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Give Your Business’ Fire Preparedness a Boost | SERVPRO® of Flagstaff/East Sedona

2/28/2020 (Permalink)

a green exit sign surrounded by flames If your business has experienced a fire, call SERVPRO of Flagstaff / East Sedona. We provide a full service from mitigation to restoration.

There are many things that business owners are responsible for, but one of the things most crucial to everyone’s safety is being responsible for fire preparedness planning. Fires can be catastrophic for businesses, especially in situations where no one knows what the protocol is. If you have not yet considered how you would handle a fire on your business property, there is no better time than the present.

The good news is that a little safety planning goes a long way when it comes to fire preparedness. Simply by being aware of your risks and how to handle a fire should it occur, you can create a safer workplace for you and your staff, and ensure you can recover quickly should a fire begin.

Give a Boost to Your Fire Preparedness

Follow code guidelines and inspection schedules. The fire codes and standards set up by the National Fire Protection Association are a great place to start when boosting your business’ fire plan. Making sure you are inspecting equipment often, keeping fire doors clear and following the other guidelines listed will go a long way in ensuring everything is up to par.

Identify your specific risks. There are seemingly countless reasons a fire could start in a business, but knowing where your weaknesses lie is an essential part of planning ahead. Think of things specific to your business that may put you at a higher fire risk, such as equipment or chemicals that are kept on-site. Identifying these things ahead of time allows you to be extra vigilant for the future.

Create (and practice) a fire evacuation plan. If your business has an in-person staff, making sure they are also prepared is wise. Create a fire escape plan that involves multiple exits and a third-party meeting place to convene for a headcount, and be sure to rehearse it with your staff at least twice per year.

Have regular fire safety seminars with staff. General workplace fire safety tips should be reviewed with staff so everyone can keep them top of mind when doing potentially hazardous activities. Review fire extinguisher locations, safe equipment use and any other specifics that will be beneficial for your staff to know as they go about their workday.

If your business has experienced a fire, we’re here 247 to respond and begin restoration. Call us today to learn how we can help you.

Stop Appliance Water Damage Before It Starts | SERVPRO® of Flagstaff/East Sedona

2/5/2020 (Permalink)

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Any appliance that requires water to run will be prone to leaks, and it is important to catch these leaks early in order to avoid extensive water damage from occurring. Appliances are not frequently moved or inspected, but it is wise for homeowners to get into this habit in order to catch any water damage early on.

Inspect These Appliances for Leaks Often

Hot Water Heater
Hot water heaters have been known to last up to 15 years as a unit, but their individual parts can leak in a much shorter span of time. Checking the seals and pipes connected to the hot water heater is the best way to prevent this from becoming severe.

Refrigerators are connected to the home’s water lines with malleable plastic tubing in most cases, which can be prone to tears and leaks. Moving the refrigerator away from the wall often is the best prevention against this—making it a regular habit will ensure that water damage is not allowed to fester and cause more serious damage.

Dishwashers have many of the same considerations as refrigerators, coupled with the fact that they use even more water. Many homeowners are shocked to find that dishwasher-caused damage is not covered by their homeowner’s policy, making this an even more important consideration to keep up with.

Washing Machine
Hoses that run to the back of the washing machine are one of the most common household items that will develop a leak—so much so that they should be checked at least once per month for any leaks. Additionally, they are recommended to be replaced in five-year intervals as they can begin to deteriorate from the inside out.

Air Conditioner
The drain in your HVAC unit is designed to keep condensation from pooling in and around the unit, but if this drain malfunctions, water damage can quickly occur. Reference your manufacturer’s manual to determine how often your unit should be inspected and serviced—having a professional technician evaluate your machine is the best defense against HVAC-created water damage.

If your home has been impacted by water damage or you’d like to put a plan in place in case it happens to you, contact us to learn how we can help.


What To Do If You Suspect Water Damage in Your Home | SERVPRO® of Flagstaff/East Sedona

2/3/2020 (Permalink)

a person inspecting water damage on corner of drywall Water damage can happen at any time. Give SERVPRO of Flagstaff/East Sedona a call if you are experiencing any water or flood damage.

