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Simple Management of Insurance Claims | SERVPRO of Dublin/Vidalia/Claxton

4/15/2024 (Permalink)

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There are so many things that will go through your mind after a disaster strikes. The safety of your friends and family is likely the first thing you will think about—followed by concerns of how much damage may have been done to your home.

As you begin to put the pieces of everything that has happened together, filing an insurance claim may not fit into your puzzle for a while. Safety will always be the first thing on everyone’s mind, but the faster you can start the recovery process, the easier getting back to normal life will be.

That is one of the reasons that our team is ready to respond around the clock. We will make the road to recovery smooth, tackling every bump along the way. That includes working directly with your insurance company, so that you can take care of your loved ones.

Start Fast, Document Often

In every kind of disaster, timing matters. The faster you can start thinking through recovery and restoration, the less damage will add up over time. Safety should always be your No. 1 priority, though—if you have sheltered in place or evacuated, don’t head out until an all-clear has been given. When you do start to assess the damage, stay out of floodwaters, away from power lines that have fallen and as far from fire damage as you can.

Check in with loved ones and neighbors first to ensure immediate help isn’t required. If you can safely do so, clear the roads so that emergency vehicles can navigate easily. As soon as you know everyone is OK, call us at SERVPRO® so that we can get your restoration underway. We will take a lot of information over the phone so that we can get a team on the road with the equipment and manpower needed.

The more you can document what has happened to your property, the better. Take photos of everything. While it is best to wait on our professionals before any recovery is started, if there is something you can correct to prevent more damage, do so.

Shut off actively flowing water or pull the big limbs from your driveway—just make sure you make a note of what happened and how you fixed it. The more documentation you have, the easier your insurance claim process will be.

Leave It to Our Team

When our team makes it to your property, sealing things up so that other damage can’t strike will be our first priority. While we make sure your roof is covered and broken windows are handled, we will also begin documenting everything that will be required in order to make your home as good as new. Our professionals have had extensive training on everything that is required by insurance for a fast and easy claim process.

While we work, we will build an itemized list of all your losses, and add more photos to anything you took immediately after the disaster. All of the work that our crew does will meet insurance inspection standards, and we will repair everything we possibly can so that you have less to replace later. With every restoration project we do, it is our goal to keep your costs low and the insurance process simple.

Put your recovery into the hands of our team, and we will get your life put back together quickly. While we work with you, we will make sure your insurance claim process is easy and your total losses are low. Since we are experienced in so many different areas of disaster recovery and cleanup, it only takes a single call to get everything back to normal.

When a disaster strikes, call us to make your recovery process—insurance claims and all—simple.

The Basics of Flood Damage Prevention | SERVPRO of Dublin/Vidalia/Claxton

4/1/2024 (Permalink)

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The basics are always the best place to start when it comes to doing something well. If you have ever helped your kids with math, you know that without the basics, things can get really challenging.

Taking things back to the basics is a good way to protect your home from disasters, too. A little basic care and maintenance for your home will keep things safe when threats head your way. We might not be able to control Mother Nature and all the fury she can bring, but when we are prepared, the damage will be considerably less.

Water is one of the top ways that homes are damaged around the nation. That makes going back to the basics of water damage prevention crucial for keeping your home safe.

Know Your Zone

There are a number of ways that flooding can start. Manmade disasters that happen inside your home can be surprising and deal out quite a bit of damage, but they are often easier to find and fix than a natural disaster.

Flooding can be common in our community. The Oconee River seems to enjoy overflowing after heavy rains, especially during the spring and summer. That leaves pretty much all of us susceptible to flash floods, river floods or even roof leaks.

Getting to know your flood zone is a great, basic place to start when it comes to preparing for a potential disaster. When you understand your particular risks, you will know just how much you need to do to stay safe.

Whether your home is in a flood zone or not, it is important to note how your yard fares when heavy rains set in. If a storm leaves your yard full of puddles, adding extra drainage or lengthening your gutter downspouts can help pull water away from potentially entering your home.

For a yard that has a lot of trees, adding gutter covers can protect your roof from potential water ponding due to blockages. You will also want to check your roof after high wind blows through to keep it clear of limbs and other debris. The more you can do to keep water steadily moving away from your house, the better.

Prepare to Prevent

Once you get familiar with your area, there are a few other ways you can protect your home from potential flooding. Yard work can go a long way in keeping water out even in the heaviest rain or as the river starts to rise.

