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Safely Preventing Mold

6/10/2020 (Permalink)

Safely Preventing Mold Growth Cleanup - Dry out the building quickly (within 24 to 48 hours). Open doors and windows. Use fans to dry out the building. • When in doubt, take it out! Remove all porous items that have been wet for more than 48 hours and that cannot be thoroughly cleaned and dried. These items can remain a source of mold growth and should be removed from the home. Porous, noncleanable items include carpeting and carpet padding, upholstery, wallpaper, drywall, floor and ceiling tiles, insulation material, clothing, leather, paper, wood, and food. Removal and cleaning are important because even dead mold may cause allergic reactions in some people. • To prevent mold growth, clean wet items and surfaces with detergent and water. • Homeowners may want to temporarily store items outside of the home until insurance claims can be filed.

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Clean up after a flood

5/7/2020 (Permalink)

Clean up after a flood

When You First Reenter Your Building

  • If you have standing water in the building and can turn off the main power from a dry location, then go ahead and turn off the power, even if it delays cleaning. If you must enter standing water to access the main power switch, then call an electrician to turn it off. NEVER turn power on or off yourself or use an electric tool or appliance while standing in water. • Have an electrician check the building’s electrical system before turning the power on again. • If the building has been closed up for several days, enter briefly to open doors and windows to let it air out for a while (at least 30 minutes) before you stay for any length of time. • If the building has been flooded and has been closed up for several days, presume it has been contaminated with mold. • If your building has been flooded, it also may be contaminated with sewage.

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Food and Water Sanitation

4/15/2020 (Permalink)

Food and Water Sanitation

Until your local water company, utility, or public health department declares your water source safe, purify your water, not only for drinking and cooking, but also for washing any part of the body or dishes.

  • Water: Strain water through a clean cloth or filter; then boil water vigorously for a full minute; let cool. If boiling is not possible, use fresh unscented liquid chlorine bleach (8 drops or 1/8 tsp/gallon of clear water; 16 drops or 1/4 tsp/gallon of cloudy water); stir; let stand 30 minutes. Iodine and purification tablets are not recommended.
  • Food: Undamaged, commercially-prepared foods in all-metal cans or retort pouches can be saved if you remove the labels, thoroughly wash the cans, rinse them, and then disinfect them with a sanitizing solution consisting of 1 tablespoon of bleach per gallon of potable water. Finally, re-label containers that had the labels removed, including the expiration date, with a marker.
  • Utensils: Discard flood-contaminated wooden cutting boards and spoons, plastic utensils, baby bottles, nipples, and pacifiers. Thoroughly wash metal and ceramic pans, utensils, and dishes with hot soapy water and sanitize by boiling them in clean water or by immersing them for 15 minutes in a solution of 1 tsp chlorine bleach/quart water.

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Long term flooding or wetness

4/15/2020 (Permalink)

Long-term flooding or wetness is likely to ruin most interior finishes and contents, but the next steps may be possible when flooding is short term and cleanup begins promptly. Delay permanent repairs until the building is thoroughly dry, which may take weeks.


  • Layers of submerged plywood or OSB subfloors will likely separate or swell. Affected sections must be replaced to keep the new floor covering from buckling.
  • When floor coverings are removed, allow the subflooring to dry thoroughly, which may take months without a dehumidifier.
  • Check for warping before installing new flooring.

Wood Floors

  • Carefully remove a board every few feet to reduce buckling caused by swelling. If boards are tongue-and-grooved, consult a carpenter or flooring professional.
  • Clean and dry the floor thoroughly, which may take weeks, before replacing boards and attempting repairs.

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3/6/2020 (Permalink)

Should I be worried about mold? It typically takes two to three days after a water damage event for mold growth to start. Flooded buildings should be pumped out , disinfected and dried as soon as possible to prevent mold growth. HVAC systems should be shut down and isolated. Workers required to clean-up mold must be properly trained and equipped.

What other hazards should I be worried about? If you work in a building that was constructed before 1980, that building could have materials that contain either lead or asbestos. Asbestos containing building materials (ACM)can be damaged in floods and potentially release hazardous fibers. Strict laws require building owners to determine the location and quantity of ACM in their buildings. Properly trained and equipped personnel should ensure that any building ACM has not been damaged before workers re-occupy the building. I have been asked to be part of the building clean up, what should I do? Flood clean-up workers need training and protective equipment. If you are asked to participate see the information sheet for CSEA members responding to flood affected areas to know what protective clothing and training that should be provided by your employer. Contact your authorized representatives to discuss any questions or concerns. Notify your supervisor if you have any health or medical conditions, such as high blood pressure; heart or respiratory conditions; or insect, plant or mold allergies as they may affect your ability to do the work.