Water damage in the home can occur in obvious ways, but there are also many situations where it sneaks up on homeowners unsuspectingly. Hidden water damage can be a much more complicated situation if it is left untreated, and determining if it is covered by your insurance policy can add another layer of difficulty.

For these reasons, if you suspect you have water damage hiding out somewhere in your home, it is best to take care of it as quickly as you are able to. Here is exactly what to do if you are worried you may have water damage to your household:

  1. Perform a Thorough Inspection in Suspicious Areas

While water damage can occur in any location, some are more susceptible than others. Basements are one of the most vulnerable areas for water damage, but it is also wise to inspect areas such as crawl spaces and closets, as well as behind any appliances that utilize water for their operation.

When looking for water damage, it is important to know what signs to be on alert for. Common indicators of water damage are:

  • Musty or dank odors in the home
  • Water stains on walls, ceilings and/or floors
  • Buckling of the floors or walls
  • Cracks in your paint or drywall
  • Sounds of dripping water
  • An unprecedented increase in your electric bill

Unfortunately, even if you do not notice these indicators, that does not mean that you are in the clear. If you are still suspicious that you may have water damage, it is advised to move onto step two in order to get a professional opinion on the matter.

  1. Call a Trusted Water Restoration Team

Calling a water restoration team is one of the best things you can do if you suspect water damage. Not only will they be able to do a full inspection to determine where the water is located and to what extent it has damaged your home, but they will be able to act quickly to prevent mold from growing, which can begin as soon as 24 hours after water damage begins.

Even if you cannot find water damage on your own, trust your gut instinct if you suspect it and call in the professionals as soon as possible.

Do you suspect your home has sustained water damage? You can call us 24/7 to get an expert inspection and advice about what your next steps should be.

3 Types of Water Damage to Watch for During Spring | SERVPRO® of Flagstaff/East Sedona

2/3/2020 (Permalink)

woman on cell phone holding orange bucket looking up at leaky ceiling Do you have water damage or flooding? Give SERVPRO of Flagstaff/East Sedona a call if you are experiencing any damage from a storm or heavy rain.

Water damage is something that can impact homeowners at any time of year, but from experience, we know that spring is one of the most common times for it to occur. Spring generally brings a large volume of rain with it, which can increase the likelihood of water damage impacting your home.

The good news is, the most common types of spring water damage can often be prevented with a bit of maintenance and vigilance on a homeowner’s behalf. Read on to learn about the types of water damage that are typical during the spring season and how you can work to prevent them from occurring:

The Most Common Types of Spring Water Damage

Damage From Storms and Heavy Rains

Spring rains may be necessary to spur plant growth and bring the beautiful blooms back to life, but they can also cause serious issues for homeowners if their homes become compromised. Because the rain can be so relentless during spring months, seals around doors, windows and ducts can become compromised and allow water to seep into the home. Checking your seals for vulnerability and recaulking where necessary can keep water out even during the heaviest of downpours.

A Leaky Roof

Leaking roofs are one of the leading causes of water damage and can lead to issues all throughout your home. Inspecting your shingles and seals for signs of wear can alert you quickly if you may need a patch or other preventive measure, and keeping your gutters clear can prevent water from pooling against the wood and working its way into your home.

Seepage From Runoff Around Your Foundation

Foundational runoff may not seem like a big problem for the rest of the year, but due to the volume of rain that occurs in the spring, it can become a major issue for your home’s foundation or basement. If the pitch of your property or the path of your downspouts allows water to relentlessly come into contact with the base of your home, it can seep into the foundation or crawl space underneath and cause serious issues. Making updates to landscaping and remapping the path of your lot’s drainage can prevent this from becoming a problem.

If you experience water damage at any time of the year, we’ll be here to help. Our highly trained technicians are leaders in water restoration and we’re here 24/7 to take your call.

