ERP - Emergency Ready Profile
A guide to help you get back into your building quickly following a disaster!
“No one plans on a disaster, but you can plan to be ready for whatever happens!”
As a small local business owner we know the magnitude of being ready for anything. That is why we can’t stress enough, the importance of being prepared for a disaster. Did you know that 50% of businesses that experience a disaster may never re-open their doors? We do not want that to be you!
Being prepared is the key to making it through a disaster. Let us help you get prepared. With our Emergency Ready Profile (ERP) program we will provide critical information that will allow you to start mitigation and recovery services. The ERP is a quick reference guide for your business to refer to if a disaster should strike.
We will come to you and provide a FREE assessment of your facility! With this FREE assessment we will create a very detailed profile that will be a quick reference to important contacts and phone numbers such as your utility companies, on-site contact, building contact, insurance company contact, maintenance department contact and hospital contact. The Emergency Ready Profile will also prepare our SERVPRO of Hanover, Goochland & Caroline team. Please don’t let your business fall on the wrong side of the 50% when you can take advantage of this FREE assessment.
We make it "Like it never even happened."
SERVPRO of Hanover, Goochland & Caroline is ready to keep your business READY for whatever happens! Call us today, 804-730-6788, to schedule your Emergency Ready Profile!
Proper Drying with Dehumidifiers
For successful drying, make sure you use proper drying equipment, like a dehumidifier.
Proper water damage equipment placement is key to successful drying of any structure. there are many types of dehumidifiers. The different types of dehumidifiers we use are:
- Refrigerant Dehumidifiers
- Desiccant Dehumidifiers.
These dehumidifiers remove moisture from the air at different rates and use different process to remove the moisture from the air and water damaged building materials. The goal of a dehumidifier is to efficiently aid in the drying process by removing the excess moisture and humidity associate with water damage. dehumidifiers are key to our success. we service our equipment frequently to ensure proper performance. If your equipment is not working properly, your drying job will take longer. We want to dry jobs efficiently and be able to give the customer their home/business back to normal as quickly as possible.
If you experience a water damage, make sure you call the professionals. SERVPRO of Hanover, Goochland & Caroline are here to make it "Like it never even happened."
Specialty Drying Equipment - Heater
The heater is a cost effective way to dry out bound water.
SERVPRO of Hanover, Goochland & Caroline uses the most up-to-date drying equipment. The most effective piece of equipment to dry crawlspaces and bound water is a drying heater.
This piece of specialty drying equipment is placed on drying jobs where uses for other equipment is limited and when it is too cold to use other forms of drying. We monitor this heater daily and make sure it is working to its optimum performance. They drying heater is placed on the outside of the structure being dried. A tube is inserted under the structure to dry the wet wooden framing. Some air movers may be needed to circulate the warm dry air to the specific area requiring the drying.
The drying heater is a very cost effective way to quickly return water damaged building materials to their dry standard.
Sporicidin, the EPA registered disinfectant!
SERVPRO of Hanover, Goochland & Caroline was recently asked to clean the ducts in several systems in a very large mansion that was uniquely constructed. Some were accessible and some were not and some of them had humidifiers in each system. Some were partially insulated where the humidifiers were located and had microbial growth present. The management company did not want to replace the system due to construction and demo that was needed. The solution was to perform a duct cleaning and treat the unit with Sporicidin to prevent any future microbial growth.
Sporicidin is an EPA registered disinfectant and deodorizer which can be used on porous and non-porous surfaces. Sporicidin is a very versatile product and used in various medical facilities (hospitals, doctor offices, dentist offices, veterinarian offices) that is used to clean up blood born pathogens and has a low toxicity rating.
Remember to maintain a small wick and limit your candle burning to reduce soot in your home.
Did you know that burning all those candles do more than set the mood and/or scent the air with fragrance? Burning candles can cause soot throughout a home. Soot is a powdery black substance composed primarily of small carbon particles, and is the natural byproduct of incomplete combustion. There have been studies that 100% soy or beeswax candles are somewhat cleaner burning, but a lot of candles are are made with Paraffin Wax and/or blend of different types of waxes.
The soot from burning candles often accumulate and cling to walls, ceilings, furniture, contents and even carpet. In more extreme cases, candles burning by an HVAC return can have soot distributed throughout the home via its HVAC system.
Soot cleaning a home is very labor intensive and therefore soot damage can be a costly expense. At SERVPRO of Hanover, Goochland and Caroline, we utilize Specialty Dry Cleaning Sponges to remove soot from walls, ceilings, appliances, furniture and contents. After cleaning, we recommend the painted surfaces be primed and/or sealed and then painted. Please note, if a thorough cleaning is not completed prior to painting, staining can appear after a period of time through the paint. Upholstered furniture and textiles need to be cleaned and sometimes the staining from the soot does not come out.