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How to protect your business from wind and hail damage

11/5/2019 (Permalink)

  1. Inspect your roof

Examine your building’s roof for damage after storms, or annually in regions that are less prone to storms. Replace any worn materials or other weak areas to ensure that leaks don’t occur during future storms. Check flashing (a type of sheet metal used for waterproofing) and gutters, and clean out any debris that may be blocking drainage. Remove branches or leaves that may have accumulated during prior storms.

  1. Install impact-resistant windows

Impact-resistant glass has been specially treated to help prevent shattering and to provide an extra barrier to safeguard your building from severe weather. While it’s still possible for it to break, it’s less likely to shatter completely, offering better protection from flying glass and debris during a hurricane or hailstorm.

  1. Secure equipment and valuables

If you live in an area prone to strong winds or hail, keep an eye on the weather forecast so that you can protect your valuables before a storm hits. Ensure any high-value items are in a safe and secure area, stored up high and away from windows. Any outdoor equipment should be securely fastened so it’s not lost or turned into a projectile during a storm.

  1. Keep your employees safe

In the event of a storm, safety is of the utmost concern. Stay away from windows, and take shelter in the safest part of your property. If your building doesn’t have a designated storm shelter, have employees take shelter in an area devoid of windows, such as a lavatory or break room.

Prepare an emergency plan ahead of time and communicate it with employees, so they’ll know what to expect. Practice an emergency drill if possible, so that everyone will be prepared if weather conditions are threatening your safety.

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Don't panic

10/10/2019 (Permalink)

A lot of people panic in this situation and end up wasting time, and every second wasted is costing the business money. If you’re living in a flood risk area and you’re worried about the potential of flooding, these are the steps that you need to take right away. 

Safety Always Comes First 

In a crisis situation like this, your first priority should always be the safety of you and your employees. The biggest danger in a flood situation is electrical devices so the first thing that you should always do is switch off the power to the building to reduce the risk. You should also avoid turning on any lights or electrical devices if possible. When you’re navigating the building, make sure to proceed carefully and be aware of your surroundings. If there are any sagging ceilings, for example, keep your distance and don’t walk directly underneath them because there is the chance that they could collapse. Make sure that nobody is using any electrical appliances at all when they’re standing on a wet surface. 

In this situation, you might think that it’s a good idea to try to save some expensive equipment like computers before they sustain water damage but this is too dangerous. Unplugging and carrying electrical equipment, even if it isn’t switched on, is a big risk. At this point, you need to accept that the damage is already done and always put safety first. 

Once the power to the building is switched off, you should get everybody outside and start thinking about your next steps.

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Water damage at your office?

10/10/2019 (Permalink)

Carry Out An Inventory Of The Building 

Next, you need to know exactly what you’ve lost in the flood and what you need to replace so you can get an idea of exactly how much this is all going to cost you. You should already have an inventory of everything in the office, if you don’t you need to write one as soon as possible. Check everything against this inventory and mark off anything that has been damaged beyond repair. Then you can start adding up the cost of replacing things like computers and furniture. You also need to look at the damage to the actual building so you know who you need to call in for repairs. Are the carpets soaked through? Has the water started seeping into the walls? Is it coming through ceilings? Once you have a thorough list of all of the damage, you can start putting a plan in place to fix it. 

Put Your Plan Into Action 

Now it’s time to put that plan into action. In the event of a leak, the first person you should call is a plumber because you need to ensure that the pipes are all secured and there isn’t going to be another leak as soon as you switch the water back on. Then you’ll need to call damp specialists to help dry out the building. When the building itself is in good shape, you need to call people in to start sorting out the interiors. 

Boost Defences 

When the business is up and running again, you should think about boosting your defences in case of another flood in future. That means learning how to spot the signs of a leak and taking measures to keep pipes well maintained so that they aren’t as likely to leak again. If you’re in a flood risk area, you should look into putting up more defences around the building to divert flood water. 

Flooding is never going to be good news for your business but as long as you follow these steps and take action quickly, you can get things up and running again in no time.

