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Let us lend a Hand

7/14/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Montgomery & Pulaski Counties specialize in Storm or Flood damage restoration.  Our crews are highly trained and we use specialized equipment to restore your property to pre-storm condition, "Like it never even happened."

FASTER RESPONSE

Since we are locally owned and operated, we are able to respond quicker with the right resources, which is extremely important.  A faster response lessens the damage, limits further damage and reduces the restoration cost. We also can offer content cleani8n and storage if needed.

RESOURCES TO HANDLE FLOODS & STORMS

When storms hit our area we can scale our resources to handle a large storm or flooding disaster.  We can access equipment and personnel from a network of 1650 franchises across the country and elite Disaster Recovery Teams that are strategically located throughout the United States.

If you are faced with storm or flood damage, call us today!

SERVPRO of Montgomery & Pulaski Counties  

(540) 731-3080

FASTER TO ANY SIZE DISASTER!

Lightening Safety

7/12/2021 (Permalink)

  • All thunderstorms produce lightning and are dangerous.  However, people can remain safe, as long as they follow some simple guidelines when thunderstorms are in the forecast.
  • Lightning will often strike outside the area of heavy rain and may strike as far as 10 miles from any rainfall.  A lot of the lightning deaths that occur happen either before the storm before any rain has arrived, or after the storm has appeared to have passed and the rain has ended.
  • If you can hear the thunder, you are in danger.  Do not be fooled by the clear blue skies.  If you can hear the thunder, that means that lightning is close enough to pose as an immediate threat.
  • Lightning leaves many of its victims with permanent disabilities.  While only about 10% of lightning victims die, many of the survivors are left with intense pain, neurological disabilities, depressions, and other health problems that stick with them for the rest of their lives.

Visit www.weather.gov/lightning to learn about how you can stay safe during a thunder and lightning storm.

Helpful Tips for Your Office

7/12/2021 (Permalink)

Flood damage, burst pipes, and storms, OH MY! It feels like, between all the crazy weather we have had in the past year, we have enough to worry about when it comes to potential water damages affecting our businesses. However, there is a hidden danger that lies within your business's walls that needs to be paid attention to. Leaking and blocked appliances may not seem like a big deal, but it does not take a lot of time for a little leak to cause a lot of damage to your business. Taking the time to pay attention and keeping your appliances up to date can not only save you a lot of money in the long run, but it can also ensure you are keeping your business doors open and operating. Here are some helpful tips on how to make sure you're making your appliances a priority.

Mark Your Calendar

When you purchase new appliances, make sure you write down the expiration dates and recommended replacement dates on their parts and hoses. You have enough to remember throughout your busy days, so this allows you to write it down and forget about it (until the time comes to make replacements that is).

Make a Date Every Friday Afternoon

Cut out 30 minutes every Friday afternoon and walk around and check all your appliances that are hooked up to a water source. Check for blockages, the hoses, and any leaks, so that you can make sure you are not leaving them unattended for a whole weekend. A small leak over a two-day span could not only create a large amount of damage, but it could be the cause for you having to close your business's doors for a few days. Keeping up with your appliances will help keep your weekend as stress-free as possible.

Don't Put it Off

When you find the problem, fix the problem. Replace a leaky hose, or call a plumber to clear the blockage in your drains or sinks before it is too late. Finding and fixing an issue early on will save you a lot of trouble, time, and money, so don't put it off!

Children and Storms

7/12/2021 (Permalink)

When preparing for a major storm don't forget to make sure children know the plan and what to do and when. For some kids a bad thunderstorm is enough to keep them up at night so a major storm may cause major fear in little ones. A good idea is to explain to them what is happening with the weather and what the impact is expected to be. The adults should make sure to have plans in place and supplies for the storm depending on how major the storm is planned to be. It would be a great idea to go over this with children so they feel safe and they know what to do. If they are old enough maybe give them a small responsibility like being in charge of their flashlight. The main goal is everyone feels confident and safe in the plan and getting through the storm. 

Dirty Building Blues?

7/12/2021 (Permalink)

The pandemic has brought a new level of issues for business. Cleaning and disinfection is key for safety and health of the staff and customers . Daily sweeping and mopping can help to alleviate some of the damage but a professional cleaning to your building can really make all the difference. Here at SERVPRO we are trained and ready to bring out the best of your workplace with a professional cleaning. 

For Businesses in need we are able to work on carpet and upholstery as well as drapes and blinds. We can clean your ceilings, walls,floors and even provide odor removal if necessary. Don't let the burden of clean get you down call us today to discuss how we can help you. We can now offer the Certified SERVPRO Clean option for commercial and residential locations. Call us today for more details.

SERVPRO of Montgomery & Pulaski Counties

                         540-731-3080

Prevention Tips

7/12/2021 (Permalink)

You cannot predict when water damage may occur, but there are prevention tips you can follow to try and keep it at bay.  Paying attention to your plumbing and fixtures can make all the difference.  These tips from the Water Damage Defense website can help guide you what to focus on in order to prevent water damage from occurring.

1. Pamper your Water Heater

Have a plumber come to your home and inspect and maintain your water heater on a regular basis.

