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What To Do Before Disaster Strikes?

9/23/2020 (Permalink)

September is both National Preparedness Month and also the height of the Atlantic hurricane season. Reminding everyone of the importance of having a plan in place when natural disasters occur. As the nation continues to combat the Coronavirus pandemic communities will need to revamp their strategy for keeping their residents while accommodating recommendations from your local health officials and the CDC.

Protecting yourself and your loved ones as a hurricane approaches can be exhausting. Stressing over the possibility of losing power to your home or if it’s flooded making it unlivable. All of those thoughts and the many more is why having a preparedness plan is critical. We’ve listed 4 core steps below, recommended by the Department of Homeland Security to assist you in developing a plan. 

Make A Plan 

Communicate with the members of your household on what you will do collectively in the event of a disaster before, during, and after to keep everyone safe. Inform loved ones outside of the household of your plans as well. 

Build A Kit

Roads may be closed and stores flooded, limiting your access to resources. Thinking of everyone in your house and their particular needs especially infants, the elderly, and pets gather together goods that will sustain the group for several days. 

Prepare For Disasters 

Evaluate your home or business for potential weak points where strong winds or flooding can cause damage. Check with your insurance provider on what is covered to ensure there are few surprises if you need to file a claim. 

Teach Youth About Disasters 

Start a conversation with your kids about preparing for natural disasters and how they can do their part to keep everyone safe. 

If your home or business is in need of our services whether for fire, water, or mold damage; perhaps even deep cleaning services, call the experts today – SERVPRO of Burlington, 336-229-1156. 

https://www.ready.gov/september 

https://www.epa.gov/natural-disasters/general-information-disasters 

Flooding Hazards Due To A Hurricane?

9/18/2020 (Permalink)

Flooding is a major concern for homeowners as hurricanes track toward they’re area dropping inches of rain in a matter of hours. Floodwaters can infiltrate your home causing damage to its interior including the basement and the first floor. Preventing this sort of damage which may also lead to mold is at top of mind for property owners as a tropical storm moves inland. Flooding can also have life-threatening ramifications as well presenting a hazard to yourself, your family, and your community. 

There are a number of hazards posed to individuals and the public when flooding occurs and fails to recede for a substantiation amount of time. Down power lines due to strong winds can fall into floodwaters endangering the public with the possibility of elocution if the wires are still live. Physical objects such as debris, road signage, and vehicles can become trapped in floodwaters as well which reinforces the need to avoid floodwaters at all possible until it recedes. 

Individuals who reside in rural areas and in some circumstances urban areas will also want to avoid floodwaters for health reasons. Human and livestock waste can be found in floodwaters diluting it. Various chemicals used in residences and industrial areas may also present a hazard to the public. It’s recommended to avoid floodwaters as much as possible to avoid coming into contact with contaminants to prevent risk to your health overall. 

If your home or business is in need of our services whether for fire, water, or mold damage; perhaps even deep cleaning services, call the experts today – SERVPRO of Burlington, (336) 229-1156.

https://www.ready.gov/september 

https://www.epa.gov/natural-disasters/general-information-disasters 

https://www.cdc.gov/disasters/floods/floodsafety.html 

https://www.epa.gov/natural-disasters/hurricanes 

Potential Causes of Basement Flooding From Storms

8/27/2020 (Permalink)

Many homeowners dream of having a basement that they can truly make into their own space. Whether it’s for added living space, a man cave, or even a basement apartment. Adding features to a basement requires a substantial amount of investment. Therefore it’s paramount you protect your investment and the additional equity it has contributed to your property. 

Hurricanes and rainstorms can cause significant damage to your home ruining the investment you’ve made. Flash flooding and torrential rainfall may make water cleanup a further ordeal you rather not encounter. There are several steps that you can take to minimize the likelihood of a basement flood which may lead to mold. 

  1. Building a rain garden may assist in preventing excess rain from coming into your basement. 
  2. Evaluate your basement and your entire home for any plumbing leaks.
  3. Review your basement windows to ensure they’re sealed correctly. 

Your SERVPRO of Burlington team is experienced in the area of water cleanup, mitigation, and remediation. We’ve partnered with hundreds of homeowners during their water damage situations to resolve them effectively. Our area has experienced above-average rainfall for the last three years making these circumstances quite frequent. 

The SERVPRO of Burlington team serves the communities of 

  • Graham, NC
  • Mebane, NC
  • Glen Raven, NC
  • Snow Camp, NC
  • Elon, NC
  • Gibsonville, NC

If your home or business is in need of our services whether for fire, water, or mold damage; perhaps even deep cleaning services, call the experts today – SERVPRO of Burlington, (336) 229-1156.

