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How Is Sewer Damage Cleaned? Essential Steps You Don't Want To Skip

8/27/2022 (Permalink)

Sewage water Don't let black water sit and linger.

How Does Sewer Damage Get Cleaned? You Don't Want To Miss These Steps

Sewer cleanup requires more than a mop, towel and bucket of cleaner. This fluid, known as black water, consists of high levels of mold spores and bacteria, which can absorb into your floors and walls. To ensure your commercial space is sanitized thoroughly, following specific guidelines is imperative. The following are four steps you don't want to skip.

1. Discover the Cause of the Sewer Backup

Cut off the water supply to the bathroom and, before cleaning, locate the reason the overflow occurred. Common causes include blockages from hair, personal products and grease. Lines under the ground may also suffer corrosion or cracks, particularly from tree roots.

These issues are hard to see; therefore, call water restoration experts in Elizabeth, TX, to inspect the plumbing. They have innovative technology to scope the pipes and assist in the cleaning stages.

2. Assess Water Exposure

Sewer water is classified as category three contamination because it contains a host of organisms such as bacteria and mold. A group of specialists should examine the impacted space, gathering specimens of the air and materials. This information allows team members to establish a sewer cleanup plan specific to your company's needs.

Water migrates easily, spreading through the drywall, ceiling and floors. You may not realize the extent of dampness. Teams use moisture readers to pinpoint affected zones.

3. Minimize Secondary Damage

Water penetrates porous material, allowing organisms to migrate into your walls, floors and valuables. Before cleaning, concentrate on mitigating spore reproduction and structural rot.
Certified technicians evaluate your room's contents for concern. They remove unaffected pieces to avoid further harm. In addition, the flooded toilet delivered excess moisture and humidity. Extract that dampness efficiently using air movers and industrial dehumidifiers.

4. Sanitize and Restore

Wash and scrub down nonporous items using an antimicrobial treatment. Teams can use high-tech equipment to deodorize the location. Then, attention turns to rebuilding, returning the premises to proper working order.

Don't let black water sit and linger. Follow proper sewer cleanup protocols to ensure to reduce water and organism exposure.

How To Lower Your Business Interruption Insurance Claim

8/27/2022 (Permalink)

Business interruption insurance form and red pencil to sign. You can lower your business interruption insurance claim and get back on track.

How To Reduce Your Insurance Claim for Business Interruption

If your building in Beaumont, TX, experiences a water-related incident such as flooding from a broken pipe, you may be forced to halt business operations until repair and restoration efforts are completed.
Business interruption insurance is designed to provide compensation for lost income during this time. The standard period of coverage is 30 days, but what if restoration efforts take longer than that?
There are many many factors that affect the duration of the restoration process, such as the extent of the water damage, the quality of restoration services rendered, and the effectiveness of communications with your insurance provider.
Here are several ways to promote a quick recovery and lower your business interruption claim.

1. Address Flooding Promptly
Flooding can damage just about anything in your building, including walls, ceilings, floors, equipment, and paper documents. If water is left to sit, mold growth can occur within a day or two, which will complicate restoration efforts and likely prolong the restoration process. If you address large water damage as soon as possible, you can shorten your building's recovery time.

2. Hire Professional Restoration Services
Water damage to commercial buildings often requires professional restoration services. It is important to contact a team of professionals quickly so that you can restore as much of your property as possible. The team will also be able to ensure that all water is removed so that you can avoid mold growth.

3. Keep Detailed Records
Take photos of every incidence of damage from multiple angles. Keep records of all communications with the restoration company and the insurance company. Inadequate record-keeping and ineffective communication can lead to a claims process that is longer than it needs to be.
Following these tips will help your business bounce back from water damage quickly. You can lower your business interruption insurance claim and get back on track.

Does an Adjuster Need To Inspect Damage Prior to Mitigation?

8/22/2022 (Permalink)

Flood Insurance form If an adjuster cannot see how bad the damage was, he or she may be less likely to settle a flood insurance claim for the full amount.

Is it necessary for an adjuster to inspect damage prior to mitigation?

Homeowners dealing with flood damage may wonder whether they should start mitigation before an adjuster arrives to assess losses. If there has recently been widespread flooding or severe weather in Beaumont, TX, adjusters may have a lengthy backlog. It can be worthwhile to mitigate damage as soon as possible. Here are a few pointers on starting mitigation for homeowners who plan to make a flood insurance claim.

Documentation Before Mitigation

A homeowner must capture the full extent of damage prior to mitigation. There are several useful forms of documentation:

• Photographs
• Video footage
• Professional estimates

This evidence will be necessary to support a flood insurance claim. Even if mitigation is underway when an adjuster arrives, proof of damage enables homeowners to obtain compensation for losses.

Provide Insurers With an Estimate

A professional estimate is also useful for making a claim. A one-stop damage mitigation and restoration company can provide a complete estimate. Insurers are more likely to accept an estimate calculated by a preferred vendor.

