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Commercial Damage and Its Causes

6/20/2022 (Permalink)

a large commercial building with extensive damage to roof and siding SERVPRO of Jonesboro is your local commercial disaster team. Contact us to learn more about our commercial damage restoration services.

Local businesses move our country forward, and they have since its inception. We all likely visit multiple businesses in a day, between work, play, and shopping.

When you own one of those local businesses, you carry a heavy load with simply managing the day-to-day operations. When a disaster strikes, the consequences can be devastating.

Damage caused by natural weather events has been on the rise in the United States recently. Over the last five years, there has been an estimated $153 billion worth of damage annually, which represents a significant incline from previous periods.

Jonesboro has certainly had its share of severe weather. While our winters are generally mild with cold temperatures and even the occasional snow, our springs are wrought with severe thunderstorms and tornadoes.

Just this past April, a storm system moved through that brought high winds and tornadoes, leaving behind downed trees, missing roof shingles, and power outages across our area. This weather event was reminiscent of the tornadoes that tore through in 2020 and left so many without a home—and was one more reminder that we must always stay ready.

The more we learn about potential hazards both across the nation and right here at home, the more we can protect our businesses.

Water Damage

Water and moisture are both a major threat to businesses around the country. Damage from water can happen in a variety of ways, either from external sources like flooding or an internal source like an appliance failure. No matter where it comes from, a water disaster can cause absolute chaos on a commercial property.

Exterior flooding, like that from a flash flood or an overflowing river, can seep through doors and the ground floor where it can affect your foundation. If the space around your building allows it, you can use your landscaping to divert water away from your grounds. Flower beds, mulch, and even just extra soil can build a barrier and protect your business.

Water damage can also occur when a leak is left unattended for an extended amount of time. Plumbing should be checked on a regular basis to watch for signs of drips, paying special attention to warping or discoloration along the floor or walls. Taking these steps now can help you avoid costly repairs later.

Storm Damage

Storm damage to commercial properties is extremely common and can take out a single unit, a roof tile, or an entire community of businesses. Even a power outage or debris caused by a dangerous storm can damage your business and keep you away from work for an extended amount of time.

A powerful storm can rip off a roof or cause structural damage that could be irreversible. These storms can bring winds of over 100 mph that can knock over freight trucks and uproot trees as if they were twigs.

You can minimize the damage to your building with a few upgrades such as storm-protective window covers and updates to your roofing. While these repairs can be rather costly, there are also low-cost ways to protect your building.

Check the seals on your windows and doors and keep up with regular maintenance and cleaning on your building. Walk your property before a storm and ensure any loose items are secured and dead plants are cleared out. Take care of your building now to avoid costly repairs later.

Know Who to Call

As a business owner, commercial damage is the last item you want to add to your list of things to be handled. Storm damage, water damage from internal sources, and fire damage can force you to close for repairs or even cause a total loss of business.

Thankfully, we are available 247 to respond to your emergencies faster. Our experts are prepared for any disaster your business may face. We will build a plan and a timeline that gets you back in action as fast as possible.

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.

Storm Drain

6/15/2022 (Permalink)

Storm drains are the grated drains you see on almost every street. They are essential for removing water from your neighborhood. When high amounts of water, usually rain, accumulate, storm drains create a space for water to flow and be removed from the area. Without them, water would build up causing flooding to the surrounding area. You must keep storm drains clear at all times to protect your property from a water intrusion. Leaves, dirt, twigs, trash, and other debris build up when they are too big to fit through the drain grate. You must remove this debris regularly to prevent a backup. Also, be sure no vegetation is growing close to a drain as it could cause a clog. Lastly do not build any walls or fences near a storm drain that could cause an obstruction. Put a reminder in your calendar to clean them regularly so you do not forget. You do not want to find out your storm drain is blocked that hard way by having a flood at your home. If you do experience flooding of any kind call the pros immediately at (870)934-0501.

How to Clean Build-Up in Your Home

6/8/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Jonesboro knows that we get our fair share of sunny days throughout the year, however, it also brings the occasional rainstorm. Our rainstorms are often accompanied by heavy wind and very strong rain. By dumping a high volume of water in a relatively short amount of time, it’s important to take precautionary measures to prevent building that can affect your drain pipes.
 