I Need A Mold Cleaning Company?

8/21/2020 (Permalink)

Preparing your home to be placed on the market can be an emotional occasion. For many, the feeling of selling their home includes a collection of memories that can never be replaced. Safeguarding each critical memory is vital for yourself. It’s also fundamental that you protect the investment you’ve made in the property. 

Selling your home quickly is key therefore any mishaps can delay that from happening including water damage to the property. If you’re not currently living in the property the possibility of damage going unnoticed may increase. Flooding is a real concern especially if you live near a river. Mold may also spread more rapidly if you’re not regularly checking in on your property. Frequently reviewing your investment property is a necessary part of preventing severe water damage. 

It’s essential you prevent water damage to your property, mitigate, and soon after begin remediating the damage done if it occurs. SERVPRO of Burlington partners with homeowners every year in mitigating and remediating damage done from hurricanes, storms, and flooding. Our experienced team understands the investment homeowners have made and take seriously the importance of completing the job effectively. 

The SERVPRO of Burlington team serves the communities of 

  • Graham, NC
  • Mebane, NC
  • Glen Raven, NC
  • Snow Camp, NC
  • Elon, NC 

If your home or business is in need of our services whether for fire, water, or mold damage; perhaps even deep cleaning services, call the experts today – SERVPRO of Burlington, 336-229-1156.

How To Brace Your Home For The Next Hurricane Part I?

8/11/2020 (Permalink)

June 1 began the official start to the hurricane season with two named storms Arthur and Bertha forming in the Atlantic. Hurricane Isaias developed in late July crawling up the east coast causing power outages and property damage in its wake. While the hurricane made a minimal impact on local residents, homeowners should prepare themselves for the next hurricane that may travel further inland. 

Inches of rain can fall within hours as a hurricane track’s inland. Flooding a home’s basement and weakening the sewage system essential to any family’s well-being. To protect your home’s basement it’s critical you thoroughly inspect the pipes and sewage lines to see if years of wear and tear have impacted their reliability. 

Floodwaters can also infiltrate your home’s basement through the windows. Ensuring that they’re properly sealed is a critical part of your hurricane preparation plans not only for the summer and fall season but year-round. Outside of the basement creating a landscape surrounding your home that diverts water away rather than towards may also help to limit the amount of floodwater. 

If your property does experience damage due to flooding from a storm or hurricane, please call us. We’re staffed with an emergency team of water mitigation experts ready to assist you. The SERVPRO of Burlington team has also traveled to the North Carolina Coast previously to support disaster cleanup. You’re in good hands when choosing us to lead your home recovery. 

SERVPRO of Burlington also serves the communities of 

  • Graham, NC 
  • Elon, NC 
  • Glen Raven, NC 
  • Mebane, NC 
  • Snow Camp, NC 

If your home or business is in need of our services whether for fire, water, or mold damage; perhaps even deep cleaning services, call the experts today – SERVPRO of Burlington, 336-229-1156.

Next Steps After Flood Damage To Your Business

7/31/2020 (Permalink)

Most conversations around protecting the workplace have been centered around coronavirus. Nevertheless being aware of and planning for all potential threats to the health and safety of your employees is important for their overall well-being. Flooding from a thunderstorm or even a hurricane can impair your business and stop operations for weeks if not months depending on your circumstances. 

If your business does experience flood damage these are the steps to take. 

  1. Wait for the all-clear from your local authorities before attempting to reach your business. 
  2. Once you arrive it’s vital you shut off the electricity to the building. 
  3. Take pictures of everything inside (office furniture, electronics, appliances, goods, etc.) even if it appears to have not been damaged. 
  4. Call your insurance provider to file a claim. 

Also, another bit of advice: Keep pricing records of expensive items such as computers and appliances to show your insurance company proof of value. 

If your home or business is in need of our services whether for fire, water, or mold damage; perhaps even deep cleaning services, call the experts today – SERVPRO of Burlington, (336) 229-1156.

Soot Cleanup After House Fire

7/30/2020 (Permalink)

Dealing with the after-effects of a home fire is difficult. From filing a claim with your insurance provider to figuring out where you’ll stay while cleanup, restoration, and repairs take place. All of those thoughts swirling through your head can easily weigh you down. In these sorts of situations hiring a professional fire cleanup crew is the best decision you can make.

Deciding how to clean your recovered items including those layered with soot is an important decision. Soot is a sticky substance that if left on curtains and furniture for too long may sink further into the fibers. Diminishing the likelihood of it being removed completely. 

