated woman on floor looking at broken washer If your home experiences any flooding or other water issue, SERVPRO of Wilson County is here to dry, clean and repair any damage.

All household appliances that utilize water are prone to leaks in one way or another, but if these leaks are not caught early on, water damage can begin.

Because many appliances are not moved or inspected with frequency, this water damage can be harbored for ages before homeowners are made aware—this is why regular inspections are so important for prevention.

Inspect These Appliances for Leaks Often

Hot Water Heater
The lifetime of a hot water heater will typically span 10 to 15 years, but leaks can start much earlier than this. The seals and pipes connected to the hot water heater can often break down, so keeping an eye out for any accumulation both during and after use is a smart move.

Refrigerator
The rarity with which refrigerators are moved can lead to secret water damage that festers for ages before it is brought to light. A refrigerator’s water lines are typically made from a soft plastic that can easily fail, so checking for leaks behind and under the fridge as part of your annual home maintenance is wise.

Dishwasher
A dishwasher’s tubing is just as problematic as a refrigerator, but is even more isolated and utilizes far more water. Additionally, homeowner’s insurance often does not cover water damage caused by older models of dishwashers, so regular checks are extremely important to keep up with.

Washing Machine
Washing machine hoses are some of the most common sources of leaks. Because they are notorious for this, it is recommended that they are inspected at least once a month by homeowners so you can be sure no issues have arisen. In addition to these regular checks, they should be fully replaced every five years in order to prevent hidden deterioration.

Air Conditioner
The drain in your HVAC unit is designed to keep condensation from pooling in and around the unit, but if this drain malfunctions, water damage can quickly be caused. Reference your manufacturer’s manual to determine how often your unit should be inspected and serviced—having a professional technician evaluate your machine is the best defense against HVAC-created water damage.

Ice Dam Causing Havoc? | SERVPRO® of Wilson County

12/16/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Wilson County Ice Dam Diagram Diagram of how water can get trapped on your roof

As we are gearing up for colder weather here in Middle Tennessee, it is important to be aware of a phenomenon that wreaked havoc on this area in 2015. For the first time in recent history, the first episode of wide spread Ice Daming damaged hundreds of homes in Middle Tennessee.

An ice dam occurs when packed snow or ice melts at different speeds depending on the slopes of the roofs. As the water melts at faster rates and moves down the roof, areas with a backup of ice cause a puddle. While there may not be damage immediately, as it stays below freezing for multiple days it can cause serious damage.

Most of the time homeowners are unaware of the issue until water is coming into their home. If you do notice that water is coming in, follow these three steps:

  1. Remove wet materials near the affected area
  2. Place a fan to slow the leak
  3. Call a water restoration expert

If you follow these three steps, you will greatly increase the likelihood of mitigating your damages.

How to Prevent the Increasing Likelihood of a Winter Fire | SERVPRO® of Wilson County

12/6/2019 (Permalink)

snow covered Christmas tree branches Practicing prevention is the best way to reduce the chance of a fire, however if you do experience a loss contact SERVPRO of Wilson County.

Shorter days and cooler temperatures are not the only things that winter brings—it also provides an increased likelihood that a fire will occur in the home. Winter is always the peak time for fires in the home, mainly due to increased cooking, heating and decorating that can bring about hazards.

Reasons Behind an Increase in Winter Fires

An Increase in Cooking
Winter is a time for holiday meals, baking and festive dishes, but all of this extra cooking can also make a fire more likely to start. The No. 1 place for a fire to start is in the kitchen, which is true at any time of year, but applies especially during winter weather.

The Risk of Heaters
Unsafe heating practices in the home cause the second-highest amount of winter fires, due to space heaters without safety features and fireplaces or wood stoves without grates. If a heater tips over, a safety shut-off should kick in to prevent it from igniting the floor. For wood-burning apparatuses, a grate will keep sparks from traveling outside of the area and onto something flammable.

Candles and Decorations
Though candles and decorations bring forth good cheer around the holidays, they can also bring an increased chance that a fire will occur. Due to their open flame, candles are always risky—they should always be kept well away from other objects and used under supervision. For electronics, these are generally much safer as long as their wires are not worn or prone to overheating.

How to Prevent the Common Winter Fire

Knowing the commonality and causation behind winter fires is a great start to staying safe. Keeping the areas where individuals can practice extra safety in mind, as well as following the below tips will help you enjoy the season without worry:

  • Check smoke alarms once every 30 days and replace every 10 years.
  • Always monitor open flames.
  • Select space heaters with automatic shut-offs in case they tip over.
  • Utilize a screen every time you use a fireplace.
  • Draft and practice an emergency escape plan with your household.