Reasons Why Proper Water Damage Restoration Is Key | SERVPRO® of Flagstaff/East Sedona

2/3/2020 (Permalink)

standing water on brown title floor in living room If you have any water damage or flooding? SERVPRO of Flagstaff/East Sedona is on call to guide you through your water-related issues.

Water damage is an extremely common problem that impacts a number of homeowners across the country each year. For this reason, understanding the restoration process—namely, why having it done properly is so important—is wise for homeowners whether they have experienced water damage or are simply hoping to be more prepared.

While mopping and drying on your own are helpful things to do before professional help arrives, they are no substitute for a full restoration completed by a helpful and qualified team. Between health hazards, unresolved issues and cost-effectiveness, there are several reasons why proper water damage restoration is worth investing in:

Mold Growth Can Be Dangerous

While all elements of water damage are complicated and unpleasant to deal with, mold is easily the most dangerous aspect. Mold can begin growing within 24 hours after water comes into contact with a surface, and once it begins, it requires expert remediation to be eradicated.

Because mold spreads through the air, it can also move to other parts of your home, especially if you have a central heating and air system. Thankfully, any reputable water restoration company will be able to handle both the water damage and any subsequent mold issues that arise to make sure your family stays safe.

The Extent of Damage Can Be Sneaky

Though some water damage is clear when it occurs, that is not always the case. Even if there is an element of water damage you are able to see in the impacted area, there might be other issues that are not as apparent, such as damage to the drywall or to your home’s frame. An expert restoration company will be able to do a full inspection to determine the extent of the damage so that nothing goes unnoticed or unrepaired.

Restoration Can Salvage Your Belongings

While restoring your home’s structure is an important aspect of water restoration, being able to also keep your belongings is a big plus of enlisting professional help. Restoring objects is often much more cost-effective than simply replacing them, and for objects with sentimental value, restoration is often the only option. 

After floods and other types of damage, we have been able to restore furniture, art, electronics and many more items for our clients so they can continue to own and utilize the things they love without worrying about hazards or further damages.

If you have questions about water damage, we’re here to give you answers! Contact us today to learn about all the things that set our restoration process apart.

The Importance of Smoke and Soot Cleanup After a Fire | SERVPRO® of Flagstaff/East Sedona

2/3/2020 (Permalink)

burnt chair and reading table completely destroyed in room full of soot Do you have smoke related restoration issues in need of repair? SERVPRO of Flagstaff/East Sedona is on call 24/7 and will guide you through any fire

Fires are an extremely common problem around the United States, with the National Fire Protection Association estimating that there is an average of more than 350,000 each year. With that level of commonality, many individuals are doing everything they can to prevent and prepare for the event of a house fire, including learning the nuances of fire restoration.

While the restoration of charred material and other physical elements of the home is important, it is just as vital to ensure that smoke and soot are handled properly after a house fire. Due to the emotional and physical impact of smoke and soot, professional restoration that takes these into account is vital for a full recovery.

Why Cleaning Up Smoke and Soot Is So Important

Smoke Scents Can Linger

After the flames are extinguished, the scent of smoke can persist in many ways. It can embed into fabrics, saturate furniture and even impact porous, hard surfaces such as wood cabinetry and walls. While the scent of smoke will generally be most concentrated around the area where the fire took place, airflow can carry it all throughout the home if it is not treated in a timely manner, impacting belongings that may have been nowhere near the fire. 

Soot Can Be Hazardous to Your Health

While soot generally appears as an oily residue, it is actually made up of extremely tiny carbon particles that are a result of items burning incompletely. Because of the small size of these particles, they are not generally filtered by the upper respiratory system and instead are often found traveling directly to the lungs. Due to the harmful compounds soot can contain, this can be extremely dangerous and lead to health and respiratory issues for those who are exposed to it without proper protection.

Scents Can Hinder Emotional Recovery

While the physical impact of a fire is apparent and jarring, the emotional impact of house fires can continue long after the restoration is completed—and because scent is so closely linked to an emotional response, lingering odors can further exacerbate the after-effects one may feel. It is common for survivors of house fires to feel shock, stress, frustration and devastation, but a full and complete restoration that handles your belongings, your home and any lingering odors can make recovery much easier.

