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

5/10/2022 (Permalink)

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

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. 

Water and Its Progression of Damage

4/25/2022 (Permalink)

a bathroom sink showing signs of a water leak No matter the damage sustained, SERVPRO of Jonesboro has the tools and team to help your home return to a normal state quickly.

That tiny water spot or drippy faucet might be something you’ll “deal with later,” but never underestimate the total destruction moisture can have on your house. The average leak in a home can waste almost 10,000 gallons of water in a year.

When water damage starts, it moves quickly, soaking walls, floors, and any soft surfaces. The faster you handle a problem, the better your results will be. Here is a basic timeline of water damage and what you need to know.

In the First 24 Hours

Every household has a one in four chance of incurring flood damage over a 30-year period in a high-risk area. Knowing your next move after spotting water is essential.

The first 24 to 48 hours after a flood or other water damage are the most crucial. Some of the items in your home will begin to take on water immediately and become victims of its terrible effects.

Upholstery and furniture will become saturated, while wooden structures will begin to swell as water takes over. Personal belongings such as books and photographs are particularly vulnerable to warping and becoming damaged beyond recognition. Mold also begins to set up in this timeframe. Quick action is the best way to save as much as possible.

SERVPRO wants to “restore vs. replace” your items to both save you money and save your irreplaceable keepsakes. Any items that cannot be restored correctly will be communicated to you. We will also handle any removal of ruined items in order to continue the drying process in your home.

Within the First Week

After the first day, water will continue to progress further, quickly damaging more and more items. Mold will spread like a fire in an environment with excessive moisture and can begin to damage the home’s structure.

Porous surfaces like wood and even your walls will become compromised as they continue to become saturated with water, while metal surfaces will start to corrode.

After One Week

Moisture should not be allowed to sit for any extended amounts of time as some effects will be catastrophic or even irreversible. The more time that passes, the more effort is required to restore items. Cost and risk go up substantially as well while the structure of the home will likely be compromised.

How SERVPRO Will Help

SERVPRO can start the restoration process the moment you call, even in the first 24 hours. Service will begin with a complete extraction of water in order to prevent any additional spread and reduce drying time.

Floors, furniture, and other large items will likely require cleaning, sanitizing, and deodorization. Once the majority of the water is removed, our specialized team will use equipment to dry water that can’t even be seen.

Once these first few steps are complete, there may be a need for construction in order to get your home back to preloss condition. This could involve minor repairs or even a complete rebuild of affected areas.

We can simplify the restoration process by working with you through the initial damage assessment all the way to any needed reconstruction. SERVPRO will constantly update you on each step and get you back in your space faster.

Regardless of the type of water damage sustained, SERVPRO has the tools and teams to help your home or business recover. Contact us 247 when you need a dependable team to help you recover.

How Long Will My Water Job Take?

4/18/2022 (Permalink)

After arriving onsite to water damage, many times while getting started the first question a customer will ask is, "how long will this take?"  We here at SERVPRO of Jonesboro know that your time is valuable, we want to get the job done as fast as possible and make you say it looks "Like it never even happened."

The typical timeline for a water job is 3-5 days.  The first day of contact with us is all about stabilization.  At this point, there often has not been enough time to be in touch with insurance agents and adjusters to figure out what we are allowed to proceed with. To stabilize the situation, we set up equipment and extract standing water if possible.  

If adjuster contact is made on day 1 or possibly on day 2 we will be clear as to what we are allowed to tear out and fix. We begin that work and continue drying the affected area. Days 2-5 are dedicated to drying and monitoring your job.

After the job has been completed, the last step is for us to pick up our equipment, have the final paperwork signed and send billing. That is how simple a job handled by SERVPRO of Jonesboro can be.

Our technicians are here to help, call today for all your water damage needs.


Water Damage in Your Basement?

4/12/2022 (Permalink)

Each year SERVPRO of Jonesboro responds to calls for help with water-damaged basements all across NEA.. Here are some tips on preventing basement water seepage:

Reseal your basement 

  • Water in the basement is often caused by cracks in building foundations or floor slabs. If you notice water seepage after heavy rain when you've never had a problem, it may mean that your once-waterproof cement floors and basement walls have deteriorated. Painting vulnerable areas with water sealant can prevent seepage.

Make sure water drains away from the building

  • Seepage is exacerbated by soil that has settled in a way to make water flow toward the building. After a storm, and especially if the ground is already saturated, rainwater that flows towards the building goes down the outside of the foundation wall, potentially through any cracks.

Install a backwater valve

  • Though less common than other causes of basement water, sewer backups are messy. Learn more about your sewer responsibilities and install and maintain a backwater valve, which allows sewage to go out, but not come back in.

Call Us Today!

We have a team of water damage restoration technicians on call and ready to assist you 24-hours a day. Call us today at 870-9340501. We’ll restore your water damage “Like it never even happened.”