One measure you can take is cleaning out your home’s gutters and storm drains after a storm hits, and you can do it in three easy steps:
 
First, start by scooping out debris. Find a ladder and securely place it against your home so you are able to reach the gutters comfortably. Start at the end closest to the drain outlet and gradually work your way to the other end, removing loose debris as you go.
 
Second, use a hose to spray a steady stream of water through the gutters towards the drain outlet. This will help remove any stubborn dirt and debris that may still be holding on from when you were scooping.
 
Third, be sure to check your drain pipes for any blockage. In some instances, rainstorms can force material into the pipes, causing potentially severe damage. A good way to detect if your drain pipes are blocked is if you see a trickle of water rather than a flow coming from them. If this is the case, try using a hose at the top of the gutter and spraying directly into the outlet to help clear any congestion.
 
Following these steps will help prevent your gutters and storm drains from taking on damage from blockage and build-up. If you experience any major damage like indoor flooding give SERVPRO of Jonesboro a call at (870)934-0501 and our experts will be there to help you resolve and repair the issue!

Emergency Storm Kit

6/7/2022 (Permalink)

When you think about severe storms and how to be prepared for them, one of the most important tools to survive is to have a good Emergency Kit in your home. There are different options that you can buy online, but you can also build your own and accommodate it to your family-specific needs. Even though you can add unique items to yours, there are some things that are basic to any emergency kit and that we recommend that you should have when making your own, those are:

  • First-Aid Kit
  • Flashlight and extra batteries
  • Water
  • Non-perishable food 
  • Any medicine currently being taken
  • Matches and candles in a waterproof container.
  • Battery-powered radio and extra batteries
  • Extra change of clothes and shoes
  • Pet supplies (if you are taking care of an animal)
  • Sleeping bag or a blanket
  • Cellphone fully charged

These are just a few examples of what an emergency kit should contain. Residents can add whatever else they may need. There should be an emergency kit in every residential building as well as all commercial buildings if possible. Aside from having an emergency kit ready, a plan should also be in place. If there is a designated storm area inside the home or office, occupants should head there with the emergency kits. Severe storms cannot be avoided, but with the right tools and resources, they can be easier to deal with.

SERVPRO of Jonesboro wants to make sure Jonesboro and the surrounding areas are prepared!

Be Ready for Anything With an Emergency Ready Plan

6/6/2022 (Permalink)

three SERVPRO employees unloading equipment out of a green van Does your business have a plan in place to prevent extended downtime? Contact SERVPRO of Jonesboro to learn about our Emergency Ready Plan.

Running a business requires far more hours than your typical employment. You may consistently find yourself well into what most would call overtime. Keeping up with the demands of your staff, payroll, and the ever-changing landscape that is business today—all while marketing your brand and competing in the marketplace—can quickly become overwhelming.

One disruption in your business can throw you off track for good when you are unprepared. According to FEMA, 40% of small businesses don’t ever reopen after a disaster, and of those that do, another quarter close within a year.

In our current market which is still scarred by the memory of pandemic shutdowns and uncertainty about what lies ahead, it is essential for your business to have a plan in the event of an emergency or disaster. Close to three-quarters of small businesses do not have an emergency plan in place, and we want to make sure that changes.

We will evaluate your needs and address any potential concerns you may have as we walk with you to create a custom Emergency Ready Plan. SERVPRO is proud to help small businesses, the true heart of our community, in Jonesboro get ready and stay ready for anything that may come our way.

We can cover everything from natural disasters to data backup and recovery. Our goal is that the day your business faces disaster you can hit “go” and launch your plan, minimizing your downtime and overall impact.

You and your team will know everything, including the chain of command, alternate work locations, reliable vendors, and each step to take at what time. With the number of tornadoes, we have each spring and summer, having a plan in place is incredibly important for all of us.

Don’t let a disaster make your road to a successful business any tougher than it already is. Let us work with you so you can continually move forward with an Emergency Ready Plan. We are locally owned and operated at SERVPRO of Jonesboro, and we want to ensure that your business can not only survive a disaster but thrive.

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.