2. Replace Appliance Hoses

Make sure you replace the hoses on your appliances such as washing machines, dishwashers, and ice makers at any sign of a wear!  They are cheap to replace, so use the highest quality replacements to ensure the best results, and replace them even before the manufacturer's suggested timetable!

3. Pay Attention to your Toilet

Make sure you stay in the room until your toilet finishes refilling.  Also, make sure you are getting your toilets inspected by a plumber regularly.

4. Know How to Shut off your Water

When a supply leak occurs, turn off the water as soon as possible!  Make sure everyone in your house knows how to do this.

5. Pay Attention to your Plumbing System

Watch your plumbing systems for signs of wear.  This could include noisy pipes, signs of moisture on your walls or floors, and rust-stained water.

6. Make Sure you have a Reliable Sump Pump

Make sure your sump pump and backup sump pump are reliable and working to protect your basement!

Emergency in Your Office? Call the right Professionals for the job

7/12/2021 (Permalink)

Flooding and water damage events in the New River Valley or Pulaski County commercial properties are often complex with numerous issues that require a knowledgeable and flexible response.  Whether we're dealing with a relatively small water cleanup scenario or a large scale event, we work quickly to assess each unique situation and isolate the damaged area.  In many instances, normal operations can continue in a temporary space while we restore your facility.

Restoring Commercial Properties Present 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 Montgomery & Pulaski Counties

SERVPRO of Montgomery & Pulaski counties 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.

Water Bill Savings Tips

7/12/2021 (Permalink)

It may be hot outside, but that doesn't mean your water bill has to skyrocket. Here are some helpful tips on how you can lower your water bill this summer!

Fix Those Leaks!
Go around your house and make sure none of your appliances, faucets, hoses, or any plumbing are showing signs of leaks. We've talked about how harmful even the smallest of leaks can be to your home in regards to leaving water damage behind, but they can also drain thousands of gallons of water from your home along with the money you could be saving on your water bill.

Keep Drinking Water in Your Fridge
Fill pitchers or re-usable water bottles with water and store them in your fridge. Not only is this better for the environment by not using wasteful plastic bottles of water, but it will ensure you always have a nice glass of cold water waiting for you without having to run your tap waiting for your sink to get cold. This is a great way to save on your water bill and help keep waste out of the environment.

Fill Up That Dishwasher
Running your dishwasher utilizes less water than washing dishes individually in the sink. Make sure you fill your dishwasher completely to ensure maximum water savings.

Insulate Your Water Pipes
By insulating your water pipes with foam you can buy at a hardware store, you will help your water be able to heat up faster. The foam comes already cut in the shape of the pipe, and all you have to do it tape it up; you will be surprised at the difference it can make. This way you will not waste as much water running your faucet until it heats up.

Trash Those Scraps
The disposal on your sink may save you a trip across the room to the trashcan, but it may be the reason your water bill has increased. It requires water to be running while it is in use, which may be adding on to your bill without you even realizing it.

Use Cold Water For Your Washes
Washing your clothes in cold water gets them just as clean, and it will actually keep colors better than washing in warm water. Cold water washes will save you in water and energy as well!

By starting to implement these tips into your everyday routine you will see how these small changes can make a big difference in your water bill!

Swimming Safety

7/12/2021 (Permalink)

For many people, the summer means swimming! And while swimming can be a great way to cool off in the summer heat, it is important that we are keeping an eye on all and any children tempted by the cool water, no matter how hectic and busy the parties may get.

Here are some tips provided by CPSC.gov to ensure your child's safety this summer!

Staying Close, Being Alert and Watching Children in and Around the Pool

  • Always keep an eye on your children around any body of water, and never leave them unattended!
  • Make sure your child is aware of basic water safety tips
  • Keep small children away from pool drains, pipes, and other openings to avoid entrapment
  • Make sure to keep a telephone close by whenever you are near a body of water
  • If a child is missing, look for them in the water first
  • Share safety instructions with family, friends, and neighbors, so everyone will be alert

Learning and Practicing Water Safety Skills

  • Make sure both you and your child know how to swim if you will be in the water
  • Learn how to perform CPR on children and adults, and update those skills regularly
  • Understand the basics of life-saving so that you can assist in any water emergency

Following these tips and being aware this summer will not only keep your child safe, but it will give you peace of mind, so you can enjoy the holiday to the fullest!

Office Hazards

7/12/2021 (Permalink)

Do you know common safety issues at your office? OSHA lists the 5 most common workplace Hazards as the following:

  1. Safety: any type of substance, condition or object that can injure employees
  2. Chemical: exposure to chemicals and improper use of chemicals 
  3. Biological: exposure to infectious materials such as blood, fungi, mold, viruses, and animal droppings
  4. Physical: radiation exposure, extreme heat or cold etc.
  5. Ergonomic: work activities that cause harmful strain on the body 

These are common issues that can occur in the workplace some easier than others to remedy. It is important to have a plan in place for workplace hazards such as these and for emergencies. Records show that as many as 50% of businesses close down following a disaster.

We are also available to schedule a free Emergency Response Plan for your company to better prepare for potential emergencies. This is a plan that can be shared with all company leaders and comes in handy when emergencies occur.