Schedule a Visit From an Adjuster

An adjuster will probably need to visit the property to process a claim. Homeowners should provide documentation and explain mitigation measures. Insurers require property owners to do everything in their power to limit primary damage and avoid secondary mold damage. Timely mitigation may make it easier to settle a claim.

It is crucial to document the worst of the damage caused by a flood or storm before taking mitigation measures. If an adjuster cannot see how bad the damage was, he or she may be less likely to settle a flood insurance claim for the full amount. Keep in mind that most standard homeowners policies exclude flood damage, and a separate flood policy is necessary. Relying on a company that provides both mitigation and restoration services will enable homeowners to give insurers a single estimate and expedite the claim process.

House Fire Facts

5/25/2022 (Permalink)

House Fire Facts

  • House fires cause nearly 4,000 deaths and over 2,000 server injuries to Americans every year.
  • Heat from a fire can reach over 1,100 degrees in less than 4 minutes.
  • About 80% of civilian deaths are from house fires.
  • Areas without fire in them can get up to 300 degrees, which is hot enough to melt plastics.
  • Leading cause of fire deaths is careless smoking.
  • A working smoke detector more than doubles the chance of survival in a house fire.

Causes of House Fires

  • Faulty appliances/ wiring causes the greatest amount of house fires.
  • Heating devices such as heaters, wood stoves, and fireplaces. Most fires start when something like furniture, boxes or clothing overheat from being placed to close to the heat source.
  • Cigarettes being dropped onto furniture like beds, sofas, or chairs.
  • Children playing with fire causes house fires every year.

For more information, visit Home Fire Facts | SF Fire Website (sf-fire.org).

What To Do Before a Hurricane

5/25/2022 (Permalink)

Evacuation

  • If advised to evacuate, know where you will go and how you will get there.
  • Plan before hand if you need help with transportation.
  • Mobile, manufactured, trailer homes and recreational vehicles are not safe in high wind events.

Shelter

  • Prepare to live without power, water, gas, phones, and internet for an extended period.
  • Practice going to a designated safe shelter for high winds. The best shelter would be a small room with no windows on the lowest level that is least likely to flood.
  • Flooding can happen quickly, so be prepared to evacuate fast if needed.

Stay Connected

  • Sign up for free emergency alerts for your local government and monitor the local news and weather.
  • Have a backup battery or a way to charge your cellphone.
  • Have a battery powered radio in case of a power outage.
  • Understand the difference in alerts-
    • A WATCH means be prepared
    • A WARNING means take action
  • Plan for electrical needs including medical equipment. Talk to your doctor and plan for backup power.

Emergency Supplies

  • Gather food, medicine, and water. Stores and pharmacies may be closed and create and Go-Kit and Stay-at-Home Kit.
  • Go-Kit: At least 3 days of supplies you can carry with you. Include backup batteries and chargers for devices. (Cell phones, CPAP, wheelchair, etc.)
  • Stay-at-Home Kit: At least 2 weeks of supplies.
  • Have a 1-month supply of medicine and medical supplies in a childproof container.
  • Keep personal, financial, and medical records safe and easy to access (hard copies or securely backed up on a form of technology). Consider keeping a card with medical information and dosages.

Protect your Home

Wind

  • Secure or bring inside outdoor items like lawn furniture, trashcans, and anything that can be picked up by wind and hurt someone.
  • Anchor objects that are unsafe to bring inside, like gas grills and propane tanks.
  • Protect windows with permanent storm shutters or sheeting.

Flood

  • Clean our drains, gutters, and downspouts.
  • Stockpile protective materials like sandbags and plastic sheeting.
  • Consider elevating heating systems, water heaters, and electric panels.
  • Review insurance policies with your agency.

What To Do During and After a Hurricane

5/25/2022 (Permalink)

During a Hurricane 

Evacuation

  • If advised to evacuate, go quickly.
  • Bring a Go-Kit: at least 3 days of supplies and batteries.
  • Follow evacuation routes and do not take short cuts because they may be closed.
  • Check with local officials for shelter locations. Download the Red Cross Emergency App to find shelters near you.

Protection from High Winds and Flooding

  • Take shelter in a designated storm shelter or an interior room for high winds.
  • Stay away from glass windows and doors.
  • Move to higher ground before flooding begins.
  • Never walk, swim, or drive through floodwater. 

After a Hurricane

Staying Safe

  • Wait for officials to say it is safe before going back home.
  • Avoid fallen, drowned, or damaged powerlines and poles. They can electrocute you.
  • Do not touch floodwaters because they may contain sewage, bacteria, and chemicals.
  • If power is out, use battery powered light sources to reduce fire risks.
  • Gasoline, propane, natural gas, or charcoal-burning devices inside enclosed spaces.
  • Throw-out food that got wet or warm.
  • Monitor local health department for information about drinking water safety, as flooding and hurricanes can make it unsafe.