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Bio-hazard Safety

9/30/2019 (Permalink)

Biohazardous materials require special safety precautions and procedures. Follow these guidelines when working with infectious agents:

Personal Hygiene Guidelines

  • Wash your hands thoroughly, as indicated below:
    • After working with any biohazard
    • After removing gloves, laboratory coat, and other contaminated protective clothing
    • Before eating, drinking, smoking, or applying cosmetics
    • Before leaving the laboratory area
  • Do not touch your face when handling biological material.
  • Never eat, drink, smoke, or apply cosmetics in the work area.

Clothing Guidelines

  • Always wear a wrap-around gown or scrub suit, gloves, and a surgical mask when working with infectious agents or infected animals.
  • Wear gloves over gown cuffs.
  • Never wear contact lenses around infectious agents.
  • Do not wear potentially contaminated clothing outside the laboratory area.
  • To remove contaminated clothing, follow these steps:
  • Remove booties from the back.
  • Remove head covering from the peak.
  • Untie gown while wearing gloves.
  • Remove gloves by peeling them from the inside out.
  • Remove the gown by slipping your finger under the sleeve cuff of the gown.

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restoration & clean up

9/19/2019 (Permalink)

Furnishings and Carpets

Remove all furniture, bedding, and carpeting to outdoors to be cleaned and dried (or discarded).

  • Flooded carpets and rugs are best replaced since flood water may contain contaminants. Flooded carpet pads should always be discarded and replaced.
  • Remove water-logged rugs, carpets, and pads within 48 hours after flooding subsides.
  • If salvage is attempted, spread out rugs and carpets outdoors. Hose off. If soiled, professionally clean or work in carpet shampoo with a broom. Rinse well with a solution of 1 gallon water and 2 tablespoons liquid household chlorine bleach to sanitize (if colorfast). If carpet is wool, do not add bleach.
  • Dry the carpet and subfloor thoroughly as quickly as possible. If carpet is installed damp, it can mildew.
  • Carpet might shrink, but a professional may be able to stretch it.
  • All upholstered furniture and mattresses contaminated by flood water should be discarded. If an upholstered furniture piece is valuable, the stuffing and upholstering will need to be replaced.  Solid wood, metal and plastic furniture may be cleaned and restored.  Hose off any mud, clean, sanitize and let dry completely out of direct sunlight.

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Cleaning after water damage

9/19/2019 (Permalink)

Tile and Sheet Flooring

  • If a submerged wood subfloor swells or separates, flooring will need to be removed. (Asbestos tiles should be removed only by a trained professional.)
  • If the subflooring is concrete, removal of the floor covering will hasten drying of the slab, but it might not be necessary if it would ruin an otherwise unharmed material.
  • If water has seeped under loose sections of sheet flooring, remove the entire sheet. Ease of flooring removal depends on the type of material and adhesive. Contact a reputable dealer to find out what product and technique (if any) will loosen the adhesive.

Cleaning Wall Finishes, Woodwork, & Floors

To reduce mold and damage, clean and dry as soon as flood waters recede. Do not sand or scrape lead-based paint. Getmore information before disturbing old paint. If materials are already moldy before you can begin cleanup, get more information on avoiding mold hazards and recommended removal methods from recovery publications.

  • Use a phosphate-free, all-purpose, or disinfecting cleaner. Wash from top to bottom. Rinse with clean water.
  • One-half cup of household chlorine bleach to a gallon of water can be used on nonmetallic, colorfast surfaces as a disinfectant (to kill surface mold and bacteria) after cleaning, but it will not prevent new mold growth on materials that stay damp.
  • Dry thoroughly and quickly. If the utilities are on, use the air conditioning or heater, fans, and a dehumidifier or desiccants to speed drying.

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Water Damage Restoration & Clean Up

9/18/2019 (Permalink)

For Homes, Businesses, Schools & More…

After the flood waters recede and the clean-up has been done, most folks want to get back into their homes or businesses and start rebuilding. The problem is that wood that has been submerged in water has likely absorbed a large amount of water. Rebuilding too quickly after a flood can cause continuing problems such as mold growth, insect infestations, and deterioration of the wood and wall coverings.

Flood waters are not clean water; therefore, most porous building materials must be removed and replaced with new materials.


  • Inspect for structural and electrical damage from outside to determine if it is safe to enter.
  • Electrical safety is extremely important in floods. Check for fire hazards and gas leaks. Use battery-powered light sources.
  • Never mix chlorine bleach with ammonia or vinegar.
  • Wear sturdy shoes, rubber gloves, and eye protection.
  • Be watchful for fire ants, snakes, or other animals.
  • If mold is present, wear a respirator that can filter spores.

