The Facts About Flooding
Floods Rank As One Of The Most common and widespread natural disasters in the United States. Whether you live near a coastline, along city streets, in the mountains, near a river or even in the desert, there is a potential for suffering flood damage.
Just because you haven't experienced a flood in the past, doesn't mean you wont in the future. In fact, 20% of call claims paid by the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) were for policies in low-risk communities. On average, floods cost $3 billion in annual losses in the United States. Commercial flood claims average more than $75,000.
According to the American Red Cross (ARC), floods cause more damage in the U.S. every year than any other weather-related disaster. The ARC offers the following flood safety tips.
-Stay away from flood waters. If you come up on a flowing stream where water is above your ankles, stop, turn around and go another way. Six inches of swiftly moving water can sweep you off your feet.
-If you approach a flooded road while driving, turn around and go another way. If you are caught on a flooded road and waters are rising rapidly around you, get out of the car quickly and move to higher ground. Most cars can be swept away by less than two feet of moving water.
-Keep children out of the water. They are curious and often lack judgment about running water or contaminated water. Keep your pets out of the water too.
If a flood does strike your home or business, contact your local SERVPRO Franchise Professionals. Even minor floods have the potential to cause major damage to a structure when not treated quickly and properly, and the cleanup is often an overwhelming task. The SERVPRO System is prepared to handle any sized disaster. The sooner work begins, the sooner order can be restored.
Call the Cleanup Team that's Faster to Any Disaster
No Matter where you live, it is important to be informed and prepared for any natural disaster that may occur. Natural disasters often strike without warning, leaving behind a trail of destruction and devastation. Though Mother Nature's disasters are often unpredictable, there are steps you can take to ensure you're prepared.
Contact your local SERVPRO Franchise Professionals to establish an Emergency READY Profile (ERP) for your property. SERVPRO'S (ERP) serves as a quick reference document, detailing important building and contact information for your property in the event of an emergency. The ERP is an ideal supplement to any existing preparedness plan, or may be used as a standalone document. Knowing what to do and who to call in advance is the key to timely mitigation, and can minimize the effects of any weather-related disaster, water or fire damage to your business.
When disaster strikes, make sure you have experienced professionals on the line. No matter how big or small, your local SERVPRO Franchise Professionals will be ready to help make your property damage "Like it never even happened."
"SERVPRO saved my house, and my nerves! You are true professionals and such kind people."
"I felt like truckloads of my best friends had come to help me through this crisis! I could not be any happier!"
Special Thanks To Our Customers
We at SERVPRO would like to give a special thanks to everyone we have served over the last 24 years our franchises have been in business. You have had faith in us, put your family, home or business in our hands to make things easier on you, and to put your structure back together "Like it never even happened."
Without you, we wouldn't be as successful as we are. We thoroughly enjoy seeing the progress of your jobs from start to finish. Seeing completed work is such an amazing feeling. Seeing your smiles and happiness, while restoring your structure professionally is an absolute gift.
We strive to make things easier on the customer, while taking away as much stress as possible.
We understand how devastating each loss can be, no matter if its water, fire, mold, wind damage, general cleaning or any type of bio hazard.
SERVPRO does anything necessary to make your problems go away while working with the insurance companies direct to take less work off of you.
During storm situations we want to thank you for having patience as we move from job to job. Sometimes it can get overwhelming but we do our best to get to you as soon as possible!
Thank you so much from all of us here at your local SERVPRO.
Its The Water You Don't See
Your home should be your place of rest. But when water begins leaking-even small leaks in areas you cant see- your home could quickly become a source of stress. The possibility of harmful mold, rot, and unseen damage may affect the value of your home and the health of loved ones.
SERVPRO Franchise Professionals understand how disruptive water damages can be for your entire family and will help ensure the water is identified, regardless of where it hides. Thats why we offer 24-hour emergency response by trained, uniformed restoration professionals. With top-of-the-line equipment and time-tested cleanup and restoration techniques, SERVPRO Franchise Professionals have the expertise to help make your house feel like home again.
After all, when it comes to your home and your family, even small disasters can feel like a huge problem. So if a water damage occurs in your home, just call your local SERVPRO Franchise Professional or dial 1-800-SERVPRO. We will make it "Like it never even happened."
Areas That Can Be Affected BY A Small Water Leak:
-Bottom wall plate
Biohazard & Crime Cleanup Services
Recognized as a leading fire and cleanup and restoration provider by hundreds of insurance companies nationwide, SERVPRO franchise professionals offer fast, reliable biohazard and crime scene cleanup and restoration services to residential and commercial property owners.
Your local SERVPRO franchise professionals are trained to safely and effectively remove biohazardous substances and prepare waste for proper disposal according to OSHA, EPA and state proper and local health regulations. Equipped with the necessary safety and cleaning products, SERVPRO franchise professionals help turn unsafe environments into clean, safe homes and offices. SERVPRO franchise professionals can help with:
-Crime Scene Residues
-Black Water Intrusions
-Mold Mitigation and Remediation
State and local regulations vary. Contact your local SERVPRO franchise professionals for 24-hour emergency services.
Your local SERVPRO franchise professionals have encountered all of the above over the years, and know exactly how to treat your vandalism, and crime scene restoration services.
We like to treat the customer with care, and ease their minds to the best of our ability to ensure they will be taken care of professionally, because we know how difficult certain situations can be mentally, and emotionally. Be confident to put your faith in our hands.
Benefits of Mitigation
Restore vs. Replace: SERVPRO franchise professionals strive to restore items to preloss condition. This helps lower mitigation and restoration costs while allowing treasured belongings to be salvaged when possible.
