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The Causes of Commercial Damage | SERVPRO® of Cape Girardeau & Scott Counties

6/16/2022 (Permalink)

"a large commercial building with extensive damage to roof and siding" The Causes of Commercial Damage | SERVPRO® of Cape Girardeau & Scott Counties

Our country has roots in the business world, and it’s likely you haven’t been a day without utilizing several companies.

As a business owner, you carry more than a plate full of responsibilities, covering the day-to-day functions and handling the extremes. And when one of those extremes is severe weather, the consequences can be a complete disaster.

Commercial damage from natural disasters has been on a steady rise in the United States. In the last five years, there has been close to $153 billion worth of damage annually, which represents a steep increase over previous periods.

Our weather is typically a mixed bag and can experience some pretty wide swings. This spring kept us under a constant threat of severe thunderstorms and tornadoes.

In May, there was a two-week period that brought swinging temperatures, torrential rain, hail and wind. Our winters can also bring a variety of weather that can include anything from unseasonably warm temperatures to snow and ice storms.

This varying weather should serve as a reminder to us that we need to always be prepared. The more we learn about the various disasters that our businesses could face, the more we can do to protect them.

Water Damage

Water is one of the top causes of damage to businesses around the country. This can stem from severe weather or something internal like an appliance failure, and either way, it can cause extreme damage to your property.

Exterior flooding, like that from flash floods or river floods, can damage the foundation of your building when water seeps in through doors and the ground. With the Mississippi River so nearby, this is something we have to pay particular attention to.

If your property has the room, use your landscaping strategically to divert water away from your building. Adding flower beds, mulch and even excess dirt can be a great preventive measure.

Even a small drip can lead to water damage in your building, especially when it is allowed to leak for an extended amount of time. Check your plumbing regularly and watch for signs of water on walls and floors. Take a look at your ceilings and ensure there is no warping or discoloration. Staying on top of potential weakened areas now can save you money later.

Storm Damage

Storm damage to commercial buildings is common and can affect an entire community of businesses or only a single unit. Even a power outage, upturned trees and debris can be damaging to your building or keep you away from work.

A strong storm that blows through can tear off roofs or pull off shingles. These storms can bring winds of over 100 mph that can knock over freight trucks and cause irreversible structural damage. We have certainly seen some of these winds when strong storms blew through our own neighborhoods.

There are measures you can take to limit damages from storms, like installing window covers and updating your roof. Simple acts like checking the seals on your windows and doors are also preventive measures.

If you have a lot of area around the exterior of your property, take time to clear any loose limbs and dead plants while you secure any outdoor furniture before a storm moves in.

Know Who to Call

Commercial damage can happen in many different ways, with water damage and storm damage being the top causes. These events can be completely devastating and force owners to close for an extended amount of time or even permanently.

Thankfully, SERVPRO is available 247 to respond quickly to any disaster you may face. Our experts are your neighbors, and it is our goal to build a plan that will get you back in action faster.

If you have experienced damage to your business or want to learn more about our commercial damage restoration services, contact us today. We’re here to act fast, 247.

 

Stay on Track With Our Emergency Ready Plan | SERVPRO® of Cape Girardeau & Scott Counties

6/6/2022 (Permalink)

Running a business takes a lot of work. It is so much more than a full-time job, and often so much more than even an overtime job.

You have your staff to take care of, payroll to meet and a social media presence to create—all while trying to figure out the ever-changing landscape that is the business world today. It can be like walking a tightrope!

It only takes one business disruption to knock you off track for good. As a matter of fact, FEMA reports that 40% of small businesses don’t reopen after a natural disaster, and of the ones that do reopen, a quarter close within a year.

With our current business horizon still recovering from the shock of pandemic closures and concerns of what lies ahead, it is more important than ever to have a comprehensive plan that can see your business through anything that comes your way. Close to three quarters of small businesses don’t have any kind of recovery plan in place, and we want to change that.

SERVPRO wants to work with your Missouri business to get you ready and keep you prepared by creating an Emergency Ready Plan. We will work with you to create a plan that fits your company’s specific needs, covering every concern you could potentially have.

We can cover data recovery, backup and natural disasters, so no matter what your business faces you can hit “go” and continue moving forward. We will minimize your downtime and the overall impact to your business by ensuring you and your team know everything from chain of command to alternate vendors, work locations and so much more.