Take a look at the sloping in your yard. There should be enough of a slope to keep water moving away, but you want to ensure there isn’t a spot where water can pond. If you have a location around your home that often gets muddy, a rain garden or other organic material can pull water down into the ground and help prevent potential issues. Underground downspouts on your gutters can keep water out of your yard altogether by dumping it directly off of your property.

Inside, take notice of the seals around your windows and doors. Re-caulk any areas that have begun to deteriorate in order to keep things tight and dry. If you have a basement, have it professionally resealed any time you find cracks or gaps. A sump pump in the basement can also help keep things dry.

Go back to the basics in your home in order to do everything you can to prevent potential flood damage. Keep your yard in good shape, and maintain the inside of your home regularly. It will be much easier than teaching your kids math—we promise!

Do you have water damage in your home? Contact us at SERVPRO® for fast recovery.

What to Do About Sewage Leaks | SERVPRO of Dublin/Vidalia/Claxton

3/15/2024 (Permalink)

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There are few things worse than having to deal with a sewage leak in your home or office building. They may not be the most destructive disaster that can happen, but they are considerably difficult due to the sheer fact that you are dealing with a gross situation.

Sewage leaks are actually pretty common, though, and they can happen anywhere to anyone. When you know how to quickly respond, you can keep everyone safe and get the issue taken care of fast.

What to Do First

When wastewater cannot move through your pipes cleanly, it starts backing up into your sinks, showers and tubs. This is commonly caused by a block or clog somewhere in the lines, but it can also be due to damage done to a pipe or water line.

Regardless of how the sewage starts to leak into your home, it’s crucial that you stay away from it. When water leaks into your home or commercial property, there are three kinds of water it can be: white water, gray water or black water. White water and gray water are considered mostly safe, but black water is toxic. Sewage leaks fall into the black water category because they stem from a biohazard material and can contain dangerous microbes, viruses and bacteria.

Find the water shut-off valve to your home and cut the water supply to help stop the leak. Block the area off to keep kids or pets away, and open as many windows as you can to help with the fumes. Call our office right away to get your restoration process started.

Where SERVPRO® Comes In

Our restoration team is trained to handle dangerous, biohazard situations quickly and safely. From the moment you call us, we will start gathering information about your unique situation in order to have the proper safety equipment and tools ready to head to your property.

Once our team is on the way, spend some time getting pictures of the area. This might not be the most fun thing you have ever photographed, but the more images you can get, the easier it will be to process your insurance claim.

When our team gets to your property, they will start removing the sewage and water while they also investigate the cause of the leak in order to correct it. Remember that sewage water is toxic, so let our crew handle everything while you and your family stay away.

Our cleaning process will include completely drying and sanitizing the whole area around the leak and addressing any odors. We want to make sure your property is not just safe, but free of any lingering smells as well. Our team will also repair any physical damage done in order to put your home or office back to exactly as it should be.

No one wants to deal with a stinky, messy, sewage leak, but that doesn’t mean it won’t ever happen. If it does, stay out and call us to ensure everything is handled safely and quickly. We’ve got it covered!

Sewage leaks should always be cleaned up by professionals. Call SERVPRO and we will take care of you.

It’s Time for Spring Storms | SERVPRO of Dublin/Vidalia/Claxton

3/1/2024 (Permalink)

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The spring season is finally here, which in our Georgia home means cold mornings and warm afternoons. It can also mean lots of rain, thunderstorms and even the occasional tornado.

As spring pushes forward toward summer and temperatures consistently get warmer, storms will undoubtedly get stronger. Although we are mostly landlocked in our counties, even leftover hurricane and tropical storm systems can’t be ruled out toward the end of spring. That makes it crucial for everyone to be prepared and to have a way to receive weather alerts quickly.

The Power of the Internet

None of us are ever very far from our phones or some other kind of screen during the day (and often at night), so this is an easy place to start when it comes to getting weather alerts. You likely already receive Wireless Emergency Alerts on your phone, but consider adding an app or two that can provide additional weather alerts as well.

When you look at apps to add to your phone, make sure you are using a reliable source. Skip apps that are looking for you to engage and instead go with information-based and nationally backed organizations. Be sure to sign up for local alerts as well. Civic Ready Alerts will give you the most up-to-date information about a variety of disasters.

Make sure to also tune into a local news station as a storm or other event nears our area as well. This will ensure you are not only getting the most information as quickly as possible, but also will keep you informed about evacuation orders and shelters opening.