If you’ve been impacted by a fire or just want to learn more about restoration, contact us today to learn how we can help you recover quickly.

Top Causes of Household Fires & Recommended Prevention Methods | SERVPRO® of Flagstaff/East Sedona

2/3/2020 (Permalink)

small flame coming from electrical outlets plug into a power strip Practicing prevention is the best way to reduce the chance of a fire, however if you do experience a loss contact SERVPRO of Flagstaff/East Sedona.

Household fires are a scary thing for homeowners to face regardless of their cause and can create excessive stress and trauma for those who have experienced them. 

That is why it is so important for individuals to educate themselves both on some of the common causes of household fires and the best ways to prevent them, in order to protect their homes and prevent fires from starting when possible.

Common House Fire Causes

Though house fires can be caused by a number of issues, annual reports point to the same common causes again and again. While cooking-related incidents are consistently the top cause of household fires, individuals should note that electrical malfunctions, grill misuse and a lack of dryer maintenance are all common issues that can cause a fire in an instant. 

Fortunately, many household fires are totally preventable if you are aware of the proper safety precautions.

Prevention Methods for the Common Types of House Fires

  1. Cooking Fire Prevention. Because unattended cooking is the leading cause of cooking fires, the best way to prevent cooking fires is to simply ensure that cooking materials are never left unattended. Always stay in the room when using the stove, oven or other heating elements, and ensure all devices are turned off before you leave the room.
  1. Electrical Fire Prevention. Though we use electricity every day, it is important to always remember safety any time you flip a switch or plug a device in. Avoid overloading power strips and plugging multiple heat-producing items into one outlet, and always make sure any home you build or purchase is inspected by a qualified electrician.
  1. Grill Fire Prevention. Not surprisingly, grill fires peak in the summer months, so it is important to be safe when barbecuing. Regular grill cleanings and propane connection checks are good safety practices, and it is always recommended to grill away from the home and deck just in case.
  1. Laundry Fire Prevention. Laundry room fires are extremely common and are most often caused by a build-up of dryer lint that is then heated to ignition. While many new models contain alerts for this, it is best to get into the habit of cleaning the lint tray out with each load and have the dryer duct cleaned at least once per year.

If your home has been impacted by a fire, we are here to help. With a 24/7 response and a team of fully trained experts, we can handle your restoration in a timely and effective manner.

Keep These Key Fire Safety Tips in Mind | SERVPRO® of Flagstaff/East Sedona

2/3/2020 (Permalink)

Fire starting Williams Keep fire safety in mind

Because of the frequency with which house fires occur, understanding how to protect yourself and your home becomes a vital task. House fires can destroy homes and permanently alter lives, but practicing preparedness and knowing the facts can help you be safer.

Because house fires are such a large concern, there is fortunately an abundance of information about how to practice fire safety in the home. To make it easier for you to find these tips, we have compiled a list of the top fire safety facts you should know.

Top Tips to Increase Fire Safety

Frequently Check Smoke Detectors. Smoke alarms should be placed in every room of your household and checked every 30 days to ensure they are operational. Additionally, try to get an interconnected system if possible, so they will all sound when one is triggered by smoke.

Have a Fire Escape Plan. A household fire escape plan customized to your floor plan and family is one of the best assets in escaping a fire unscathed. Each room should have two designated exits, and all family members should be aware of the procedure if a fire begins.

Know How to Operate a Fire Extinguisher. Choosing the right fire extinguisher for your potential needs is important, as they are all designed to put out different types of flames. Make sure you and all family members understand the operating instructions as well.

Never Leave Flames Unattended. Many of us utilize open flames each day, which can unfortunately lead to nonchalance about the risks they pose. Whether from a scented candle or a fireplace, flames can spread in a moment and should never be unattended for any length of time.

Keep a Closed-Door Policy. Fires can happen at any hour, and the ones that begin during the night are often more fatal. By sleeping with the doors of the home closed, you can stop the fire’s spread and give yourself and your family members more time to escape once the smoke detectors begin to sound.

