Storm Ready Kit
I feel as if we are always prepping for a storm - whether that is a hurricane, thunderstorm, or even the rare winter storm that passes through the southern part of Georgia. I put together some items that should always be in your house in a safe place. You should keep these in mind every 3 months to make sure nothing has expired or stopped working.
- Water- one gallon per person for at least three days.
- Food- at least a three day supply of non-perishable food.
- Battery powered or hand crank radio
- Extra batteries.
- Phone chargers.
- Road flares.
- Rain ponchos.
- Wet wipes.
- A whistle to signal for help.
When you get caught in a storm, damage to your home is likely. It could be from a limb on your tree or rain leaking through a window. If you see any damage to your home due to a storm, call us at (912) 764-9542 so we can help you through the mitigation process.
Prep your home for a Storm
When a storm is approaching your home, there are some steps you can take to minimize any potential damages from strong storms and potential flooding. If you know a heavy storm is coming and you have time, follow these steps.
- Make sure all your windows are shut and closed.
- Bring in or tie down any outside furniture.
- Make sure your gutters are clean to allow water to flow away from your home.
- Cut down any dead branches or limbs around your home.
- Seal any water leaks on your roof if possible.
Be prepared to lose power for any length of time. Strong storms can bring heavy winds which can cause power outages. Even a few hours of no power can be difficult to handle especially with young children. Go to our Storm Ready Kit blog to read about a kit to create to help with the loss of power.
April Showers can bring Homeowner Headache
Each new month brings a new season. As April approaches, we need to prepare for April showers. In an effort to ensure that the showers do not damage your home, it is important for you to act before the rain comes! Here are some things you can check to prevent damage to your home!
Check your roof. The shingles can be damaged or just worn down which can create a mess for a homeowner. Make sure you check around the chimney. This can be a place that can easily be damaged during a storm.
Check your foundation. A crack in the foundation can lead to water damaging the home. To prevent water damage, look around your house for puddles, leaks, moisture on the walls, and moisture around the windows.
Check the seals in your home. Around windows and doors, check the caulking which over time can become a major issue. If you are unsure whether it needs it, ask a professional to look at the seal to see whether it needs to be redone or not.
If this April you notice an issue in your home such as water in area where it does not belong, call SERVPRO of Statesboro at (912) 764-9542.
3 things to do while you wait for SERVPRO
When you realize there is water in your home, what should you do? First you want to stop the water source. If you are unable to do this, immediately call a plumber. You should also call your insurance company so they can lead you through the steps. We have below 3 of the most important tasks you should do while you wait for SERVPRO of Statesboro to reach your house.
Most importantly your SAFETY. You should make sure you are safe first. That could mean leaving the house completely (even with the water continuing to flow) if it involves an electrical issue. If the water is high enough where you cannot see the floor, it would be a good idea to leave that area. You may not be aware of some dangerous circumstances that are under the water.
Documentation, documentation, documentation. To help your insurance company and to have your peace of mind, document every damage you can. Make sure you can see the time and date of each picture. If you think you are taking too many pictures, odds are you should keep documenting. If you have furniture or appliances that were affected, take pictures of the serial number if you can find it. A good idea is to also walk through each affected (and not affected) areas and video. This will ensure you are catching everything.
Remove any item in harms way. You may be able to start the first step of the cleanup process. If it is safe to do so, remove waterlogged items from the flooded area. The more you can move out, the higher chance the items can be restored.
If you are over your head with a water loss, our IICRC certified technicians will be on site to help with your loss.
Fire in your office? Are you ready?
We all tend to focus on the safety of our families. Typically, we begin to talk to our children about fire safety when they are very young. What do they need to do if a fire happens? How do they escape if a parent cannot get to them? Where do they wait outside for an adult or firefighter? These are some of the questions we tend to always know the answer too. But what about at work? Here are a few tips about ensuring your employees are always safe!
Emergency Ready Plan. During your Monday morning meeting go through the company's emergency plan and procedures. Ensure each team member knows the best exit from each part of the building. Don't forget to do this walking a New Hire through the building. Show each team member where every fire alarm is, and how each work to notify the whole building of a fire. The team should also know where each and every fire extinguisher is in the building.
Fire Drills are not only for school systems but also work environments! Set aside time to have a fire drill. This will ensure that each team members knows how to escape and where to meet outside in case of a fire.
These are just small things to do in your place of business to keep your employees safe! If you have a fire break out in your office, do you have your own Emergency Ready Plan for your building? Call SERVPRO of Statesboro at (912) 764-9542 so we can get you started with our free ERP!
Surviving a Tornado
This past weekend, multiple tornadoes flew across the southern/coastal part of Alabama and Georgia. Leaving homes destroyed and losing loved ones. How should one prepare for such a dangerous situation?
First, you should know the difference in a tornado watch and a tornado warning. Tornado watch means that the conditions are perfect for a tornado to form. Tornado warning means that one has been spotted, and you should take cover fast.