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How to avoid Commercial fires

6/21/2019 (Permalink)

Commercial building fires put all types of businesses at risk, from manufacturing plants to offices. Statistics gathered by the U.S. Fire Administration estimates that 96,800 non-residential fires occurred over nine years, resulting in 145 deaths, 1,550 injuries and over $2 billion in damages.

Many commercial building fires could have either been avoided or had minimal damage through the installation of an improved fire safety system. An effective fire safety and prevention system for commercial buildings incorporates three main elements: detection, control and extinguishing.

Commercial buildings should have smoke and fire alarms throughout the building. These alarms are all too often forgotten about as an important part of routine maintenance. Fire alarms are not only necessary to be code compliant, but they also help to save lives. Additional equipment, like fire and smoke curtains, should also be installed for maximum protection of both inhabitants and products.

In order to reduce the chances of a fire happening in your building, it's important to understand which factors play a role as well as what containment equipment is most suitable.

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We made the paper!

5/6/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of North Arlington goes to Oklahoma

SERVPRO of North Arlington made the paper! No matter where you are SERVPRO of North Arlington is ready to hep make you feel “Like it never even happened.” We were called out to Oklahoma for a commercial fire, when we received the call, we immediately loaded our trucks and headed out. We are faster to any size disaster. Our customers can rest well knowing that our technicians are highly trained and certified to handle their fire damage 24 hours a day 7 days a week. SERVPRO of North Arlington knows that every hour spent restoring your business is an hour of lost revenue, we want to get you back to pre-fire conditions as quickly as possible. SERVPRO of North Arlington is here for all of your restoration needs.  

The Number and Causes of Office Fires

11/1/2018 (Permalink)

The Number and Causes of Office Fires

Every year, office fires cause over a hundred million dollars in property damage and several deaths. As much as the idea of wasted money and destroyed capital, we mourn the loss of even one person’s life infinitely more. Evacusafe US is dedicated to the mission of keeping everyone safe, especially those who are mobility impaired. As we work to provide every office in America with the safety equipment they need to keep their staff safe, we also want to help everyone reduce their need to actually use it. The more we all know about what causes office fires, the more we can do to prevent them. Strive for the best; prepare for the worst.

Number of Fires

From 2007-2017, there were an average of 3,340 fires in office buildings each year. That’s almost 10 every day. And it represents tens if not hundreds of thousands of employees. Any fire is a dangerous event so every fire should be taken very seriously. That means no matter the size of the fire, everyone needs to get out of the building safely and quickly. For those with mobility issues, this can be a moment of panic and danger. It’s very easy to head straight for the exit, forgetting that the person in the office next to you is in a wheelchair. And even if you do remember, do you have the equipment you need to get them out of the building without the help of an elevator?

According to the 2010 US Census, 30.6 million Americans have a disability that makes it difficult for them to walk or climb stairs. That’s just shy of 10%, which means that if the average office building has just 50 employees, 16,700 Americans needed assistance getting out of harm’s way. We would love to see every building outfitted with the proper safety equipment to ensure that every single one of them got out safely and efficiently.

Leading Causes of Fires in Offices

Most fires are caused by just a few different factors. In fact, according to the National Fire Protection Association, three out of four office fires were caused by just one of six things:

  • Cooking Equipment: 29%
  • Electrical Distribution & Lighting Equipment: 12%
  • Heating Equipment: 11%
  • Arson: 10%
  • Smoking Materials: 9%
  • Exposure: 4%
  • Electronic, Office, or Entertainment Equipment: 3%

Armed with this information, we hope you will have greater insight into your office risk factors and can take some necessary precautions to lower the risk of fire, thereby lowering the risk of injury or death in the event of a fire. Let’s take a look at these causes individually and review what can be done to make them safer.

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What Every Employer Should Know

10/16/2018 (Permalink)

Look for Signs of Mold

With all of this attention, you may think that mold infestation is something new or uncommon. It is not. Mold is present in all buildings in some form and quantity. However, certain species of mold spores, in large enough concentrations, can be toxic. Although the health problems of mold exposure are in debate, there is literature tying some health effects to mold exposure. People with immune-compromised systems may experience permanent health effects.Physical symptoms related to exposure to mold or sick building syndrome include eye, nose and throat irritation; respiratory complaints; skin irritation; nausea; dizziness and fatigue. Alert your human resources department and/or office manager to be aware of any such symptoms. If numerous employees complain, or if employees complain of moldy smells, put the building owner on notice and request an investigation. If you own the building, consider hiring an air quality investigator. Although these symptoms could result from other factors, it is important to address them.

