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Winter Weather Prediction

10/29/2020 (Permalink)

Rainy window, note, wording Just another rainy day Wet Winter Predicted for Alabama

Winter during which there is a La Nina tends to have certain characteristics across the United States.  We are just two storms away of tying the record number of tropical storms set back in 2005.  We still have until November 30 for hurricane season to be over. If La Nina continues into the spring of 2021 it can contribute to severe thunderstorms and tornadoes across the central United States.  The Spring months would include March through May. 

The Farmers' Almanac has released their winter 2020-2021 forecast, calling it the “Winter of Great Divide” across the United States. The fall was indicated with cooler temperatures slowly moving in all regions.  According to the Farmers' Almanac, Alabama's winter weather for 2020-2021 is expected to be chilly and rainy.

Tracking La Nina and the Farmers’ Almanac can help prepare a homeowner for upcoming weather conditions.  Knowing our winter could carry a lot of rainfall indicates flooding.  Make sure any leaks have been addressed and the surrounding area around your foundation is stable.  Gutters should have already been cleaned out for the second time this year.  This will allow any rainwater to be directed away from your home. 

As a homeowner our responsibility is to protect our investment from indoor and outdoor hazards.  At SERVPRO of the Quad Cities it is our responsibility to our customers to restore and mitigate your property back to normal conditions before any disaster occurred.  We have highly trained technicians in water and storm restoration.  If the rainy winter weather has caused havoc to your home reach out to your local SERVPRO.

No matter what steps we take to protect our property unforeseen damages can occur.  Winter storms brings cold weather and frozen pipes.  Rainy winter weather can cause flooding, roof leaks and soil erosion.  Take the necessary steps to protect your property and leave any emergency mitigation to SERVPRO of the Quad Cities. 

Importance of Gutters and Downspouts

10/20/2020 (Permalink)

gutters, downspout, rainwater Gutters and downspout installed

Many homeowners are not aware of the importance of having gutters and downspouts installed.  They help direct rainwater away from your home preventing flooding.  If gutters and downspouts are not installed problems will start to arise over time causing your home to show signs of damage.  If your home has a basement you are more likely to experience a flooded home during heavy rainstorms.  Gutters can prevent your home from flooding.

It is not only essential to keep your home from flooding but keeping your foundation in tack. Without a gutter system, water falls from the roof and rests against the house instead of being directed away from it.   Over time this can cause cracks and water to pool in them.  During the winter months the water will freeze and cause more cracking.  This caused your foundation to become unstable allowing water to enter your home.

Pooling water around your foundation not only causes erosion but a breeding spot for insects.  It can cause the siding on your home to fade or become stained.  The soil around your home protects the foundation. If it is eroded over time, your foundation will have a greater chance of being damaged. Putting up rain gutters is a way of protecting the soil around your home against erosion and insects.

With gutters there comes maintenance as well.  It is recommended to clean them out twice a year.  Clogged gutters can cause water leaks on the inside of your home. Trapped water can rot the wooden fascia boards your gutters are mounted to, letting moisture enter your home and causing a breeding ground for mold.  Installing gutters and a downspout with proper maintenance can save a homeowner in expenses and damage to their home.  Keeping the water away from your home will result in a strong structure and foundation for it to stand on. 

Flooding does happen and homes become water damaged due to things beyond our control. Your local SERVPRO of the Quad Cities is available for your emergency water mitigation needs.  We are available 24/7 and faster to any size disaster. SERVPRO is a Preferred Vendor for many National and Local Insurance Companies. 

Is water damage causing damage to your home?

10/13/2020 (Permalink)

wall with water damage, tile floor with water damage Water damage to wall and flooring.

If you have experienced water damage you should consider contacting your local SERVPRO for professional Water Damage Restoration. We are your local professionals for immediate and long- term water damage.  Some water damage issues do not show sudden damage and become apparent over time.  The effects of water can take days to weeks to show damage when the source is not noticed.  The extent of damage to the structure of your home will depend on how long the water has been standing.