Why Is It Important to Clean up Water Damage

5/25/2022 (Permalink)

Homeowners can reduce damage from water leaks in NEA homes and businesses if the water is cleaned up quickly before secondary damage occurs. For example, carpets soaked in water can delaminate if they are not dried quickly. Colors leach from objects left on the floor and may damage other materials close to them. Wood floors can absorb moisture, and swell causing cupping and displacement.

SERVPRO’s fast response team can be onsite very quickly after your call about water damage in your NEA home. We assess the situation and begin removing excess water, moving contents to a staging area to dry them and protect them. Drying mats are utilized on hardwood floors. Water extractors are used on carpets to extract water from the carpeting and the underpad.

Our fast response, water extraction, and drying can also prevent mold from becoming an issue. Our rapid response can also minimize damage to drywall and particle board, common materials used in homes.

The services provided by SERVPRO include:

  • Emergency services water damage restoration
  • Ceiling repairs from water damage
  • Water cleanup from burst pipes

Call SERVPRO of Jonesboro for water damage remediation. We can help 24/7. Call (870) 934-0501.

Steps to Take to Prevent Fire in the Home

5/24/2022 (Permalink)

interior view of a room with items completely destroyed by fireinterior view of a room with items completely destroyed by fir If your home is damaged in a house fire, SERVPRO of Jonesboro is here to help. Contact us at (870) 934-0501 for any fire restoration needs.

The American Red Cross has responded to more than 20,000 house fires already in 2022, and that only represents some of the total number of fires across the United States.

Smoke detectors are the best preventive tool in your home, but there are steps you can take to protect your life and loved ones. Even simple acts of cleaning can help make your home fire-safe.

Clear the Clutter

Clutter may be a daily battle in your home already, but letting spaces like stairs, halls, and utility areas pile up can be a fire hazard. Extra clothing, blankets, and pillows are fuel to a fire, furthering its spread.

Cloth items left near a water heater can actually start a fire when the water heater turns on. The more you allow your spaces to stay open, the slower a fire can progress and the safer you are able to exit in the event of an emergency.

Overloaded extension cords are another area of your home with a high fire risk. Remove any electrical appliances you don’t use, and unplug those that you don’t use frequently.

Always leave plenty of room between furniture and wall outlets to avoid overheating by allowing for proper airflow.

Create a Defensible Space in Your Yard

Your yard can protect your home from fires that originate outside. Being intentional with your landscaping both allows space for firefighters to work and slows the progression of a fire before it gets to your house.

This is so effective that states like California have actually imposed defensible zone regulations for yards, but this type of yard work is smart everywhere. We frequently experience high winds, tornadoes, and severe thunderstorms here, especially in the spring. Our yards are key in stopping electrical fires spurred by these storms.

This doesn’t mean you have to limit what you plant, rather it means strategically placing your plants and trees to offer the most protection. You should also keep your yard clear of dead plants and limbs as these serve as fuel for fires and contribute to the spread. After one of our strong storms clears out, go outside and clean up. It does more than improve appearances.

Keep It Clean & Keep It Safe

Cleaning the clutter from your home and yard is only part of how you can protect your house. Have your chimney inspected yearly, and clean your stove regularly to eliminate two high fire risk areas.

It isn’t only deep-cleaning that acts as prevention either; even dusting protects your home. Kill those dust bunnies with pleasure, especially around electrical appliances and wall outlets.

Our homes are no longer only a place of rest—these days, we work, play, and learn in them. Keeping it clean is the easiest way to prevent a disaster from 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.

Summer Months and Water Damage

5/23/2022 (Permalink)

Summer is officially here and with that comes the heat! To beat this heat, we run our air conditioning. This extended use of air conditioning units in these summer months means, if not properly maintained, can cause drainage issues. To try and avoid this, make sure to change your air filter regularly. Also, regular inspections and cleanings are important to try and prevent any issues in your unit from occurring or worsening. 

One thing that is always good to keep an eye on is the drain pan. Check to make sure water isn’t accumulating in the pan. Another thing to keep in mind is the potential for pipes to burst. Although burst pipes are more common during the colder months, hot summer weather can still cause this for a home or property owner. If there is a significant change in your water pressure then this should be inspected. While it could simply be nothing, it could also be a sign that there is a problem that could lead to a broken pipe.