Look For the Cause

Mold needs water or moisture and oxygen to grow. Water does not have to flow into the building for there to be enough moisture to promote the growth of mold. Although one-time leaks or burst water pipes may not be a problem if repaired, even a one-time leak, if not properly addressed, can cause unacceptable mold growth. There are a number of potential causes of moisture or water entry:

  • Lack of building maintenance
  • Poor building design or construction
  • Using wet building materials
  • Leaky pipes, windows, or doors
  • Regular, or even one-time flooding
  • Simple plumbing mistakes
  • Excessive humidity and condensation
  • Improper landscaping design or maintenance outside the building, causing water to flow toward the building
  • Any other serious water related problem
  • Address Moisture or Water Issues Promptly

If your building is experiencing water penetration, consistent moisture or leaks, demand that the landlord investigate the cause and promptly provide you with an action plan. If the landlord does not act, put it on notice that you intend to act and that you will hold it responsible for the costs. Give notice to your insurer. Do the same if you are the building owner.

Call in professionals to make an assessment. To stop further mold growth, the landlord or you must investigate and fix the source of the water or moisture. Ask for the help of contractors, the building designer and environmental experts to assess, identify and repair the source. A number of companies investigate mold and will come up with action plans to address it. Responding to mold involves more than just determining and fixing the source of the water. Often several experts must be retained, including experts in toxicology and epidemiology. Expert testing may cost thousands of dollars. If mold is found in large enough concentrations, the building must be cleaned and remediated to ensure the safety of the occupants before they return. Once the problem is fixed, ask the expert to certify that the building is "clean," or demand such a certification from the landlord. SERVPRO of North Arlington is here for all of your restoration needs

Cleaning After Fire

10/1/2018 (Permalink)

Cleaning After Fire

The October 2017 California Fires in Northern California were devastating. Northern California will be dealing with the death and destruction of recent wildfires for years.  The immediate life-safety concerns about fire are obvious and frightening, but what many don’t realize is that returning to fire damaged buildings is also hazardous. Cleaning after fire is part of recovery, but done wrong this activity may do more harm. If you’re returning to a fire damaged community follow these fire restoration tips to reduce your health risks.

After you have dealt with the initial raw emotions of fire loss, after you have contacted your insurance company and relatives and emergency personnel that are worried about you, it is time to cleanup and rebuild. FEMA has a checklist for “returning to normal” after a fire. If hiring professionals is not in the budget or you want to get back home before the pros show up, read these tips for cleaning after a fire.

Immediate Threats When Cleaning After Fire

These basic measures may save your life when you return to cleanup after a fire.

  • Do not reenter a fire stricken area or building unless a professional has verified it is safe to enter. Fires may reappear and you don’t want to be stuck in the danger zone. Do not go around police/fire barricades or ignore evacuation orders.
  • Do not approach downed power lines or attempt to work around electrical wires.
  • If the structure has been significantly impact and there are any concerns about the structural integrity of the building, do not enter until an expert or structural engineer okays the building.
  • Do not enter areas with standing water. There may be hidden dangers in the water.
  • Hire a professional fire restoration company – if you can. Here is a checklist for hiring a contractor after a fire. Talk to your insurance first.

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What to Do After a Fire Shuts Down Your Business

9/23/2018 (Permalink)

Although many of us go through great efforts to fireproof our home, we rarely bring this outlook into the workplace. While there’s no replacement for a little bit of forethought and diligence, a fire at your place of business doesn’t have to mean the end of your company altogether. In fact, approximately 60 percent of all U.S.-based businesses reopen their doors after a disastrous fire. Some companies have even gone on to achieve a great amount of success and profitability after such an event.


What to Do After a Fire

Determine the Responsible Party

The first thing you should do in the wake of a fire at your business is determine the responsible party. This depends on a number of different factors, including whether you lease or own the building, the exact cause of the fire and even your specific amount of insurance coverage. Keep in mind that some insurance policies only cover the contents of the structure and not the materials used in the actual construction of the building.

Sometimes, you may need to wait until an investigation has been completed by your local fire department, police department or insurance company. If this is the case, make sure to maintain communications for further information and instructions.

Safeguard and Secure Your Remaining Property

If the fire has caused significant damage to the exterior walls, doors, windows or roof of your building, you’ll want to act quickly in order to safeguard and secure your remaining property. Smoldering remains should be fully extinguished and any large holes should be temporarily patched. Not only will this prevent vandalism after the fact, but a little bit of effort can go a long way towards minimizing the overall amount of damage caused.