Since Cape Girardeau typically gets above the U.S. average of rain every year with flooding a risk, these plans are essential for our small businesses.

SERVPRO of Cape Girardeau & Scott Counties is your local expert in disaster recovery. We are locally owned and operated, and as your neighbors, we want your local business to thrive. Let us keep you on track with our Emergency Ready Plan so you can be a survivor no matter what comes your way.

When your business is ready to prioritize planning and safety to prevent extended downtime, contact SERVPRO to get the Emergency Ready Plan underway from the folks who know all there is to know about disaster and recovery.

Fire Prevention in Only a Few Steps | SERVPRO® of Cape Girardeau & Scott Counties

6/2/2022 (Permalink)

So far in 2022, the American Red Cross has responded to more than 20,000 house fires, which is only some of the total number of fires in the United States.

Smoke detectors will always be the best way to protect your home and your life, but there are other measures you can take to keep yourself safe. Even a simple cleaning is an act of prevention.

Clear the Clutter

Clutter in the home is likely something we all battle from time to time, but letting areas such as hallways, stairwells and small spaces contain unused items can be a fire hazard. Extra blankets, pillows and clothing can serve as fuel for a fire.

Cloth items left near a water heater can actually start a fire as the water heater warms up. Allowing your spaces to remain open and free of clutter not only gives you a clear escape route in the event of an emergency, but it can also slow a fire from spreading.

Extension cords can also become a source of fire when they are overloaded. Store any electrical appliances you don’t use and unplug anything you don’t use frequently.

Always allow space between furniture and outlets for proper airflow so you can prevent overheating.

Create a Defensible Space in Your Yard

The landscaping in your yard serves as an important way to protect your home from fires that start outside. With our sometimes volatile weather, ensuring your yard is clean and clear can help ensure firefighters have room to work and the progression of fire slows down before it gets to your doorstep.

Intentionally laying out your yard creates defensible zones. Some states (like California) have actually imposed requirements for zoning in yards, but this type of prevention is smart anywhere.

With the high risk of tornadoes and strong winds we often have, this type of landscaping can be extremely important in protecting your home from electrical fires spurred by storms.

Plant the flowers and shrubs you want, but place them strategically to offer your home protection. Keep dead limbs and plants cleaned up as these act as fuel and strengthen flames. Get outside after a storm rolls through and rake up anything that may have blown down to continuously keep your yard safe.

Keep It Clean & Keep It Safe

Keeping your home and yard clear of clutter isn’t the only way to practice prevention. Cleaning your chimney and stove regularly can eliminate a high fire risk area. Don’t forget to have your chimney inspected at least once a year as well.

Lowering your risk of fire isn’t all deep cleaning either. Killing those dust bunnies hiding under beds and behind furniture is a great way to prevent fires. Pay particular attention to dust around outlets and other electrical appliances.

Our houses continually serve us in new ways these days—work, play and relaxation. Cleaning it well is an easy way to prevent disaster caused by fire.

If you have experienced fire damage or want to learn more about our fire damage restoration services, contact us today. We’re here to act fast, 247

5 Interesting Facts about Hurricanes and Tornado Safety

5/16/2022 (Permalink)

5 Interesting Hurricane Facts

1. The term "hurricane" was derived from the Taino Native American word "hurucane," which means the "evil spirit wind."

2. The planet Jupiter has a hurricane that is bigger than the Earth itself and has been spinning for 300 years.

3. Every second, a hurricane releases the same amount of energy as ten atomic bombs.

4. At least 40% of the hurricanes that happen in the United States occur in Florida.

5. Hurricanes are only known as "hurricanes" in North America. They are called "typhoons" in Asia and "tropical cyclones" everywhere else in the world.

Building Safety Month

This week, the focus of Building Safety Month is on Disaster Preparedness, which is relevant to any type of natural disaster, not just hurricanes. Understanding Four Phases of Emergency Management can help you be better prepared for when a disaster may strike. Investing in things like a safe room can add tremendous value to your building safety. Visit iccsafe.org for other tips to make sure you are tornado-ready.

As always, SERVPRO of Cape Girardeau & Scott Counties is your locally-owned mitigation company that can help with any storm damage that you might have. We are available 24/7/365 at 573-339-1948.