Cleaning soot is a tedious process requiring rubber gloves, chemicals, tools, and hours of work to effectively remediate the soot. Chemicals and time most people don’t have especially during a hectic situation such as a home fire. 

Soot particles can cause health effects. 

If your home or business is in need of our services whether for fire, water, or mold damage; perhaps even deep cleaning services, call the experts today – SERVPRO of Burlington, (336) 229-1156.

SERVPRO Is Committed To Keeping Our Employees and Customers Safe

7/30/2020 (Permalink)

The SERVPRO of Burlington team is doing our part to protect the residents of Elon, Graham, Mebane, and the rest of Alamance County during the COVID-19 Pandemic. Through the North Carolina stay-at-home orders and into reopening we’ve continued to provide our essential services to the surrounding community. 

SERVPRO’s commitment to keeping our employees and customers safe is critical to all of us working together to defeat this virus. Our office staff is including in their screening questions; have you or anyone in your household recently tested positive or been exposed to someone who has tested positive for coronavirus? All in an effort to protect our employees and other customers from exposures to the disease. 

SERVPRO’s Production Technicians and Sales/Marketing Representatives are also adhering to CDC Guidelines and established protocol when meeting with customers out in the field. Each is required to wear a face-covering while onsite and disposable gloves. Their temperatures are also checked each morning daily before going to a customer’s home or place of business. 

If your home or business is in need of our services whether for fire, water, or mold damage; perhaps even deep cleaning services, call the experts today – SERVPRO of Burlington, (336) 229-1156.

COVID-19 Cleaning: Reopening Study

7/27/2020 (Permalink)

Business leaders across Alamance County have stepped up tremendously in the past few months to combat coronavirus. Adjusting to “The New Normal” has been difficult for everyone, however, the SERVPRO of Burlington team continues to have the opportunity to partner with businesses desiring to keep their customers and employees safe. 

Since March, our team has disinfected and sanitized businesses in Burlington. Graham, Mebane, and the surrounding area. In the midst of the pandemic, employers are asking if the proactive and reactive cleaning steps they’re undertaking are worth it. The simple answer is yes! It’s well worth the investment to go beyond the normal janitorial cleaning you’ve been accustomed to and hire a professional cleaning crew; such as SERVPRO to add a needed layer of protection to your space. 

SERVPRO’s corporate office has partnered with a highly regarded public relations firm that conducted a study two months ago concerning the public’s attitude to business safety protocols. Take a look at their findings below. 

  1. Consumers expect your business to be cleaner than their homes. (71% expect businesses to have higher cleanliness standards than respondents do in their own homes.)
  2. If you aren’t clean, your business will suffer great damage to its reputation. (76% say the way a business addresses cleanliness during COVID is a good indicator of how well that business is run in general.)
  3. This is the start of a new era for cleanliness and businesses. (73% say they are going to be more attuned to cleanliness once COVID is over.)
  4. Customer concerns about COVID are not going away any time soon. (68% are constantly thinking about avoiding COVID exposure when out in public.)
  5. All else being equal (product, price, service, convenience) customers trust businesses that are professionally cleaned over ones that self-clean. (64% are more likely to choose to shop at the store that has a decal stating the store has been professionally cleaned.)
  6. Surface cleaning remains a significant concern. (59% are worried about COVID exposure from touching surfaces that have not been sufficiently cleaned.)

https://www.SERVPROburlingtonnc.com/certified-SERVPRO-cleaned

If your home or business is in need of our services whether for fire, water, or mold damage; perhaps even deep cleaning services, call the experts today – SERVPRO of Burlington, (336) 229-1156.

Emergency Water Cleanup In Graham, NC

7/27/2020 (Permalink)

Your basements flooded after a heavy rainstorm or your toilet overflows after one too many flush attempts. In both emergency scenarios, a professional water cleanup crew must respond swiftly to mitigate the damage. SERVPRO of Burlington is equipped and ready to assist you with your water cleanup. Offering 24/7, 365 emergency services we understand the inconvenience of a water loss and are committed to helping you resume your normal life. 

From the moment you call our office, you’ll speak with one of our knowledgeable staff members who will guide you through the next steps in the process. Our staff members are experts in cleanup and restoration for water damage as well as the other essential services our team provides to the Graham community. 

SERVPRO Production Team is made up of a dedicated team that will arrive on the scene to begin the process of resolving your water loss. Each member of our production crew is trained in the best mitigation and remediation tactics for water losses that have happened in your basement, attic, bathroom, kitchen, etc. 

If your home or business requires our services whether for fire, water, or mold damage; perhaps even deep cleaning services, call the experts today – SERVPRO of Burlington, (336) 229-1156.