Large Commercial Flooding

3/15/2022 (Permalink)

Floods are a common occurrence in any property over time, but when floods occur in a large commercial building with multiple floors, the situation becomes quite a bit more complicated. A common scenario for flooding in large buildings is a flood in a higher floor or level that then leaks and seeps down into the walls and rooms of the lower levels of the buildings. This makes locating all affected areas quite difficult, in addition to this the flood and water can have a huge impact on the other infrastructure within the building such as plumbing and electrical. An issue such as this can also easily serve as a catalyst for a larger problem within the building. Here at SERVPRO, we can handle your commercial flood; no matter the severity. If you have any questions regarding your home or commercial building call SERVPRO of Jonesboro at (870)934-0501.

Water Restoration Profesionals

3/15/2022 (Permalink)

Despite the magazines, television shows, and internet articles that may have you thinking otherwise, water damage restoration is a job that should only be performed by certified professionals. SERVPRO of Jonesbor's technicians not only have the know-how to get the job done right, but they also have the specialized tools needed to thoroughly dry your home, preventing further damage.

Additional benefits of hiring a professional water damage restoration company:

  1. Health Hazards: Depending on the source of the water damage, safety can become a concern. There are three varying degrees of water damage, ranging from clean water to black water, each more hazardous than the next. Blackwater, the most dangerous of the three, is water that has come into contact with fecal matter, a haven for harmful bacteria and disease-causing pathogens.
  2. Hidden Damage: Water damage is not always obvious. Sometimes it is found inside walls and under flooring. If you attempt a DIY restoration and fail to diagnose hidden damage, the resulting issues could be extreme…and expensive.
  3. Peace of Mind: Hiring a professional restoration company gives you peace of mind knowing you have done everything in your power to rectify the situation.

Responding to Your Water Loss

3/8/2022 (Permalink)

Water damage can be chaotic and traumatic. The restoration process begins when you call us. SERVPRO of Jonesboro is available 24 hours a day for water emergencies, large or small. When you are dealing with water damage, immediate action is crucial. Even a delay of a few hours can greatly increase the severity of the water damage.

What to Expect

When you call, we will ask several questions regarding your water damage emergency. These questions will help us determine what equipment and resources to bring, including how many trained SERVPRO professionals may be needed.

Our SERVPRO Representative will ask several questions:

  • Your name and contact information
  • Your insurance information (if applicable)
  • The street address of the water-damaged home or business
  • When did the flooding or water damage occur?
  • What caused the water damage (if known)?
  • Is there electricity available (on-site)?

SERVPRO of Jonesboro is your fire and water damage restoration specialist. We are always Here to Help, 24/7. Give us a call at (870) 934-0501 for immediate assistance!

Your Commercial Emergency Ready Plan

3/8/2022 (Permalink)

Water damage is one of the largest loss causes we deal with in commercial properties, yet only a small percentage of clients have a formal Emergency Readiness Plan in place.  

SERVPRO of Jonesboro offers Emergency Readiness Plans to all commercial businesses at no cost.  We are happy to help gather the necessary information, put together a plan, and submit it to all personnel to have at their fingertips in case of an emergency.

Even a small amount of water can cause a significant loss to high-valued equipment.  In a space with low content, there can still be significant costs.  Water damage can mean tearing out flooring, ceilings, walls, and insulation.  There is also the potential problem of the space being unusable and causing slow or shut down business until the work is completed.  The magnitude of these losses is often dependent on how prepared the business is to handle the disruption.  

Contact SERVPRO of Jonesboro at 870-934-0501 to schedule your free Emergency Readiness Plan as soon as possible so your business is prepared.

Fire in Your Dryer?

3/1/2022 (Permalink)

When talking about fire safety in the home there are things like smoke detectors and fire extinguishers that are obvious, but there are also some that are not so obvious, like your dryer vents for example. Have you had yours cleaned recently? Here are some signs that it might have been a little too long since your last dryer vent cleaning.

  • Hot Dryer and Clothes – If your clothes are coming out of the dryer hotter than usual or the outside of the dryer feels extra hot, the culprit may be a dirty dryer vent not allowing heat to dissipate as well
  • Clothes Taking Too Long to Dry – On the flip side, if you find that your clothes are taking too long to dry and require more than one cycle to finish this could also be a problem with the dryer vent, as a clogged vent will not allow any of the water vapor to be removed from the dryer keeping everything wet for longer
  • Smell – If the dryer is in use and you smell a burning smell this is a huge issue, you should turn off the dryer immediately. The exhaust tube, lint trap, and drum of the dryer can get clogged and cause a fire hazard from lint buildup

You should have your dryer vent inspected and cleaned at least once a year to prevent any dangerous situations in your home. Give us a call here at SERVPRO of Jonesboro and let our team of professionals come out and help keep your home safe from accidental fires.