Be prepared for severe weather
Being prepared to act quickly can be critical to staying safe during a weather event. Many businesses affected by major disasters never reopen—especially if they do not have an emergency plan in place. Knowing your risk of severe weather, taking action and being an example are just a few steps you can take to be better prepared.
Know Your Risk.
Understanding the type of hazardous weather, how it can affect you, your family or employees is important. Check the weather forecast regularly, and obtain a NOAA Weather Radio.
Create a communications plan for your home and business. Put together or purchase an emergency kit. Keep important papers and materials in a safe place.
Be an Example.
Share your preparedness story with your family and friends. Inspire others to do the same.
Preparation is key in making it through any size disaster and having a plan in place may help. Don’t wait until disaster strikes. Call SERVPRO of Davenport/Bettendorf at (563) 386-3540 to establish your Emergency Ready Profile and be “ready for whatever happens.”
Mold removal process
Mold can spread extremely quickly; in as little as 48 hours it can become a problem in your home or business. Although every mold damage scenario differs, the general mold remediation process stays the same. Below are the “typical” mold removal steps for this process:
- Call SERVPRO of Davenport/Bettendorf at (563)-386-3540.
The mold cleanup restoration process begins when you call us. We will assess your situation by asking you a series of questions to help determine the necessary equipment, resources, and personnel needed.
- Inspection and mold damage assessment
We will carefully inspect your property for signs of mold using various technologies to detect mold and hidden water sources. Mold can be hidden from plain view.
- Mold containment
Various containment procedures will be placed to prevent the spread of mold, like negative air chambers to isolate the contaminated area with physical barriers and negative air pressure to keep the mold spores from spreading during the cleanup process.
- Air filtration
Specialized filtration equipment captures microscopic mold spores out of the air. Powerful “air scrubbers” and HEPA vacuums will be utilized to prevent the spread of these mold spores.
- Removing mold and mold-infested materials
This will depend on the amount of growth and the types of surfaces on which the mold appears.
- Cleaning contents and belongings
We will clean your furniture, décor, curtains, and other restorable items affected by mold.
Depending on the level of damage, restoration may involve minor repairs, such as replacing drywall, paintings, and installing new carpet; or it may entail major repairs such as the reconstruction of various areas or rooms in a home or business.
SERVPRO Davenport/Bettendorf at (563) 386-3540. We understand mold and mold growth and have the training and equipment to remediate mold in your home or business.
Contraire to the popular belief, not all mold is dangerous. Some mold is useful. Fungi and mold naturally occur in our environment. More than 100,000 different types of fungi have been discovered. Fungi is present in our everyday lives in bread and baked products. Although some types are useful, some may be harmful. Excessive amounts of mold and mold exposure may present negative effects for some people.
The intrusion of water into your home or business may result in mold growth. Water intrusions can be caused by storm damage, plumbing or equipment failures, long standing leaks and poor humidity control. When these water intrusions are not addressed immediately, then the risk of harmful mold increases. Organic materials found inside a building such as wood, drywall, paper, and insulations, provide a food source for mold, allowing growth to flourish.
When determining if you have a mold problem, be alert for: the presence of visible mold, strong musty odors, evidence of past moisture problems and excessive humidity.
If you fear you have a mold problem, call SERVPRO of Davenport/Bettendorf at (563) 386- 3540. We are here to help.
Ready plan to stay in business
Ready business asks companies to take three simple steps: plan to stay in business encourage your people to become Ready and protect your investment.
Ready Business, and extension of the ready campaign, helps business owners and managers of small and medium sized businesses prepare their employees, operations and assets in the event of an emergency. The business section of Ready.gov contains vital information for businesses on how to get started preparing their business and their unique needs during an emergency.
The following are a few suggestions to help you develop an emergency escape plan:
Organize an emergency preparedness procedures review with employees to review your company’s emergency plans.
Once a plan is developed, post evacuation procedures, including routes and exits, where they are easily accessible to all employees.
Conduct office evacuation exercises and drills. Have SERVPRO conduct a no cost ERP for your business.
Call SERVPRO Davenport/Bettendorf at (563)-386-3540 to establish your Emergency READY Profile.
How to manage damage from clean water or damage from contaminated water
Damage from clean water
- Shut off the water source if possible or contact a qualified professional to do so
- Turn off circuit breakers from wet areas of the building if access to the power distribution panel is safe from potential electrical shock. Do not enter rooms with standing water, as electrical shock hazards may exist.
- Remove as much excess water as possible by mopping and blotting. Wipe excess water from wood furniture after removing lamps and tabletop items.
- Remove and prop up wet upholstery cushions to allow more even drying.
- Move any paintings, art objects, computers, documents and other valuable items that may be sensitive to moisture to a safe place.
- Do not leave books, newspapers, magazines or other colored items on wet carpets or floors as they may cause staining.
- Do not use your household vacuum cleaner to remove water as there is potential for electrical shock or causing damage to the vacuum cleaner.
- Do not turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet; do not enter rooms where ceilings are sagging from retained water.