Water damage can appear in the structure of your home in several different forms.  Listed below are things that you may notice if water is causing damage to your home:

  • Dark or Wet Spots on the Ceiling, Floor or Walls
  • Cracking, Bubbling, or flaking
  • Puddles of water
  • Sounds of Running Water
  • Increase in Utility Bill
  • Damp, Musty, or Moldy Smell

Damages listed above can be caused from a roof leak, broken pipe, or condensation from an air conditioner.  If there is water leakage behind the walls staining and peeling can occur.  The walls can become warped and develop a musty odor.  If the water damage is not taken care of mold growth will form and become visible on the walls and baseboards. 

If you have experienced an emergency water damage or an existing leak, call today for immediate restoration services.  We have extensive water damage restoration training, and our process emphasizes regular monitoring and documentation of the drying process from beginning to end.  Working with the homeowner to ensure complete customer satisfaction.

Commercial Mold

9/21/2020 (Permalink)

mold on subfloor, mold on baseboard Moisture under flooring from water damage causes Mold

Mold can spread quickly through a property if left untreated.  Mold is not only in residential homes but in commercial buildings and offices.  The presence of mold can be very challenging to deal with and difficult to spot.  Besides causing a major business interruption, a mold problem can present health effects for people exposed at your commercial property.  Mold pollutes the air and can threaten the structural integrity of your establishment. 

Mold infestations can be caused by minor water intrusions from a roof or plumbing.  It is important to deal with any leaks immediately to prevent water damage too.  Keeping your air vents and air filters cleaned will ensure proper ventilation.  Maintain the humidity in your business or office at no higher than 50%. 

SERVPRO of the Quad Cites can respond quickly and contain the infestation of mold and prevent the spread.  Our professionals will work effectively and safely during the remediation process.  They have the training, experience, and equipment to contain the mold and remediate it to preloss condition. 

If you suspect mold in your commercial business, call your local SERVPRO.  Let our professionals do the cleaning while you focus on revenue and productivity.  Responding quickly and working fast to manage your situation, SERVPRO of the Quad Cities.

Hurricane Category

9/18/2020 (Permalink)

Hurricane wind speeds listed, category Hurricane Saffir-Simpson Scale

Each year on average, 10 tropical storms develop over the Atlantic Ocean, Caribbean Sea, or Gulf of Mexico.  About five hurricanes strike the United States coastline every three years. Of these five, two will usually be major hurricanes. The Saffir-Simpson Scale can be used to give an estimate of the potential property damage and flooding expected along the coast because of hurricane activity. Each category includes wind speeds and expected effects. Listed below is what can be expected by category of a Hurricane.

  • Category One
    Wind Speed 74 - 95 mph
  • Effects: No real damage to building structures. Damage primarily to unanchored mobile homes, shrubbery, and trees. Also, some coastal road flooding and minor pier damage.
  • Category Two
    Wind Speed 96 - 110 mph
  • Effect: Some roofing material, door, and window damage to buildings. Considerable damage to vegetation, mobile homes, and piers. Coastal and low-lying escape routes flood 2-4 hours before arrival of center. Small craft in unprotected anchorages break moorings.
  • Category Three
    Wind Speed 111 - 130 mph
  • Effect: Some structural damage to small residences and utility buildings with a minor amount of curtain wall failures. Mobile homes are destroyed. Flooding near the coast destroys smaller structures with larger structures damaged by floating debris. Terrain continuously lower than 5 feet above sea level (ASL) may be flooded inland 8 miles or more.
  • Category Four
    Wind Speed 131 – 155 mph
  • Effect: More extensive curtain wall failures with some complete roof structure failure on small residences. Major erosion of beach. Major damage to lower floors of structures near the shore. Terrain that is continuously lower than 10 feet ASL may be flooded requiring massive evacuation of residential areas inland as far as 6 miles.

Category Five
               Wind Speed 155 mph – or greater

  • Effect: Complete roof failure on many residences and industrial buildings. Some complete building failures with small utility buildings blown over or away. Major damage to lower floors of all structures located less than 15 feet ASL and within 500 yards of the shoreline. Massive evacuation of residential areas on low ground within 5 to 10 miles of the shoreline may be required.