Contact Anyone Who May Be Affected

Next comes the daunting task of contacting anyone who may have been affected as a result of the fire. This includes employees, board members, external partners and, in some cases, customers. If any activities or services need to be postponed or suspended, make sure to communicate that news, too. The last thing you want to do after a fire is to leave your valuable employees and business partners in the dark about the future of your company.

Furthermore, don’t forget to contact your insurance agent as soon as possible. A simple call or email will typically suffice, though large claims may require face-to-face consultation or even an on-site inspection of the damaged property.

Get Your Documentation in Order

Your insurance company will require proof regarding any claimed losses as a result of the fire, so be sure to have any pertinent documentation, including receipts, user manuals and credit card statements, at the ready. You may even want to take digital pictures or video of your property. Not only can this be used in determining your overall losses, it could serve as hard evidence in case any court proceedings should follow.

Repair and Restore Damage

If the structure isn’t a total loss, you might be able to rebuild, repair and restore your business back to its original state. Extensive smoke damage, for example, can typically be cleaned up through a number of different tools so you can go on with business as usual after the restoration.

Initiate the Recovery of Sensitive or Critical Data

Depending on your exact case, you may need to take steps to recover any sensitive or critical data that was lost in the occurrence. Damaged servers, hard drives and even personal computers can all hold data critical to the day-to-day operations of your business.

If the situation warrants, you may even consider hiring a third-party that specializes in data recovery and restoration, specifically in the event of fire. Such individuals are more likely to be equipped with the right hardware and software tools than a company that offers general disaster recovery services. Most data recovery experts will also be able to work with you in order to introduce techniques in disaster recovery planning and data loss prevention.

Getting Back to Business

Once everything has been restored to order, it’s finally time to get back to business. Make sure to outline a comprehensive fire safety plan when moving forward, just in case your business experiences another fire. You might also consider increasing your insurance coverage for the future. After all, it’s better to be safe than sorry.

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Is Your Business prepared for a flood?

9/17/2018 (Permalink)

Business checklist! Are you prepared for flooding? If you answer no to any of the questions overleaf, there may be more you can do to protect your business. The individual sections will give you valuable information on effective actions you can take to prepare for a flood. Know if you’re at risk Do you know if you're at risk of flooding? Are flood warnings available in your area? Do you know how you can receive flood warnings? Preparing a flood plan Do you know how your business will respond to a flood? Do you have a list of useful numbers including Floodline, local authority and insurance company? Do you know how to shut off your gas/electric/water supplies? Are your stock, fittings and valuable equipment stored above flood level? Have you developed flood contingency plans with suppliers and/or clients? Can you call someone to help you in the event of a flood? Staff training and evacuation Are you aware of correct flood safety procedures for you and your staff? Have you trained your staff on flood safety procedures? Can your staff work quickly and efficiently to protect your business in the event of a flood? Protecting your property Have you installed flood protection products? Do you have a stockpile of useful materials including plywood, plastic sheeting, sandbags (unfilled), sand, nails, hammer, shovel, blocks of wood and a saw? Have you installed non return valves in your toilets and drains? Do you and your staff have high ground where you can park your cars? Are your electrical sockets above flood level? Do you have computer equipment in the basement? Flood insurance Do you have sufficient insurance cover in the event of a flood situation? Do you know what information your insurer will require to support a claim? Evacuation Do you have an easy way to let your staff know about an evacuation? Do you know which roads will stay open in your area during a flood? Have you identified where staff can shelter in the event of a flood? Could you control staff panic during a flood?

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Steps to take after a flood

9/13/2018 (Permalink)


How can a flood affect your business?

Health and safety risks such as:

  • Structural damage
  • Electrical damage
  • Sharp glass and metal debris
  • Sanitary hazards from standing water
  • Contaminated drinking water
  • Damaged cropsEmotional hardship: Mental health professionals are kept on hand when FEMA and Red Cross respond to flood disasters because flood victims can experience difficulty coping with their situation and may have anxiety, depression, fear, anger, frustration, sadness, and grief.Steps to take after the flood
  • It is not possible to reverse the effects of a natural disaster, but you can minimize the impact on your business by keeping a level head and doing everything in your power to get back to business as soon as possible. You will be shaken up and overwhelmed after the flood, but there are tips to protect your right to recover.
  • Economic loss: Flood damage puts a huge strain on victims financially. When a business is flooded, operations are at a stand-still.
  • Loss of life: Death is the most devastating affect flood damage can have on you or your business.
  • When your property is safe enough to return, shut off your gas and electricity. Contact your service providers if you are unsure how to do so.
  • Remove your belongings from the water to avoid more damage. While collecting your belongings, list all damage you find.
  • Get in contact with your insurance agent or insurance company immediately. If you have flood insurance for your business, your agent will help you make a claim, and an adjuster will later contact you. The quickest way to make a claim may be online. Check your policy for an e-mail address where claims can be made. Keep following up for a claim number.
  • Document all damage immediately by taking photos and video to assist in identifying the true extent of the damage for your insurance claim. This should include structural damage, personal property damage, and standing floodwater levels. Send these records to your insurance company. Don’t forget to document the date and time of your calls, who you spoke to, and all contact you make with your insurance company.
  • Start cleaning up. Unsanitary items float around in flood waters so it is important you wear gloves and clothing that you can throw away after the cleanup Don’t discard any items until you check with your insurance company first. Shovel any debris and mud outside. Disinfect all surfaces with a solution of one-fourth cup of chlorine bleach and a gallon of water to kill germs and prevent mildew. Open your doors and windows to allow the air to circulate to protect your premises from possible mold growth. Try salvaging important files and documents by rinsing off any debris, drying and then freezing in plastic freezer bags. Cover roof damage with a tarp.
  • People notice when a business is left unattended. If your premises are unsuitable to be in and are going to be unattended for any period, you should secure your premises as best as you can to prevent further loss and damage.
  • Don’t forget about your customers. Depending on the type of business you run, contact your customers and advise them of your situation. This will reassure them of your long-term commitment and will be more willing to understand.
  • Gather your business records that will prove the value of damaged equipment and inventory. You also want to collect proof of income your business was generating before and after the disaster which includes tax returns, monthly sales tax returns, business contracts, and any other financial statement pertinent to calculating the projected income of your business.
  • Create separate cost codes specific to the flood damage and allocate all related expenses to this code. Record the cost if you will be conducting business from a temporary location, detailed records of business activity, and any other costs incurred maintaining your business during repairs. This will help you organize and make it easier to track the final costs.
  • You will need to file a Proof of Loss with your insurance company within 60 days after the date of loss (or within any extension made in writing by the Associate Administrator for Federal Insurance and Mitigation) if you have a Standard Flood Insurance Policy. The NFIP or insurance company will not issue payment without this.
  • When the insurance adjuster is inspecting your business for flood damage, he may rely on you to point out and provide information about the extent of your flood damage. Make it know that the damages you have noticed so far, may not be the only damage because some may not be visible right away.
  • Do not sign the proof of loss attesting to damage if you do not agree with the amount of damage reported by the insurance adjuster or the amount they are offering to cover the damages. When you sign proof of loss, you are swearing the information provided is correct. Do your own research and contact a trusted contractor. Have them give you written estimates to repair and replace the property and all damages. 

SERVPRO of North Arlington is here for all of your restoration needs!

What should you do when your business floods?

3/27/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of North Arlington specializes in the cleanup and restoration of commercial and residential property after a water damage event.

Imagine waking up in the morning and going about your normal routine. You get out of bed and stretch out the drowsiness. Rub the sleep out of your eyes. Head to the bathroom brush your teeth,wash your face and get ready for the day. And as you're making your coffee you receive a call from the commercial building owner at your business to inform you that a pipe has just burst! And your entire livelihood is covered in water. The floor is up to four inches in water and counting!

What should you do?

Here at SERVPRO of North Arlington we understand that disasters can happen at the drop of a hat or in this case at the burst of a pipe!

Here are a few steps to help guide you through this stressful situation.

  1. Gather your insurance information.

  You would be surprised at the number of business owners that do not know their policy details and at disastrous times such as these it is very important to have your insurance information on hand and ready to go!

   2.Remain Calm & Call SERVPRO North Arlington

At SERVPRO North Arlington we strive to fully restore the damaged area in a prompt and professional manner. We understand that every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when an emergency situation arises in your business, give us a call and we’ll be there fast with the help you need.

Emergency Ready Plan.. Are you prepared for the unexpected?

12/22/2017 (Permalink)

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

As many as 50% of businesses may never recover following a disaster, according

to the latest industry 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.

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.

Are You Ready?