What can you do to avoid this? Occasional burning of candles is fine, just remember these factors: Buy quality well-made candles; Keep the wick trimmed down to ¼ inch, if you see black smoke coming from the candle, it is often a sign that the wick is too long; Candles should really be burned in a well ventilated area, however you do want to keep the burning candle away from drafty areas (the flame should not be flickering or dancing around); Use jar toppers/cappers for large jar candles and for other candles, use a glass vase or hurricane.
If you have questions or concerns about the result of burning candles in your home, call SERVPRO of Hanover, Goochland & Caroline today!
Introducing ... SERVPROXIDE
SERVPROXIDE - the KO punch!
The great thing about SERVPRO is that we have chemists on staff at our corporate headquarters that create and provide us with top notch products to use for our customer's. Recently, SERVPRO introduced SERVPROXIDE to our arsenal of products.
SERVPROXIDE is an EPA registered, stabilized chlorine dioxide based disinfectant and sanitizer. The great thing about SERVPROXIDE is that is carries the EPA's lowest toxicity rating and is safe for everyday use. This product is designed to kill harmful bacteria, viruses and mold on hard surfaces and is an effective sanitizer for soft surfaces. On top of all the great things this product provides, it can be used just about any where!
SERVPRO of Hanover, Goochland & Caroline is excited to put this new product to use on our next mold job!
Keeping odor under control with the Vapor Shark
The vapor shark helps control odor.
Recently, we were contacted by one of our commercial customers to help with an odor issue in a unit. As part of the process with taking care of the odor we utilized our vapor shark.
This specialized piece of equipment is used by SERVPRO of Hanover, Goochland & Caroline to neutralize foul odors. The equipment is designed to provide a simple, safe solution for addressing tough odor problems. After all debris have been removed and surfaces thoroughly cleaned, there could still be a residual odor present. As a result of that residual odor, we would install the vapor shark. The vapor shark utilizes highly concentrated neutral or scented membrane packs which air is forced over, dispensing scent into the surrounding areas. This process will penetrate all porous surfaces, safely eliminating the odor in the air.
This machine is quite effective and is utilized in fire, water and mold remediation projects here at SERVPRO of Hanover, Goochland & Caroline.
Protecting Your Home from Water Damage
Properly taken care of gutters will result in a water damage free home!
Soon we will be approaching thunderstorm season. With thunderstorms comes the possibility of water damage to your home or business. Be proactive and protect your property by taking care of the outside, especially the gutters.
A rain gutter's main purpose is to funnel water off the roof and away from the home. But, if you do not take proper care of your gutters and clean them regular they can get clogged with leaves, pine needles, pine cones or other debris. The fascia boards that hold the gutter system are often made of wood. When gutters clog and fill with water, the boards start to deteriorate and rot. If a home has wood siding, clogged gutters can also cause water to overflow out of the gutter system and down the sides of the home.
Be proactive and take care of the outside of your home, so you do not experience water damage on the inside. If it does happen, know that you can call SERVPRO of Hanover, Goochland & Caroline!
Single digit temperatures, bomb cyclones, snow - OH MY!
Who is ready for the snow and cold snap to exit the area? Me for sure. Snow was fun when we were younger because that meant we did not have to go to school, but as I have gotten older I have learned that snow throws a wrench in my day. The uncleared roads for several days, the interesting people on the road driving and the overall inconvenience of delaying my day, not for me.
What a crazy week it has been with temperatures barely getting above freezing during the day and in the single digits at night. My heat pump is tired! This week we experienced what they call a bomb cyclone. I have been doing some reading on what exactly that bomb cyclone is or another fun name for it is bombogenesis. It is when drastic drops in barometric pressure occur when a region of warm air meets one of cold air. The air starts to move, and the rotation of the earth creates a cyclonic effect. The direction is counterclockwise in the Northern Hemisphere (when viewed from above), leading to winds that come out of the northeast — a Nor’easter. So to me it sounds like a winter hurricane!
Stay safe and warm out there! Remember to keep an eye on your pipes, we only have a few more days with these super cold evenings and then hopefully we can get back to normal Virginia weather!
SERVPRO of Hanover, Goochland & Caroline is a phone call away! If you need us to make it, "Like it never even happened." call us at (804) 730-6788
Merry Christmas & Happy New Year
From our SERVPRO family to yours!
Each year we celebrate Christmas with our SERVPRO of Hanover, Goochland & Caroline family. Last year and this year we decided on a bowling party. A great way to interact with everyone and throw in some friendly competition among everyone in the field and in the office. Last year Jesse Black took home the trophy, so there was some friendly talk about how he would be dethroned from the top bowler. Well, we all gave it a great try but were unsuccessful. Jesse Black took the title again. Way to go Jesse! Until next year!
After our bowling competition we enjoy our Christmas. Margie works hard on picking out gifts and wrapping them in preparation for the festivities. Movie tickets, restaurant gift cards, Home Depot gift cards and Walmart gift cards. It is always fun to see who gets what!
We cannot thank David and Paige enough for our fun Christmas party. We thank you for the awesome presents and the fun time bowling with our SERVPRO family!
SERVPRO of Hanover, Goochland & Caroline want to wish your family a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. We hope 2018 brings you much joy and success!