Non-Electronic Options

While we may not spend a whole lot of time away from our cell phones, eventually they will run out of battery. That is why it is important to have another way to receive weather alerts that does not require external power. Even if you have an external battery charger, long-term power outages can still leave you without any charged electronics.

If there are weather sirens in your area, check to see if you are close enough to hear them during an event. Get used to what they sound like, and learn what the different alerts mean. A weather radio is another great investment to add to your emergency kit in order to get real-time updates on anything that comes your way.

NOAA weather radios do not require electricity. Many of them are hand-crank or solar-powered, and some of them can even charge your other electronics. These are also portable, which means you can take it to a safe space when you need to go to one. It also means it can stay by your side should you have to evacuate altogether so that you are staying in constant contact with local news.

Even when you are completely prepared, a disaster can still strike and leave your property dealing with damage. That is why we are available day or night. No matter what happens, we can start your recovery the moment you call us. We make it our goal to get you back on your feet in no time.

Serious storms can cause serious property damage. Call SERVPRO® 247 for immediate restoration assistance.

When Your Business Suffers a Disaster | SERVPRO of Dublin/Vidalia/Claxton

2/15/2024 (Permalink)

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Disasters can be all consuming. In a moment, your home, office or entire community can be affected, leaving you and others wondering what to do next.

Putting things back together at home is crucial, but for a small business owner, getting your operations up and running again can be just as critical. By learning how to get prepared ahead of a disaster and having a total restoration team like ours at SERVPRO of Dublin/Vidalia/Claxton right around the corner, you can get life and business back to normal fast.

Prepare Ahead of Time

In order to recover quickly after a disaster strikes, you need to plan ahead. With a well-practiced emergency plan, your team can jump into action the moment you say go in order to prepare ahead of a storm, flood or fire. A solid plan should include steps to take before, during and after a disaster in order to keep work flowing no matter what happens.

Good communication is one of the most important parts of your disaster plans. Going over emergency procedures should not only be a part of new employee training, but it should also be something you visit often with your entire team to ensure everyone remembers each step to take.

Regularly host walk-throughs of your building to remind your crew where water shut-offs are and what the fastest escape routes are. Make sure everyone knows where fire extinguishers are located, and how to operate them. It may be ideal to assign staff members tasks in the event of an emergency, like securing outdoor items ahead of a storm or shutting off water during an internal flood event, in order to protect different areas of your building.

After a disaster threat is over, it is important for your employees to know how work will start back. If they are expected to work remotely, make sure they know how to access secure sites and have the proper equipment. If an alternate location is going to be used, everyone should know where and when to report there.

The more forms of communication you can use, the better, as some networks could be down long-term after a disaster strikes. Staying in constant contact with your staff will ensure a seamless transition back to work, as well as regular updates on everyone’s safety.

Recover Quickly

When you have planned ahead of time, you can rest a little easier knowing that recovery has begun even before the disaster is over. As soon as it is safe to do so, contact our SERVPRO® team so that we can head to your property and begin restoration.

As our crew starts the work on your physical location, let your customers know how you plan to move forward. Just like with your staff, it is crucial to get your message out across multiple platforms in order to ensure everyone is on the same page.

Communicate anticipated reopening dates, and keep customers posted on the process of restoration. The more engaged you stay with your consumers, the more likely they are to continue patronizing your business.

Maintaining an open mind throughout your recovery might be the best way to successfully get through it. Disaster recovery is a multilayered process, and you need to be willing to be flexible in how you operate your business. Take a step back and accept that this is your normal for the moment—it will help you continue to move forward and get back to the way things should be.

Create a plan, practice it often and be flexible in order to get through a disaster. With solid communication between your team, your customers and our disaster recovery professionals, you will be back to work fast.

Has your business experienced a disaster, or do you want help building an emergency plan? Contact us to find everything you need.

Multiple Forms of Damage Handled by One Team | SERVPRO® of Dublin/Vidalia/Claxton

2/1/2024 (Permalink)

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Have you ever felt like one disastrous event always leads to another? Even something small seems to lead to more and more issues—something as simple as a windshield wiper breaking can have you suddenly replacing the entire engine in your car.

The idea of “when it rains, it pours” isn’t a new one, and unfortunately, it is an idea that holds particularly true when it comes to a disaster. Mother Nature can deal a particularly damaging blow or an appliance leak can leave your home damaged, all while one kind of damage quickly adds up to another.