  After the Storm

If you have weathered the Storm and have damage leave the clean up to the professionals.  As a leader in storm and water damage restoration, SERVPRO of The Quad Cities has the specialized training and expertise to restore your home back to its pre-storm condition. Our restoration process puts an emphasis on scientific drying techniques, progress monitoring and documentation. With over 1700 Franchises we are prepared for catastrophic storms and major events.

SERVPRO and your Commercial Service Needs

9/16/2020 (Permalink)

Pre and Post Mitigation of commercial carpet The SERVPRO Way

SERVPRO of the Quad Cities has trained professionals and expertise to assist with your commercial cleaning or emergency restoration needs.  If a disaster strikes at one of your buildings, we are prepared to work efficiently to minimize interruptions to your business.  Our services are wide ranged, and we service the following types of facilities:

  • Multi-level Commercial Buildings
  • Multi-Tenant Facilities
  • Small Office Buildings
  • Shopping Malls
  • Apartment Complexes
  • Hotels
  • Industrial Facilities

Our professionals are available 24-7 to help remediate any damage, regardless of the cause, scale of the loss, or the size of your facility.  We will help you to protect the security and safety of your facility and your clients.  Our professionals work to restore your facility to preloss conditions as soon as possible.  Our Commercial Building Restoration Services include:

  • Water Damage Restoration
  • Fire Damage Restoration
  • Mold Damage Remediation
  • Storm and Major Events
  • Disaster Recovery Team

SERVPRO has a prompt response time and can have your business looking its best.  Our professionals have been trained to be mindful of regulations and potential hazards while maintaining efficiency as they restore your business. Our response time will have your busines looking its very best.  If your business or facility faces any size of disaster call your Local SERVPRO of the Quad Cities.  We are available for all your cleaning, restoration, and remediation jobs.  Call today for an estimate on services or to get your business back to preloss condition. 

Second Peek of Severe Weather ahead

9/10/2020 (Permalink)

black cloud, yellow lightning bolt, wording Storm Ready, We are Storm Ready, SERVPRO of the Quad Cities SERVPRO is ready!

Autumn is around the corner and with the changing season, heightened risk of severe weather will begin.  The second peak of severe weather happens in the Fall due to the shift of the jet stream.  It starts to shift southward in response to the Northern Hemisphere cooling off.  The thunderstorms that form can be just as severe as Spring thunderstorms.  They can produce the threat of tornadoes, damaging winds, and flooding. 

The Southern United States is the area of greatest concern for severe weather in the fall.  Cold fronts driving from the north collide with warm, humid air originating in the Gulf of Mexico.  Texas to Georgia are the most common areas for severe weather during the fall.  Occasionally the central Plains and Mississippi Valley will have severe weather.

Tropical storms along the Gulf Coast also contribute to the secondary peek of severe weather.  The threat diminishes as the hurricane season ends in November.  On November 13, 2013, there were 73 tornadoes recorded from Tennessee to Michigan.  This severe weather patten proved that any day of the year can be a severe weather threat.

Alabama fall severe weather starts at the beginning of November and ends in late December.  Know your safety plan and be able to pinpoint your location on a map.  Learning your surrounding counties and communities will allow you to be more prepared on direction of threat. 

SERVPRO of the Quad Cities is ready to respond if you are dealing with storm, flood, or water damage from thunderstorms. Since we are locally owned and operated, we have prepared for expected damage from flooding and are able to respond quickly. When preparing an emergency contact list do not forget to add your Local SERVPRO phone number and contact!

Prepared and Planned

9/8/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO logo,   wording in green Emergency Ready Plan Is your business prepared for an Emergency?

Is your business prepared for an emergency?  If you do not have a plan in place for your business and employees, operations can be disrupted.  With a plan that has been established and practiced with all personnel recovery is easier and faster.  Having a plan beforehand allows your business to get back to working operations at a faster pace.  SERVPRO of the Quad Cities can work with you to establish an ERP. 

ERP is an Emergency Ready Plan.  This plan provides important information readily available for getting disasters cleaned up quickly.  The plan will have a layout of your business with shut off for water, electrical shut off and emergency exits.  All important contacts with numbers will be available as well.  Having all this information in one plan saves time, money, and down time. 