Preparation is a key component for making it through any size disaster, whether it’s a small water leak, a large fire or an area flood. The best time for planning for such events is not when the event happens, but well before it happens. No one ever plans on a disaster, but you can plan for it. Now is the time to ask yourself, “Are you ready for whatever could happen?”

The SERVPRO® Emergency READY Profile is a start up approach that provides the critical information needed to begin mitigation and recovery services. It is designed to serve as a quick reference of important building and contact information. By working with SERVPRO’s Emergency READY Profile, your business will receive the benefit of over 40 years of experience in reducing the impact of any natural or man-made disaster. SERVPRO® is a leader in water and fire damage response and can help you quickly get your property back in working order.

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 it 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 is inactive by having an immediate plan of action.

Establishes SERVPRO North Arlington as your disaster mitigation and restoration provider.

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

Identification of the line 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.”

Call Us Today To Get Started! 817-557-1447

SERVPRO at the touch of a fingertip.. ERP Mobile App

12/22/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO® Ready Plan Mobile App

Help is at your fingertips.

When fire and water cleanup is needed, getting help is now quicker and easier using the SERVPRO® Ready Plan App. The Ready Plan is an emergency preparedness tool for home and business owners, property managers, risk managers and facility management. It allows for the creation of an Emergency Ready Profile™ containing critical facility information to help speed up response time.

Not only is SERVPRO North Arlington here to assist you when an emergency occurs but we are also here to help to prepare you for an emergency.

Restoring Commercial Properties Presents Unique Challenges

Our professionals are trained to be mindful of legal and environmental concerns and strive to fully restore the damaged area while working within your budgetary constraints. We understand that every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when an emergency situation arises in your business, give us a call and we’ll be there fast with the help you need.

About SERVPRO of North Arlington

SERVPRO of North Arlington specializes in the cleanup and restoration of commercial and residential property after a water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.


14 Days until Christmas

12/11/2017 (Permalink)

Christmas facts....

 1. The Christmas wreath was originally hung as a symbol of Jesus. The holly represents his crown of thorns and the red berries the blood he shed.

2. The three traditional colors of most Christmas decorations are red, green and gold. Red symbolizes the blood of Christ, green symbolized life and rebirth, and gold represents light, royalty and wealth.

3. In Poland spiders are considered to be symbols of prosperity and goodness at Christmas. In fact, spiders and spider webs are often used as Christmas tree decorations. According to legend, a spider wove baby Jesus a blanket to keep him warm.

4.The tradition of hanging stockings comes from a Dutch legend. A poor man had three daughters for whom he could not afford to provide a dowry. St. Nicholas dropped a bag of gold down his chimney and gold coins fell out and into the stockings drying by the fireplace. The daughters now had dowries and could be married, avoiding a life on the streets.

5. “White Christmas”, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer”, “Winter Wonderland”, “The Christmas Song” and “I’ll Be Home for Christmas” plus the melody for “O Holy Night” were all written or co-written by Jews.


Christmas Countdown... 18 days until CHRISTMAS

12/7/2017 (Permalink)

18 Days until Christmas

Here are some fun facts about Christmas:

1. Christmas supposedly marks the birth of Jesus Christ on December 25. But there is no mention of December 25 in the Bible and most historians actually believe he was born in the spring.

2. December 25 was probably chosen because it coincided with the ancient pagan festival Saturnalia, which celebrated the agricultural god Saturn with partying, gambling, and gift-giving.

3. Many of the popular Christmas traditions today found their roots in Saturnalia: Branches from evergreen trees were used during winter solstice as a reminder of the green plants that would grow in spring when the sun gods grew strong.

4. These evergreen branches became the foundation of our Christmas tree. Germans are thought to be the first to bring “Christmas trees” into their homes at the holidays and decorate them with cookies and lights. 5. The Christmas tree made its way to America in the 1830s but wasn’t popular until 1846, after Germany’s Prince Albert brought it to England when he married Queen Victoria. The two were sketched in front of a Christmas tree and the tradition instantly became popular. Royal fever was real even back then. 6. The well-known reason we give presents at Christmas is to symbolize the gifts given to baby Jesus by the three wise men. But it may also stem from the Saturnalia tradition that required revelers to offer up rituals to the gods. 7. Because of its roots in pagan festivals, Christmas was not immediately accepted by the religious. In fact, from 1659 to 1681, it was illegal to celebrate Christmas in Boston. You were fined if you were caught celebrating. If you are need of commercial carpet cleaning, mitigation services, or duct cleaning before Christmas gets here please feel free to call SERVPRO of North Arlington at 817-557-1447.