That simple cliché is the very reason why having a total restoration company like SERVPRO® right in your backyard is important. All it takes is a single phone call to get every kind of damage handled quickly in your home.

The Impact of Disasters

Disasters can take an enormous toll on your home or even your whole community. While sometimes you are able to prepare ahead of a storm, things can still become unpredictable and more destructive than anyone thought possible. A manmade problem happening in your home can also be destructive, especially as they can happen so suddenly.

When a storm moves into town with heavy rains, flooding can start and leave everything wet, which will later lead to intensive mold growth. High winds can happen with or without storms, and they can knock out power or cause damage to your roof. Fires lead to soot damage in rooms that never saw flames, widespread water damage from the effort to put the fire out and lingering odors that can be hard to get rid of.

The longer damage is allowed to sit, the more it will cause, too.

The physical toll of a disaster isn’t the only damage you will need to consider either. The mental toll can also be incredibly great. Getting your life put back together as fast as possible is crucial, which is why you need a team that can handle anything you face.

A Single Team, Total Restoration

When a disaster strikes, timing matters. Since disasters don’t happen when it is convenient, you need a team that is available no matter what time of day it is. SERVPRO is ready to take your call 247, 365 days a year. With one call, we will start your restoration. As we take your information over the phone, we will also put together a team and the tools to start recovery quickly.

At SERVPRO, our professional experts are trained in a wide variety of disaster recovery. Our team is certified and experienced—but we are also local. That means we have seen the natural and manmade disasters that have happened right here at home, and we have cleaned up after them all. We know and understand the homes and offices in our community, and we love living in this area as much as you do.

If you experience roof damage during a storm, we can respond around the clock to get it tarped and covered in order to keep the rest of the elements out. When a flood leaves standing water in your home, we will start drying things out immediately while we assess the rest of your home and dry out as much of your belongings as possible.

Our crew can even rebuild complete sections of your home when the damage is too great to repair. The goal of our team is to get your life back to normal as fast as possible. Whatever it takes to meet that goal, we’ve got you covered.

Approaching your project in order to completely restore things means that we won’t walk away until you are satisfied. If things don’t feel like they should or even smell like they should after a fire left things burned or mold tried to take over, we will keep working until you feel completely at home.

SERVPRO is the only call you will have to make, no matter the size of your disaster. Our highly trained staff that is available the moment you need them with industry-leading equipment will handle everything from start to finish when the pouring rain settles into your life. You will be dancing in the sunshine before you know it.

Have you experienced a disaster and need restorations? Make one call to our office to start recovery fast.

Winter Fire Safety Basics | SERVPRO of Dublin/Vidalia/Claxton

1/16/2024 (Permalink)

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Cozy season has fully set in around Georgia, which means comfy clothes, fluffy blankets and crackling fires in the fireplace. While enjoying the warmth of a fire or a toasty room warmed by the space heater is one of the joys of winter, it also leaves your home vulnerable to house fires.

House fires are always more common in the winter, and many of them start because of an accident that could have been prevented. With a few simple steps, you can keep your home safe and enjoy every minute of those fuzzy socks.

Addressing Your Fireplace

Winter storms in our area may be few, but when they do roll in, power outages can be common. That makes having a fireplace a great way to stay warm no matter what happens. Fireplaces come with their own risks, though, especially when they are used improperly.

Wood-burning fireplaces should be cleaned of ash and debris after each fire, and your chimney should be cleaned and inspected by a professional once a year regardless of the heat source.

You shouldn’t burn anything in your fireplace other than the appropriate fuel source. Make sure you keep flammable materials away as well, which also means skipping items that hang from a mantle. Make sure you have smoke detectors either in the room with the fireplace or right outside of it. If you have a gas fireplace, you should also have a carbon monoxide detector. Dust around your fireplace often, and keep a fire extinguisher nearby.

Space Heater Safety

With weather that can go from winter to summer and back again all in the course of the day, space heaters are a great way to warm up a room instead of the whole house. Space heaters are responsible for nearly 1,700 house fires every year, making them a risky convenience.

Only run space heaters on solid, level ground with a three-feet open area all around them. Check the cord before you plug it in to make sure it is free of breaks or fraying, and always plug your space heater directly into the wall.

Don’t place your space heater near your couch, curtains or any other flammable material. Teach the kids, both human and animal, to stay away from space heaters when they are plugged in. Running your space heater overnight isn’t a good idea either—stick some extra blankets on your bed instead.