If you’d like to learn more about protecting yourself from a house fire and how our restoration services can help you recover, get in touch today to learn more.

How We Can Help After Destructive Storms | SERVPRO® of Flagstaff/East Sedona

2/3/2020 (Permalink)

storm damage flagstaff Call SERVPRO Flagstaff immediately in the event of storm damage

Storms occur with a high frequency, but it is important to remember that they can still cause severe damage. For homeowners in 2018, storms caused approximately $2 billion in losses making them one of the most common causes for insurance claims.

If your home sustains damage in a storm, having a plan in place will be helpful. Picking a restoration company in advance means you can make the call as soon as you discover damage to get the repair process underway, and when you choose us, we will be there for you every step of the way.

Why to Work With Us for Storm Restoration

We Will Handle All Types of Damage
Storm damage is often a multifaceted problem, involving structural and water damage that homeowners must contend with. To provide our customers with the highest level of service, we make sure that we are fully qualified and trained in all types of damage restoration—this way when you call us, you can be assured that all your damage will be handled.

We Will Send Highly Trained Technicians
Because we understand the importance of high-quality work, we invest heavily in our technicians’ training and continued education. We make sure everyone is familiar with the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification industry guidelines, and we host many seminars and online learning programs to keep everyone informed on the latest techniques.

We Will Be Able to Help With Any Disaster
We are proud to be locally owned, but we also have the benefit of national resources behind us. Because there are SERVPRO® locations throughout the nation, we are able to call for reinforcements in the event of particularly widespread or severe damages. This means we can help the community restore faster, and make sure everyone receives top-notch service.

We Will Prove Our Reputation Is Deserved
When severe storms come through, there are many who try to take advantage of homeowners with empty promises and fake businesses. Our reputation as a leader in the restoration industry is something we are proud of, and you can trust that we will do the work we promise to perform.

If you have experienced storm damage or want to learn more, you can call us 247 for more details.

Preparing for Disasters As a Small Business Owner | SERVPRO® of Flagstaff/East Sedona

12/27/2019 (Permalink)

< img src =”preparedness.jpg” alt = “preparedness and readiness sayings in bold lettering with red background ” > Having a disaster plan in place is crucial for any business. SERVPRO of Flagstaff / East Sedona is your full service commercial restoration company.

Understanding the importance of preparedness for natural disasters is important for everyone, but especially so for small business owners. Because their business is their livelihood, a natural disaster can be extremely disruptive to their life as well as their business operations, and can even inhibit them from reopening after a disaster.

The good news is that by planning ahead, small business owners can prepare for recovery from a disaster before it strikes to reduce the time they must be closed. To help with these preparations, here are our top tips for helping small business owners plan ahead for emergencies.

Practicing Preparedness for Small Business Owners

1. Double-Check Your Insurance
There are countless different business insurance policies out there, but knowing exactly what yours covers is key to disaster preparations. It is not uncommon for supplemental insurance to be required for business owners to be fully covered, so talking with your agent in advance is a smart move.

2. Create Your Action Plan
Knowing exactly what to do when a disaster is on the way is important to your safety because of how suddenly they can occur. Be sure to plan both for a scenario where you and your staff must evacuate, as well as one where you are directed to stay put by officials. Stocking the office with emergency and first-aid supplies is also wise so you have everything you need on hand.

3. Rehearse Drills and Prepare Staff
Preparing your staff for emergencies is another measure you can take to ensure everything goes smoothly during an emergency scenario. Educating them on your action plan and scheduling drills to practice in the workplace will help everyone prepare for a variety of scenarios and understand just what to do if a disaster becomes imminent.

4. Choose a Restoration Company to Work With
This is one of the single biggest influencers on how quickly your business can reopen after a disaster. Research restoration companies in the area to determine who is best to work with—look for companies that have a quick response time at all hours as well as extensive experience in the commercial field.

If you need to pick a commercial restoration company that’s right for you, call us today! We can tell you all about what sets our process apart.