Building Safety Month

5/9/2022 (Permalink)

Building Safety Month is an international campaign that takes place annually in the month of May to raise awareness about building safety, according to the International Code Council (ICC) website. This increasingly popular campaign reinforces the need for the adoption of modern, regularly updated building codes, and help individuals, families and businesses understand what it takes to create safe and sustainable structures. This initiative is presented by the International Code Council, a nonprofit association that is focused on building safety worldwide. The Code Council provides a wide range of building safety solutions and develops codes and standards used around the world to construct safe, sustainable, affordable, and resilient structures.

All communities need building codes to protect their citizens from disasters like fires, weather-related events such as flooding, and structural collapse. Model building codes, adopted and enforced by well-trained professional code officials, are society's best way of protecting homes, offices, schools, manufacturing facilities, stores, and entertainment venues.

Building Safety Month 2022

The theme for this year's campaign is Safety for All: Building Codes In Action. Regularly updated codes and a strong system of strict code enforcement ensures that individuals and communities are safe in the buildings where they live, work, and play. This campaign is supported by four core themes that will be highlighted throughout the month:

  • Week 1: Planning for a Safe & Sustainable Tomorrow
  • Week 2: Exploring Careers in Building Safety
  • Week 3: Understanding Disaster Mitigation
  • Week 4: Creating a Safe & Abundant Water Supply

You can help spread the word about Building Safety Month, the importance of building safety, and the role of code officials with your community! Use the hashtag #BuildingSafety365 to join the global conversation on social media, and you can tag us, too!

As always, if your residential or commercial property suffers from structural damage, call your local SERVPRO franchise professionals at 573-339-1948 to help make it "Like it never even happened."

What to Do When a Storm Moves In

5/5/2022 (Permalink)

a dark stormy sky with lighting strikes in the background SERVPRO of Cape Girardeau & Scott Counties is your 24/7 storm damage expert. Call us right away if you need immediate service.

Weather can be a scary thing when it turns extreme. There are an average of 100,000 thunderstorms in the United States annually. This frequent weather event can come with lightning, hail, heavy rain and strong winds that leave behind damage and other personal dangers.

Our weather brings a wide variety of temperatures, from cold winters to hot summers. We have experienced tornadoes, flooding from heavy rainfall and, of course, thunderstorms. Spring brings the highest percentage of storms as our temperatures fluctuate widely, but there is never a time of the year that we are exempt from severe weather.

This threat serves as a reminder to us to stay prepared with an emergency weather plan. From communication strategies to emergency kits, having a plan in place can ensure your safety and minimize the risk of damage to your property.

Your Severe Weather Communication Strategy

When bad weather strikes, it is key to be able to communicate with your entire household, as well as authorities. It is essential to understand the difference between a watch and warning so that you know when to stay and when to go.

You should have more than one way to receive alerts from weather officials. Your cell phone and a weather radio from the NOAA should be charged and ready for use before a storm begins.

communication strategy for everyone in your home should be the key piece of your weather plan. Each person should know where the designated safe space is in your home, typically a basement or bathroom. A system for those family members that may not be home should also be part of your emergency plan, so that all can check in with one another. The key goal is always knowing that everyone is safe and accounted for.

Your Severe Weather Emergency Kit

An emergency kit is something you can prepare ahead of time and update throughout the year. It should contain enough water and food for each member of your household to sustain them through 72 hours of sheltering in place.

First-aid supplies, flashlights, batteries and any comfort items that can aid in the calming of your family should also be in the kit.

Your Severe Weather Aftermath Checklist

After the storm moves on, you need to know what to do next in order to act quickly for both the safety of your family and to minimize any damages. Once it is safe to do so, you should check around your home for any damages, paying special attention to your windows, doors and roof. These areas are highly likely to allow water in, and you will want to mitigate any potential moisture leakage.

If your home has been damaged, make us your first call. Our trusted professionals at SERVPRO of Cape Girardeau and Scott Counties want to offer you peace of mind by starting your restorations quickly and getting you back to normal.

When you are able to gather your family, review your emergency plan and make any needed changes. Did your kit have enough in it? How did your communication system work? What more can you do to make everyone feel safe and calm for next time? Let your emergency plan be something you constantly revisit so you are always ready.

If you discover storm damage to your home or business, you can count on SERVPRO to handle the restoration. We’re here 247 to spring into action—get in touch with us today.