Suggested Safety Features for Your Space Heater

While most space heaters on the market today are going to come with safety features, there are a few in particular you want to ensure anything you run in your home has. If your current space heaters are more than five years old, it’s time for an upgrade to keep things safe.

Do some research on the manufacturer of the heater to ensure they are both reliable and certified. Heaters should undergo some pretty solid testing before they make it into the hands of the consumer. Only purchase space heaters that have automatic shutoff features. They should shut off when they are bumped or tipped and after a set amount of run time.

The cord on your space heater should be at least six feet long and made from sturdy materials. Space heaters should never be plugged into an extension cord, so make sure what you are buying has a long enough cord for your needs.

Never leave a space heater or operating fireplace unattended. This way you can keep things safe and cozy all season. If an accident does happen in your home, call SERVPRO of Dublin/Vidalia/Claxton right away. We will get soot, smoke or any other damage handled quickly.

A quick fire damage restoration is just a phone call away. Call SERVPRO® for immediate assistance.

Spots in Your Home That Moisture Can Hide | SERVPRO of Dublin/Vidalia/Claxton

1/2/2024 (Permalink)

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We rely on a lot of water in our daily lives. How many loads of laundry have you done today, and how many times have you washed dishes? Whether it is running in one of our appliances inside or hosing down the dog outside, being able to quickly access and use water any time we want is a blessing.

A blessing…until there is too much of it in all the wrong places. Whether Mother Nature has left our homes wet after a heavy rain or a crack in a pipe leads to a flood inside our homes, water can cause utter chaos when things get out of control.

Fortunately, you can take some steps around your home to keep things dry and safe and ensure water stays where it is supposed. Learning the most common spots where water can hide out is the best way to prevent potential damage.

Under Your Sinks

Sinks are one of the biggest spots where hidden leaks happen. With so many different water lines, connection points and what is probably too many cleaning products stored under them, you need to get in the habit of checking under your sinks at least once a week in order to stay ahead of problems.

Feel water lines for moisture, and make sure all the connections are tight. Check the seals to ensure they are fully intact, and replace anything that is showing signs of aging. Leaks under the sink can run into cabinets and under the floor even if the hole is the size of a pinhead. Catch problems fast to avoid costly repairs.

Beneath Appliances

Appliances can be another problem area when it comes to water leaks that are hard to find. As long as they appear to be functioning correctly, we likely don’t think about how much water passes in and out of them on a regular basis. Dishwashers, water heaters, refrigerators and washing machines are all susceptible to leaks.

Pull your large appliances away from the wall every few months, and give the wall and floor around them a good cleaning. Look for mold growth, puddles or soft spots in the floor that are indicators of a leak. Feel along water lines you can reach. The faster you are able to identify a problem, the less damage you will have.

Behind Your Walls or Floors

One of the dangers of hidden leaks is that they can seep into any tiny crack or opening, and they often lead to water damage behind your walls or under your floors. Even when you locate a leak and correct it, you could still have moisture that crept into the wrong places.

Don’t ignore musty odors, especially if you have recently located a leak inside your house. A new squeak in your floorboards near appliances or sinks is another indicator that something is wrong.

Around Your Windows and Doors

Have you ever woken up and found your windows all fogged up? Condensation on your windowpanes is common when the weather fluctuates in temperature, but it can also lead to water damage. When condensation lingers, it can work its way into cracks or openings and cause damage to the structure of your home.

Run your hands along window panes and ledges. Check the seal on your doors as well to see if there is moisture there when it shouldn’t be wet. Seals wear out over time, so make sure you are checking them regularly. The change of the seasons is a great time to ensure your home is well-sealed.

If you do find water damage in your home, the best thing you can do is stay calm and call us at SERVPRO®. We can take your call the moment you need us, and we always have a crew ready to start your restoration right away. It doesn’t matter if you are dealing with a flooded basement or damage left behind from a drippy faucet. We’ve got you covered.

Don’t ignore signs of water damage! Call SERVPRO for a quick restoration.

Being Local Will Always Make the Difference | SERVPRO of Dublin/Vidalia/Claxton

12/15/2023 (Permalink)

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Imagining what life might look like after a disaster is not something that any of us want to do. Thinking about it happening anywhere is challenging, but considering our own homes being left with damage can be completely overwhelming.

You can prepare your home, but even with some preparations, you may experience losses when a natural disaster strikes. Something happening inside your home, like a plumbing failure, can also catch you completely off-guard and leave you dealing with a huge mess.