There are a lot of decisions to make when your business has an unexpected disaster.  The information provided in the ERP allows our restoration technicians to respond and work quicker when trying to restore your business.  Call your local SERVPRO today to set up a convenient time to establish an ERP.  The benefits of the plan will simplify your decision making in a time of need.  SERVPRO is available 24/7 and fully equipped for your restoration plan.  Have the power of being prepared and planned.

Kitchen Fire Safety

8/26/2020 (Permalink)

stove fire, large flame Kitchen fires can be prevented by following safety tips

Cooking fires are the primary cause of home fires and home fire injuries.  Two of every five home fires start in the kitchen while food is cooking. On average, they cause 44 percent of home fires, 15 percent of home fire deaths and 38 percent of home fire injuries each year.  Homeowners can minimize fire risks by removing hazards and maintaining your kitchen.  Never leave food that is cooking on the stove unattended.  The food can become too hot resulting in a fire.

As a homeowner by making sure all appliances are serviced, cleaned and in good working condition is a preventive measure to reduce the chances of a kitchen fire.  Appliances that are plugged in continue to draw electricity and any faulty wiring could pose a fire threat.  Be sure to replace faulty equipment that is found before your next use. 

Grease buildup is flammable and should be cleaned up after each use of the stove.  Do not keep dish towels, paper towels or other flammable material near the stove when in use.  Following safety procedures and never leave cooking food unattended can greatly reduce the chance of a grease or stove fire to start or spread.

If a kitchen fire starts take quick action to confine and keep from spreading.  Never use water to put out a grease fire due to how water repels grease.  Lids can be put on pans and pots to smother the fire.  Use the fire extinguisher if it is not possible to put a lid on.  If the fire can not be contained and is spreading immediately call 911 and remove yourself from the home. 

Fires are devastating to your home and family.  During this time homeowners need to know their concerns are being handled by professionals specialized in fire restoration.  At SERVPRO our technicians are highly trained and have experience to quickly clean up and restore your home to pre-fire condition.  They can also remove the smoke odor and deep clean soot from your upholstery and carpet. SERVPRO offers laundry and dry- cleaning service along with contents storage in our warehouse. 

Visit our website to see helpful tips on how to protect yourself and your family during a fire.  We are available 24/7 for your emergency service and a Preferred Vendor for Many National and Local Insurance Companies.   

Pets and Fire Safety

8/21/2020 (Permalink)

cat sitting on pillow, fireplace Your Pets and Fire Safety Tips

Household pets are responsible for over 1,000 house fires each year in the United States.  We sometimes unknowingly set the stage for such unfortunate events to happen.  It has been reported that at minimum 40,000 pets die each year in house fires.  If a pet has access to any of the wiring or cables around the house, they can potentially start an electrical fire. One of the easiest ways to pet-proof a house from electrical hazards is to start by gathering all loose, exposed wires together with a twist tie so that they are not as tempting to play with. Additionally, keep location of electrical cords, outlets and heaters in mind when picking where to place your pet’s food and water bowls, beds, and crates.  If your pets are already in their crates when emergency crews arrive, they can be more quickly and easily removed to safety.

Most fires are caused by pets knocking over candles or leaning against stove knobs. To avoid use child and pet-safe gates to keep them away from flames.  Using heaters that turn off automatically when knocked over can prevent fires as well. Since flameless candles do not involve actual flames, there is no danger of your pet starting a house fire by knocking one over.

Educating yourself on pets and fire safety can save your life, pets, and your home.  Taking simple steps to remove items within your dogs reach that can cause a fire hazard is the first step.  Before bringing your new addition, home make sure all electrical wiring has been secured.  Make sure you select a safe place to put your pets’ crate or bedding.  Do not place near any open flames as fireplaces or heaters.  When using candles place them out of your pet’s reach.  Remember your pets are curious and will seek out anything to chew and play with.

Your local SERVPRO is always here to help in any fire or smoke damage you may have experienced.  We are dedicated to responding to your fire emergency immediately.