Hurricane Preparedness Week

4/28/2022 (Permalink)

National Hurricane Preparedness Week is a nationwide effort during the first week in May to raise awareness about being prepared for a hurricane to strike. This year it will be observed May 1-7, 2022. One way you can observe this week is create an emergency preparedness plan. Your plan should answer questions about safe shelter, best evacuation routes, effective communication methods, etc. You can tailor your plan to the specific needs of your household and have regular meetings to review the plan with your loved ones.

Next, focus on where you live. Your home might be sturdy, but will it be sturdy enough to handle strong hurricane winds? Research hurricane building code specifications and make sure your home meets them. Also check to see if your home insurance company covers flooding. Now is a great time to gather emergency supplies. From radios to flashlights to solar-powered chargers, you need to ensure you have everything you and your family need to survive. You should also restock on non-perishable food, water, and medicine to last for at least 3 days.

Hurricane preparedness is more important than ever before. Hurricanes have been getting worse due to climate change. Contact your local SERVPRO franchise for more readiness tips, including SERVPRO's Emergency READY Profile® (ERP). Having an ERP in place for your commercial facility can help minimize business interruption in the event of a disaster.

How does this affect Southeast Missouri?

While we are landlocked in Southeast Missouri, Hurricane Preparedness Week can be applied to tornado situations, which are much more popular in the Midwest. SERVPRO of Cape Girardeau & Scott Counties  deals with various storm cleanups, including tornadoes, and yes, even hurricanes. 

It is not uncommon for our local franchise out of Cape to send a team of people to aid in hurricane relief, when the situation arises. We aid other local SERVPRO franchises in their efforts to serve their community when the disaster is overwhelming.

Maybe you have a beach house that is subject to hurricanes that needs the attention that Hurricane Preparedness Week brings.

We want you safe. We want your home or business safe. And if and when you need us, we will help make it "Like it never even happened."

The Cost of Flood Damage

4/28/2022 (Permalink)

The International Code Council states that flooding is both the most common natural disaster in the United States and just one inch of water can cause catastrophic damage to homes and business. 

FEMA has an interactive tool that can help you visualize and see the cost of flood damage in your home. 

At SERVPRO of Cape Girardeau & Scott Counties, we regularly services homes and businesses that are affected by floodwater. It is critical to make sure you have a type of flood coverage on your insurance policy to help offset that dramatic costs you may see in a water damage situation caused by rainwater and floods. Talk with your local agent about adding that coverage, otherwise you would have to pay for the mitigation and expenses to rebuild/remodel out of your own pocket. 

Despite your insurance coverage, it is important to have the professionals at SERVPRO of Cape Girardeau & Scott Counties come in a mitigate the situation instead of trying to handle it yourself. Our protocols and knowledge help prevent future mold situations and also ensure the proper level of sanitization of the situation so that your home or business is not left with harmful bacteria and contents from the water.

We are available 24/7/365 to service your flood emergencies. Don't hesitate to call us at 573-339-1948.

It's The Water You Don't See

4/28/2022 (Permalink)

Even small water damages have the potential to cause serious structural and indoor air quality issues over time. The key to avoiding costly future restoration is to handle every water problem as a real threat to your property. SERVPRO of Cape Girardeau & Scott Counties has the equipment, training, and experience to find and dry unseen water before secondary damages occur.

The proper equipment makes a measurable difference in reducing the damage expense during a fire or water loss. When time matters, technology and equipment must be counted on to perform. Your local SERVPRO® franchise professionals will answer your call with fast action and a full arsenal of drying equipment. Some of the tools we use are as follows:

  • Moisture Sensors
  • Moisture Meters
  • Thermohygrometers
  • ULV Foggers
  • Thermal Foggers

The bottom line? Your local SERVPRO® franchise professionals at SERVPRO of Cape Girardeau & Scott Counties have the training and equipment to make it “Like it never even happened.”

Why use SERVPRO?

4/28/2022 (Permalink)

With more than 50 years of industry experience, SERVPRO is a leader of fire, water, mold, and other specialty cleanup and restoration services. Our network of more than 2,000 franchises has responded to property damage emergencies ranging from multi-million dollar large losses to those suffered by individual businesses and homes. Providing coverage in the United States and Canada, SERVPRO has earned the trust of major insurance companies, commercial clients, and countless homeowners.

Locally, SERVPRO of Cape Girardeau & Scott Counties has been around for nearly 30 years. We are recognized and trusted locally. We are proud and humbled to become a recognized household name. We gladly serve our customers and our community through our efforts. We are certified and trained professionals. You can be confident in using us.