It doesn’t really matter what happens or how it happens, the faster you are able to respond, the sooner you can start getting your life back to normal. That is why having a reliable restoration service in your own neighborhood will always make a difference.

Making the Right Choice

Dealing with damage to your home after a disaster can be more than any of us want to handle. Trying to make decisions while you look at what is left of your home and you are full of emotions can be incredibly hard to do. The good news is that with one phone call you can start down the road to recovery.

Time matters when it comes disaster recovery, which is why it is so important to choose the right restoration service. You need a company that comes with years of experience, has trained and certified professionals and is available the moment you need them.

SERVPRO® checks the boxes on all of those and is a locally owned and operated business. Being local means we not only understand the importance of our community as your neighbors, but we have also seen exactly what our weather can do.

Our professional crew has experienced the toll, both physical and emotional, that disasters can have firsthand—and we have handled the restoration of all of them. Living in this community means that we aren’t just trying to get the work down, we are trying to put our home back together.

A History of Experience

Working with someone that knows your town well is a big comfort after disaster strikes, but SERVPRO is backed by a national brand. As soon as it is needed, we can call on extra help in order to handle any disaster, no matter how big or small.

We have been working in the restoration industry since 1967. Our growth started pretty much right away and has continued ever since. Today there are more than 2,000 locations around the nation all in our network, including our SERVPRO, located right here in Dublin.

When SERVPRO is your choice for restoration services, you get highly trained professionals who maintain certifications in a wide range of disaster recovery efforts. Our team has everything you need—we are truly a complete package.

With a highly trained crew, we can handle every single step of your recovery, from tarping your roof to rebuilding a section of your house. Our team comes with industry-leading equipment, the latest technologies and more recent recovery techniques. We do everything we can to be able to handle your disaster professionally and quickly.

SERVPRO understands the community and comes with a long history of experience in recovery. We’ve got all of your needs completely covered—after any disaster.

Want to learn more about everything we can do for you? Contact us to be prepared for anything.

What to Do About Standing Water in Your Business | SERVPRO of Dublin/Vidalia/Claxton

12/1/2023 (Permalink)

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Ever walked into work ready to conquer the day, only to immediately notice a musty odor in the air? As you flip on the lights you can’t help but wonder if there is a leak causing damage somewhere in the building—not exactly how you wanted to start your day.

While this scenario is bad enough, imagine stepping through the doors of your commercial building only to find your foot fully immersed in water. Now you are in an actual nightmare situation.

Regardless of where it is coming from, standing water in your business will require fast action to prevent extensive damage. Learn how to handle things when water tries to take over so that you can get back to work.

One Step at a Time

Even when a flood is predicted and you are able to prepare as much as possible, finding water in your business can be incredibly overwhelming. In order to get things handled quickly, first take a deep breath.

All you have to do is take things one step at a time, and things will be cleaned up and back to normal before you know it.

1. Safety first. As with any disaster, make sure your first priority is safety. Find a dry place to assess the situation, and then call SERVPRO®. We will start taking your information over the phone while we put together a team to head to your property. While you wait, take some photos of the flooding.

2. Keep things controlled. The best way to avoid major disasters is by taking fast action. If you can, identify the source of the flood. Shut off water sources that are still flowing. If the source is an internal one but you cannot find the exact spot, use the main water valve to cut water to the whole building.

3. Dry things out. Floodwaters can quickly become contaminated, even when they originate from a clean source. The more you can stay out of the water, the safer you will be. If you can safely do so, open windows around the flooded area and remove anything in the path of the water to start the drying process.

Work With the Pros

When our crew of professionals get there, removing the water will take top priority. While we start clearing out the standing water, we will also complete a total assessment of everything your business will need in order to be fully restored. We work directly with your insurance agency as well. It is our goal to make your process as simple as possible.

As your recovery process progresses, you can turn your focus on getting your business up and running again. If the flooding was isolated to a small area and our experts determine you can safely do so, you may be able to open other areas of your building in order to keep working. We will close off the section that needs restoring and keep things as out of view of clients as possible.

While you handle your team, our team will make sure everything is getting completely dry. It is our goal to save as many of your belongings as possible so you have less to replace. We will make sure you understand every single step we take, and you will always be a part of the decision-making process.

Don’t let standing water ruin your day. Call us fast so we can help you get back to work.

Do you need repairs after a water disaster in your commercial building? Contact us to get dried out quickly.