Another thing to keep an eye out for is cracks appearing in the walls, especially around the corners. This could mean there are changes to your foundation, which could lead to a slab leak. 

These are a few things to watch out for in the summer months so that the summer can be enjoyed. If you do happen to have a need for an inspection or have water damage give us a call at (870) 934-0501.

Why You Should Have An Emergency Weather Plan | SERVPRO® of Jonesboro

5/10/2022 (Permalink)

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Severe weather can be scary, especially when you are not prepared. Thunderstorms can include intense rainfall, hail, lightning, and strong wind gusts that can leave behind a wake of destruction.

Every year, the United States sees close to 100,000 thunderstorms across the nation, making this frequent weather event something we should all pay close attention to.

None of us in Jonesboro will soon forget the destructive tornadoes we have had over the years, particularly the one in 2020 that ripped apart many of our neighborhoods. Already in 2022, we have had severe thunderstorms with rotation in our area, as well as hail, flooding, and lightning.

These severe events are a blunt reminder that we should always be prepared. An emergency plan that includes strong communication strategies, emergency kits, and preparation for after the storm can be lifesaving during an extreme event.

Your Severe Weather Communication Strategy

When the weather gets rough, having ways to communicate with your household and receive outside communication is key to keeping everyone safe. First and foremost you need to understand the difference between a watch and a warning so that you know when to move to safety.

It is always wise to keep multiply ways to receive emergency alerts from weather officials. Most agencies recommend at least two sources, which can include a cell phone and an NOAA weather radio.

You should also create a communication plan for your entire family so that you all stay in sync with each other throughout the storm. Locate a spot in your home to be your safe space, typically a bathroom or basement, and ensure that even the youngest in your house knows how to get there.

Make sure that you have a strategy for communicating with anyone who may not be at home during the disaster. The main goal is to account for everyone’s safety as quickly as possible.

Your Severe Weather Emergency Kit

In your designated safe space, you should keep an emergency kit with supplies for each member of your household. Water and non-perishable food items that can sustain you for up to 72 hours in the event you need to shelter in place, flashlights, batteries, and first-aid supplies should all be included in this kit.

You may also want to include comfort items such as blankets and games to keep your loved ones calm and comfortable.

Your Severe Weather Aftermath Checklist

You need to know how to respond in the aftermath of a storm so that you can quickly take any necessary steps to begin securing your home. At the first safe opportunity, you should assess your property for any damage.

You will want to thoroughly note the condition of your roof, windows, and doors to ensure their seals are intact and no moisture is entering your home.

If your home is damaged, make us your first call. Our trained professionals are available day or night to provide a quick response and start the restoration process as soon as possible. SERVPRO of Jonesboro is locally owned, and as your neighbors, we want to offer you peace of mind in the midst of tragedy and get you back to your home faster.

Once the storm has moved on and cleanup has been completed, gather your family to discuss your emergency plan. Take an audit of each piece and how it worked. Did all of your communication strategies help? Did you have enough in your emergency kit? Make adjustments so that every family member feels safe and comfortable the next time severe storms affect our area.

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.

Prevent a Dryer Fire

5/5/2022 (Permalink)

Do you have a dryer? Of course, you do. One of the most commonly found appliances in homes can cause damage if not taken care of properly. The fear of a dryer fire is one that is not commonly heard of, however, it is a threat that you should be aware of. According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, there are an estimated annual 15,500 fires, 10 deaths, and 10 injuries due to clothes dryer fires. In some cases, faulty appliances are to blame, but many fires can be prevented with proper dryer venting.

Here are some small steps to take to Avoid a Dryer Fire:

1. Dryers produce large amounts of lint. Be sure to clean the lint trap after EVERY use of the dryer.

2. Dryer Vents should ONLY be made of metal and be short and straight. Bends and curves result in lint buildup increasing the risk of a fire. 

3. Do not run the dryer when you are away from home or sleeping. 

Following these tips will greatly reduce the chances of a dryer fire at your home. However, if a fire does occur call SERVPRO of Jonesboro at 870-934-0501.