Pretesting: Through pretesting SERVPRO franchise professionals can determine the extent of the damage, treating only the affected area to reduce job costs, restoration expense and business disruption.
Inventory Analysis: The inventory analysis helps clients and tenants keep records of items and belongings, making the claims process easier should a disaster occur.
Contents Claim Inventory Service: CCIS provides itemized room by room loss inventory, allowing clients, tenants, insurance agents and adjusters to document claim items and capture inventory items immediately.
Electronic File Documentation Complete With Loss Reports: Online access is available to all files, information and proof results, allowing the information to be easily transferrable to various parties involved.
24/7 Call Center: You can reach us anytime. You dont have to wait for daylight to report your disaster to us. You will receive a live person answering your call no matter the time.
Large Loss Capabilities - Catastrophic Loss Response Team: With hundreds of trained crews manned with thousands of pieces of commercial equipment and service vehicles, SERVPRO's Large Loss Response Teams can initiate response to any sized loss in any part of the country within hours.
More Than 1,700 Franchises Located In North America
Your Home is Your Safe Haven
Your home should be your place of rest. But when water begins leaking-even small leaks in areas you cant see-your home could quickly become a source of stress. The possibility of harmful mold, rot and unseen damage may affect the value of your home and the health of loved ones.
SERVPRO franchise professionals understand how disruptive water damages can be for your entire family and will help ensure the water is identified, regardless of where it hides. That is why we offer twenty four hour emergency response by trained, uniformed restoration professionals. With top-of-the-line equipment and time-tested cleanup and restoration techniques, SERVPRO franchise professionals have the expertise to help make your house feel like a home again.
After all, when it comes to your home and your family, even small disasters can feel like huge problems. So if a water damage occurs in your home, just call your local SERVPRO franchise professional or dial 1-800-SERVPRO. We will be there to help make it "Like it never even happened."
SERVPRO is nationally known, and locally owned. There is no job to big for us to handle. We want you to feel confident in putting your water damage in our professional hands.
Fire & Smoke Damage. What to do & Don't do before help arrives!
-Limit movement in the home to prevent soot particles from being embedded into upholstery and carpet.
-Keep hands clean. Soot on hands can further soil upholstery, walls, and woodwork.
-Place dry colorfast towels or old linens on rugs, upholstery and carpet traffic areas.
-If electricity is off, empty freezer and refrigerator completely to prop doors open to help prevent odor.
-Wipe soot from chrome on kitchen and bathroom faucets, trim, and appliances, then protect thee surfaces with a light coating of lubricant.
-If heat is off during winter, pour RV antifreeze in sinks, toilet bowls, holding tanks, and tubs to avoid freezing pipes and fixtures.
-Wash both sides of leaves on house plants.
-Change the HVAC filter, but leave the system off until a trained professional can check the system.
Tape double layers of cheesecloth over air registers to stop particles of soot from getting in or out of the HVAC system.
-Attempt to wash any walls or painted surfaces without first contacting your SERVPRO franchise professional.
-Attempt to shampoo carpet or upholstered furniture.
-Attempt to clean any electrical appliances (including tv's, radios etc.)
-Consume any food or beverages that may have been stored close to the fire, heat or water.
-Turn on ceiling fixtures if the ceiling is wet. Wiring may be wet or damaged and cause electrical shock, and air movement could cause secondary damage.
-Send garments to the dry cleaner. Improper cleaning may set in smoke odor.
Emergency Damage Process
One Hour: Within one hour from the first notice of loss, our SERVPRO franchise will contact you to arrange for service. You will know help is on the way.
Four Hours: Within four hours of the loss notification, our SERVPRO franchise professional will be on-site to start mitigation services. The key to reducing damage, and saving money is responding quickly to damage.
Detailed Explanation: A trained, uniformed, and equipped SERVPRO franchise professional will walk you through the job process step-by-step, explaining what to expect and the anticipated outcome.
Pretesting: A SERVPRO franchise professional will begin pretesting for restorability, working from the source of the damage outward.
Eight Hours: Within eight business hours of on-site arrival, a verbal briefing of the scope will be communicated to the appropriate person, normally the adjuster or property manager.
Cleaning and Restoration: SERVPRO franchise professionals will work neatly, and efficiently to help you regain control of your property when a damaging event has taken over. We will use state-of-the-art restoration techniques to ensure the property is taken care of right the first time.
Final Walk-Through: After the work has been completed, a final walk-through will be conducted to help ensure satisfaction.
Flooding in Salem, Indiana 5/19/2017
Shown in the picture is one view of part of Salem, Indiana to give you an idea of just how much water flooded the town.
A state of emergency was declared in an Indiana county Friday after flooding prompted water rescues and inundated buildings and homes in parts of the Hoosier State.
Torrential rainfall of 4-5 inches soaked the Salem, Indiana, area in a short amount of time late Friday, according to weather.com. The rain sent the Blue River into a record flood at 20.15 feet, which crushed the previous record level of 17.1 feet set in May 2004.
SERVPRO has been taking calls all weekend to try and assist with this devastating flood. Of course we weren't able to get to the job sites until the water in the city subsided.
They had rescuers getting people who were trapped in their vehicles out, and to safety. Now that the water has subsided a couple days later SERVPRO is able to make it to the job sites and start marketing to other home and businesses in need. SERVPRO is always on top of any flooding or catastrophic event that Mother nature deals us. While it is quite unfortunate, it is something we have no control over and SERVPRO is blessed to be able to help those in need is such desperate times.