Cleanup

  • Wear appropriate protective equipment including gloves, googles, and boots.
  • Clean and disinfect anything that got wet.
  • Work with a partner when clearing heavy debris.
  • Have the proper training before using equipment, like chainsaws.

Health

  • Heart attacks are the leading cause of death after hurricanes from overworking.
  • Check with doctors about refrigerated medicines.
  • Eat healthy foods and get enough sleep to help deal with stress.
  • Stress and anxiety after hurricanes are normal.

For more information, visit Hurricane Preparedness Checklist (redcross.org)

Watch vs. Warning

5/25/2022 (Permalink)

Severe Weather

Texas is known for the changing weather conditions. Severe weather like hurricanes, tornadoes, and lighting can hit at any instant. It is important to know the difference between a watch and a warning. Both can be issued by the National Weather Service. It can be released to a specific amount of time in certain areas.

Watch

A watch means the community should watch the sky because conditions make it possible for the development of severe weather. Keeping an eye on the weather and staying tuned to the local radio and televisions in case conditions worsen.

Warning

A warning indicates severe storms or tornadoes have been spotted or is indicated on a National Weather Service Radar. All of those within the designated areas should seek shelter and take cover immediately until the danger passes.

For more information, visit https://www.friscotexas.gov/333/Severe-Weather.

Portable Grill Safety

5/20/2022 (Permalink)

Food plays an important role in outdoor festivities throughout the year and portable grills make it possible to be away from home. While they are smaller, they still have risks. Here are some tips on how to be safe during your adventurous summer!

Environment

  • Only grill where there are no fire restrictions in place. Check to make sure you are permitted to grill in the area.
  • Check fire danger ratings in the area to check if weather or other factors make it dangerous to light a flame.

Safely Starting Charcoal

  • Charcoal Chimney starters allow you to ignite the charcoal using newspaper. Use a long match to avoid burning your fingers when lighting the paper.
  • Only use a lighter fluid intended for charcoal grills.
  • Never add charcoal starter fluids to coals or kindling that has already been ignited.
  • Never use gasoline or other flammable liquids except charcoal starter or lighter fluid to start a charcoal fire.

Cooking Safety

  • Place the grill away from overhanging branches, foot traffic, lawn games, and play areas.
  • Keep children and pets, anything that can burn, and oven mitts and towels at least 3 feet away from open flames and heat.
  • Use long handled grilling tools to have clearance from you and the heat and grill.
  • Never leave the fire unattended.

Disposing of Charcoal

  • Douse the fire with water and make sure it is cold to the touch before leaving the area.
  • Empty coals into a metal container with tight-fitting lid that is used to collect coal only. Place the container away from anything that can burn.
  • Never empty coal directly into a trashcan.
  • Store charcoal and starter fluids away from children and heat sources.

For more information, visit Outdoor cooking safety with portable grills | NFPA

Commercial Cleaning- Biohazards and Sewage

5/19/2022 (Permalink)

Biological and chemical containments can cause significant damage when not properly removed. Failure to correctly clean such substances contributes to unsafe and unhealthy environments. SERVPRO of Beaumont is trained and equipped with the necessary products to clean and dispose of biohazards correctly, according to OSHA and health regulations. Decontamination due to biohazard can not only be dangerous but emotional as well, and training and experience is key when choosing a cleanup company to achieve transforming your commercial buildings back into healthy and safe environments for you and your employees. SERVPRO of Beaumont provides cleanup and decontamination of the following:

  • Sewage backups
  • Crime scene residues
  • Suicide/death accidents
  • Homicide cleanups
  • Blood cleanups
  • Accident cleanups
  • Hoarding scenes
  • Animals waste/remains
  • Chemical spills
  • Tear gas cleanup
  • Illegal Drug Manufacturing Labs

For more information on Commercial Biohazard Cleanups, call us today at (409) 212- 1977!

What To Do Until Help Arrives- Biohazard

5/19/2022 (Permalink)

Biohazard contaminants, like sewer backups and flood water, can cause extensive damage to your business. SERVPRO of Beaumont has the training and equipment to effectively and safely clean up and restore your business.  But it is important to know what to do and what not to do, so here are some tips on what you can do until help arrives.

Safety

Your primary focus should be safety after any biohazard contamination.

  • Is it safe to stay in the building?
  • Minimize exposure to biological and chemical contaminants
  • Flood water can contain sewage, pesticides, and other contaminants.

What to Do After Contamination

  • Stay away from affected areas.
  • Call emergency personnel if the situation is life-threatening.
  • Treat ALL bodily fluids as if they are contaminants.

What Not to Do After Contamination

  • Don’t use household vacuum to remove water.
  • Don’t use appliances, televisions, or any electronics connected to potentially affected outlets.
  • Don’t turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet and keep out of areas where the ceiling is sagging.

Biohazards should be treated as an emergency and SERVPRO of Beaumont has the specific training and expertise to safely remediate these contaminants.

For more information call SERVPRO of Beaumont now, at (409) 212- 1977.