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The SERVPRO Emergency Ready Profile

5/16/2016 (Permalink)

Building Services The SERVPRO Emergency Ready Profile This is a picture of our SERVPRO crew working in a building that we had an ERP on. It took our SERVPRO crew only two days to get this building dry.

 “Ready for Whatever Happens”

 The Best Way to Reduce Business Interruption Following a Disaster is to Plan for it NOW.

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.

The SERVPRO® Emergency Ready Profile® Advantage

  • 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 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 in active by having an immediate plan of action.

  • Established your local SERVPRO® Franchise Professional as your disaster mitigation and restoration provider.

    -You have a provider that is recognized as an industry leader and is close by.

  • Identification of the lind 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.”

    Courtney Cropper and Jacey Ingham are SERVPRO® of Beaumont and SERVPRO® of Orange/Nederland/Lumberton Emergency Ready Profile specialists. Call our office today to schedule your 15 minute appointment!

“Thanks to SERVPRO® our office only assumed partial water damage due to a busted pipe. Why? Because I was able to locate the shut-off valve straight from the Ready Plan app. My boss what out of reach and we didn’t panic. Thank you SERVPRO® for making us “Ready for whatever happens.” –Tracy T.

New Way to Spell Water Disaster

4/22/2016 (Permalink)

Storm Damage New Way to Spell Water Disaster Commercial flood loss SERVPRO of Orange/Nederland/Lumberton help get back in business.

Whether you live on the coast, near a lake, or riverside, the flood will find you.  And when it does, it can leave you with years' worth of damage, not to mention credit card bills and bankruptcy.

Various news stories of commercial and residential properties drowning in murky waters, or sitting empty a year later look abandoned and still reeking with "remnants of saturated insulation and mold hanging from the beams' as on homeowner described it... will inject fear into anyone's heart.

For that reason, the Federal EMergency Management Agency (FEMA) has published a guide stating which materials are best used in certain situations.

It's interstesting because even safe materials, when combined with unsafe products such as adhesives, become undesirable.  For example, vinyl tile is an acceptable surface but if it's applied over plywood it becomes unacceptable because there's no way for the plywood to dry after a flood.  Even oil-based paint can inhibit drying of a wooden wall.

That's when you call the professionals at SERVPRO of Orange/Nederland/Lumberton to make sure the situation is handled so there are no surprises and no adverse effects on the occupants' health or safety. 

SERVPRO Cleans Up the Mess after a Flood

FEMA says the following are not permitted in flood-prone areas:

  1. Nornal adhesives which are water soluble or not resistant to alkali or acid in water
  2. Materials containing wood or paper products, or other materials that lose structural integrity when exposed to water
  3. Sheet-type floor or wall covering (linoleum, rubber tile, wallpaper) that inhibit drying of the materials they cover
  4. Materials that are 'dimensionally unstable' of instance, a door jamb that swells and does not return to its original size
  5. Materials that retain excessive water after they've been submerged.

We have so much more to loss...

Homeowners tell us there is no greater devastation then seeing the house they've made a home destroyed by a quick moving flood.  The fact that the flood could have been caused by something as innocuous as a leaking pipe behind the washing machine makes the destruction seem even more senseless.

FEMA's classification was based on the fact that a home constructed with the vulnerable materials may harbor mold, other fungi or allergens; that materials may absorb checmicals and continue to exude them even after the house has been thoroughly dried. In addition, water frenders some materials more susceptible to rot.  These are just a few of the many after effects of a flood.

SERVPRO should be on speed dial

The SERVPRO of Orange/Nederland/Lumberton team has been trained to responed, swifly, and knowledgably.  There's a resaon why FEMA and the EPA recommend consulting with professionals in the wake of water damage.

Back in teh day (as they say), houses were made of straw, stone, or brick.  If they weren't blown down or burned up, they were abandoned by the time the children were grown.  Today, the American home is our castle.  It reflects our lives, interests, loves, travels, hopes, memories...and the most important people we share it with.

Let's hope you are not a victim of a home destroying event.  But if it happens, don't panic.  Keep our number handy: 409-729-2800.  We're here 24/7 to answer the call...and make your loss like "It Never Even Happened."

Acquisition of the SERVPRO of Beaumont

3/8/2016 (Permalink)

General Acquisition of the SERVPRO of Beaumont This is a photo of our facility and some of the fleet we use to help those who have had water or fire losses.

The SERVPRO of Orange/Nederland/Lumberton is happy to announce that they have acquired the SERVPRO of Beaumont.  The two companies will be ran out of the same building located in Beaumont, Texas.  The owners Bill Callahan and Lucas Bell have each over thirty five years of living in Southeast Texas and pride their business with excellent customer service.  The company is a fire and water clean up and restoration company that can do a turn key project with construction. 

Flooded Italian Restaurant

1/12/2016 (Permalink)

Water Damage Flooded Italian Restaurant This is the initial photograph that was taking by the SERVPRO of Orange/Nederland/Lumberton.

A water value in the back of the restaurant broke during the middle of the night.  When the employees of the restaurant showed up the next morning to open for business they found water all throughout the restaurant.  They immediately contacted their insurance company to file the claim.  The insurance agent who has a great trusting relationship with the SERVPRO of Orange/Nederland/Lumberton was referred in to take care of the water loss.  After three days of drying the restaurant was back open serving the awesome food it makes!