Home Restoration You Can Count On | SERVPRO® of Wilson County

12/2/2019 (Permalink)

There is never a bad time to practice fire preparedness, but if you are worried your family is underprepared, now might be a good time to start. The Red Cross reports that home fires happen with the most frequency during wintertime, which is an indicator that homeowners should be on their guard.

Knowing what to do in case of a fire will give you valuable peace of mind. Make preparations for what you will do if a fire breaks out, such as deciding your escape routes with family members. It is also useful to know what you will do after the fact—specifically, what restoration company you will feel comfortable calling.

Why Proper Fire Restoration Matters

It is invaluable to be able to trust your fire restoration company, both to respond quickly and to do a quality job. With our 247 response line and highly skilled technicians, we can guarantee we will get there quickly and get your cleanup completed in an efficient manner. After a fire strikes, here are some of the services you can expect from us:

Structural Cleaning

Correctly repairing a home’s structure after a fire is essential, and it is something we take very seriously. By first performing testing to determine the true extent of the damage, we will then move in with our equipment and begin the restoration process. We handle reconstruction, soot removal and more on walls, doors and floors, and can even prepare surfaces for fresh paint.

Content Cleaning

What is inside your home matters just as much as what is supporting it, which is why we do content cleaning in addition to structural repairs. With wet and dry cleaning technologies, we can fully deodorize contents of your home, including electronics, upholstered furniture, kitchen wares and a variety of other objects.

Deodorization Services

Even after the structure and the contents of your home have been repaired, smoke and soot odors can linger. Not only can these be a nuisance, but exposure to them can lead to health issues down the road. That is why we make use of technology that can scrub the air of these harmful compounds, so you can breathe without worry in your home.

Four Steps for Storm Clean Up | SERVPRO® of Wilson County

11/11/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Water coming down from the ceiling above.

As we move through seasons of storms it is important to know what steps to take post storm. While there are plenty of things to know about how to protect yourself and your property post storm, we have complied the four most basic steps to follow.

The four most basic steps to follow after a storm:

  1. Make Safety Priority
  2. Document the damage sustained
  3. Tarp the roof or cover any openings into the house
  4. Seek help with Water Restoration

These four steps are simple, but could save you a lot of heartache as a homeowner. The most significant damage to homes post storm are caused by secondary damage, primarily due to not properly tarping or covering exposed portions of the house. By ensuring that those areas are covered you can drastically lower your chances of secondary damage.

For more information, reach out to your storm experts!

Home Restoration You Can Count On | SERVPRO® of Wilson County

11/6/2019 (Permalink)

black smoke coming out of windows from a burning house Home Restoration You Can Count On | SERVPRO® of Wilson County

There is never a bad time to practice fire preparedness, but if you are worried your family is underprepared, now might be a good time to start. The Red Cross reports that home fires happen with the most frequency during wintertime, which is an indicator that homeowners should be on their guard.

Knowing what to do in case of a fire will give you valuable peace of mind. Make preparations for what you will do if a fire breaks out, such as deciding your escape routes with family members. It is also useful to know what you will do after the fact—specifically, what restoration company you will feel comfortable calling.

Why Proper Fire Restoration Matters

It is invaluable to be able to trust your fire restoration company, both to respond quickly and to do a quality job. With our 247 response line and highly skilled technicians, we can guarantee we will get there quickly and get your cleanup completed in an efficient manner. After a fire strikes, here are some of the services you can expect from us:

Structural Cleaning

Correctly repairing a home’s structure after a fire is essential, and it is something we take very seriously. By first performing testing to determine the true extent of the damage, we will then move in with our equipment and begin the restoration process. We handle reconstruction, soot removal and more on walls, doors and floors, and can even prepare surfaces for fresh paint.

Content Cleaning

What is inside your home matters just as much as what is supporting it, which is why we do content cleaning in addition to structural repairs. With wet and dry cleaning technologies, we can fully deodorize contents of your home, including electronics, upholstered furniture, kitchen wares and a variety of other objects.

Deodorization Services

Even after the structure and the contents of your home have been repaired, smoke and soot odors can linger. Not only can these be a nuisance, but exposure to them can lead to health issues down the road. That is why we make use of technology that can scrub the air of these harmful compounds, so you can breathe without worry in your home.

If you’ve been affected by a fire, reach out to us right away! We are here 247 to help you recover.