Damage from contaminated water
- Avoid all contact with sewage and items contaminated by sewage. Wash your hands thoroughly if you come in contact with contaminated items.
- Do not walk through contaminated areas, as you could spread damage to unaffected areas.
- Do not turn on the HVAC system if there is a possibility of spreading contaminated air.
- Do not use household fans to dry the structure; air flow could spread contaminants.
- Discard any food and/or products for personal hygiene and cleanliness if exposed to the contaminated areas.
When you have a water damage, don’t leave your property to chance. Call SERVPRO Davenport/Bettendorf at (563) 386-3540.
Tools to help you be prepared for severe weather
One of the easiest ways to protect yourself during sever weather is to have a weather radio in your home or office. It is just as important to have a radio as it is to have a fire alarm according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
A weather radio is designed to alert you of dangerous weather situations. Allows you to be warned in order to be safe. Most major retailers and online stores offer weather radios with these features for around $30. The following are the most important features to look for in a weather radio:
- Reviewable alerts (you can scroll through alerts and turn off the siren for alerts you do not wish to hear).
- Specific Area Message Encoding (SAME) alert programming (alerts when specific counties are threatened, ensuring you only receive alerts for your county)..
- Ease of programming.
Remember to be safe and keep track of weather conditions. When fire or water damage puts the things that matter most on the line, you need the very best help on the line as well. Call SERVPRO Davenport/Bettendorf at (563) 386-3540 to get the team that’s faster to any size disaster.
Be ready with the SERVPRO Emergency Ready Program
The SERVPRO emergency READY Profile (ERP) will help ensure you and your business are “Ready for whatever happens.”
In the event of an emergency, the SERVPRO ERP, can help minimize business interruption by having an immediate plan of action in place for your facility. The ERP is a comprehensive document containing critical information about your business, including: Emergency Contact Information, Shut-off valve locations and priority areas. It is also accessible online using your computer or tablet; download SERVPRO’s free ready plan app to access this information at any time using your smartphone or tablet.
The ERP establishes SERVPRO Davenport/Bettendorf as your disaster mitigation and restoration provider, giving you access to over 45 years of experience and a system more than 1,700 franchises strong. Knowing what to do and who to call in advance is key to quick response and timely mitigation.
The ERP is a no cost assessment, all it requires is a little time, making it a great value that could save a lot of time in the future. Call SERVPRO Davenport/Bettendorf at (563) 386-3540 to establish your Emergency READY Profile.
What you need to know about mold
When determining if you have a mold problem, be alert for: the presence of visible mold, strong musty odors, evidence of past moisture problems and excessive humidity. The intrusion of water into your home or business may result in mold growth. Water intrusions can be caused by storm damage, plumbing or equipment failures, long standing leaks and poor humidity control. When these water damages are not addresses right away, the resulting damage can be an increased risk of harmful mold.
SERVPRO professionals handle water damages every day and know prompt action is required to prevent mold growth. Mold is more likely to spread when an environment has been subject to moisture for an extended period of time. If your property has sustained a recent water damage, it is vital to remove excess water and dry the structure promptly. Once the environment is dry, I tis important the structure is properly cleaned.
If you fear you have a mold problem, call SERVPRO Davenport/Bettendorf at (563) 386-3540. A technician trained in mold remediation will examine the structure and determine the steps needed to contain and clean the affected areas.
Effective drying process to rid water and mold
There’s no such thing as a small disaster—especially when the water you don’t see contains bacteria or can cause mold, rot and other unseen damage. When there’s a water intrusion, like a roof leak or leaking water line, mold can quickly become a problem in your home or business.
Did you know there is actually a science behind the process of drying? Having the knowledge of psychometrics is essential to restoring a water damaged structure to its preloss condition. While your initial reaction may be to grab a few towels to mop up the mess and place a fan or two around the damaged area, SERVPRO Davenport/Bettendorf professionals are trained in the science of drying and follow strict industry approved standards to help lower the chances of any secondary damages such as mold.
If your business suffers from a water or mold damage give SERVPRO Davenport/Bettendorf a call at (563) 386-3540. We are ready to help.
Shocking facts about lightning
Lightning is one of the leading causes of weather-related fatalities. Though the odds of being struck by lightning in a given year around 1 in 500,000, some factors can put you at greater risk for being struck. Here are a few lightning safety tips.
Check the forecast before participating in outdoor activities. If it calls for thunderstorms, postpone your trip or activity, or make sure adequate safe shelter is available.
Remember the phrase, “When thunder roars, go indoors.” Find a safe, enclosed shelter when you hear thunder. Safe shelters include homes, offices, shopping centers, and hard-top vehicles with the windows rolled up.
Avoid windows, doors, porches, and concrete.
Do not lie on concrete floors and avoid leaning on concrete walls. Lightening can travel through any metal wires or bars in concrete walls or flooring.
If you fear you have storm damage, call SERVPRO Davenport/Bettendorf at (563) 396-3540. We are here to help.