Secondly, everyone should get to a safe location. This safe location should be on the lowest area of the house or building and free of any windows. If you do not have a room without any windows, get in the tub and put a mattress over you.
Thirdly, if you are outside and cannot get to a building, get to a ditch and lay as flat as possible. If you have a cushion or blanket (anything soft to hold over you) of some sort, try keeping that above you to protect you from flying debris. You should NEVER seek shelter under a bridge as this can be one of the most dangerous places to be during a tornado. The bridge can create a more dangerous tunnel of wind.
TIP: If you are in a mobile home, find a secure storm shelter or building to wait out the storm in.
Finally, you should wait as long as possible after you no longer hear the wind noises before you move away from your safe space. You cannot fully know how safe the area is so be extra cautious while leaving your safe are.
If you find yourself looking at a pile of debris that was once your home, call SERVPRO of Statesboro to help after a storm.
Fire Safety Tips
The vast majority of which are home fires. The most common kitchen fire is from leaving something unattended. Depending on the materials in the kitchen, you could have only minutes to escape the danger.
Here are some fire safety tips:
- Install Smoke Alarms on every level of your home, inside bedrooms, and outside sleeping areas.
- Test Smoke Alarms every month.
- If you have children, talk with every family member about how to escape from their room. Have a safe place outside such as a tree in the yard, neighbor, or mailbox. Each member should go there immediately for parents to know that everyone made it out safely.
- If a Fire occurs in your home, GET OUT, STAY OUT and CALL FOR HELP.
SERVPRO of Statesboro has IICRC certified technicians on our team to help you through the aftermath of a fire.
Prep for a Hurricane
As the weather begins to improve, hurricane season always sneaks up on our area. SERVPRO of Statesboro is part of the Disaster Response Team with SERVPRO. We know how difficult it can be when a storm hits. Because of this, we always want to have the best and most current tips on hurricane preparedness. Here are a few hurricane preparation tips for homeowners.
1. When a storm is approaching, always keep your eye close on the weather channel. As we have seen the past few years, the hurricane can change its path constantly.
2. If a hurricane is coming your way, go through your belongings and find the important paperwork for your house and vehicles to keep with you in the event of an evacuation.
3. If you experience back water flooding it is important to remember the water is contaminated. Make sure to decontaminate any items that may have come in contact with the water.
4. Do not drive in rising water. Wait until water recedes to go into your home.
5. Take pictures, plenty of pictures. It is important to remember to include time stamps to show insurance companies when image was taken.
If a hurricane damages your home, we will be there to help with the aftermath. If you have any questions or concerns about hurricane damage, please call our office at (912) 764-9542.
When seconds matter
We offer a fast response 7 days a week, 365 days a year, and are available to take your call anytime. Water damage does not wait for Monday at 10:00 AM to happen. We realize that you want to get your life back to normal as soon as possible after a water loss. All our restoration methods meet industry standards, and our technicians are trained to IICRC standards. We have the technology and equipment that help our team ensure your house is back "Like it never even happened." We offer all our customers comprehensive water mitigation services, and we have a long history of working with insurance companies, so your claims are processed as quickly as possible.
No matter what caused your water damage problem, it is imperative that you have a fast response in calling us and that we move quickly and efficiently in making repairs. In just minutes, water can spread to other areas of your home. After a few hours, floors can become unrepairable. After only a few days, water can create severe complications and secondary damage such as microbial growth.
Immediately after the loss, you can do a few things before we get there. The removal of wet items that are not permanently there will help tremendously such as rugs, curtains, and more. If you have furniture in the area where the loss has occurred, move the furniture or place waterproof material under each leg to help avoid more or any damage to the legs of furniture. When you call our office, our technician or crew chief may go over a few more steps to ensure your property can be repaired while we are en route to your house.
At SERVPRO of Statesboro, we understand how crucial it is to move fast after water damage has occurred. Call us as soon as you can after the loss at (912) 764-9542.
Our new owners, Frank Harris (left) and Carl Perazzola (right)
SERVPRO of Statesboro is excited to announce that we have new owners, Frank Harris and Carl Perazzola. Frank and Carl became a part of the SERVPRO franchise 5 years ago when they decided to purchase SERVPRO of Bryan, Effingham, McIntosh & East Liberty Counties. Since then they have grown that territory tremendously.
About a year ago, they wanted to continue to grow the company so they began to look at the possibilities. They landed on purchasing SERVPRO of Statesboro.
Frank and Carl feel very fortunate to grow into the surrounding territory. SERVPRO of Statesboro and SERVPRO of Bryan, Effingham, McIntosh & East Liberty Counties are looking forward to working together to tackle both territories. So if you see some more green vehicles in the area, you know why! We have doubled our team in both areas to tackle on the work load. We are very excited to start 2019 as a joint team.