SERVPRO Helps Thomasville Business Owners Keep Their Facilities Clean
The winter months are known for a variety of things; cold weather, snow, and illnesses, all of which can cause business disruptions. Due to the frigid temperatures, people are stuck indoors more, thus spreading germs to family and coworkers. The viruses will continue to spread unless the work surfaces are sanitized.
Sick Building Syndrome is a condition that can be a health hazard for employees and cost companies millions in lost productivity. Sick Building Syndrome is a result of poor air quality generally because of flaws in heating and venation. It can also cause germs or contaminates are spread around due to inadequate cleaning or employee illness.
So how do you combat this? You can call the experts of SERVPRO of Lexington / Thomasville. Our team of highly trained experts can come out to your business and help determine the source of the problem and create a plan of action to get your building and employees healthy again.
So, if your employees keep getting sick, give SERVPRO of Lexington / Thomasville a call at 336-224-2565 for your no-cost assessment today.
Learn the facts about devastating wildfires
With the recent talk of the deadly wildfires in Australia and the fires that ravaged thousands upon thousands of acres of land across California in the summer of 2018 officials at the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection said these combined fires comprised the largest wildlands fire in state history. Frightening images of blazes consuming landscapes dominated newscasts as thousands of people were forced to evacuate. Wildfires torch everything in their paths, devastating communities, businesses, and natural resources. Outbreaks seems to come out of nowhere, and meteorologists are not yet able to forecast when wildfires may occur. It is important to note that wildfires are often started by humans. The National Park Service says as many as 90 percent of wildland fires in the United States are caused by negligence — whether it’s discarded cigarette butts or campfires left unattended. Some are intentional acts of arson. Nature also may be responsible, with lightning strikes causing torching of parched plants and trees. When combined with the perfect conditions, which can include dry weather, drought, and strong winds, a mere spark can develop into a months-long blaze. The NPS has wildland fire managers who constantly assess the threat of human-caused fires and the threat of wildland fires to humans. Assessments are made as to whether the wildfire should be left to run its course (in rural areas) or it should be contained and extinguished in a human-dominated landscape. National Geographic states that, historically, wildfires are actually supposed to be beneficial to certain natural landscapes, clearing underbrush in forests and triggering the release of seeds in some plant species, such as the Jackpine. However, when they encroach on people, their danger intensifies. According to Cal Fire, Santa Ana Winds and Diablo Winds are stronger-than-normal wind conditions that occur in Southern and Northern California, respectively. These winds can push a fire the length of a football field in a minute. Embers also pushed in front of fires become small spot fires. Powerful winds can disrupt efforts to extinguish fires, dissipating fire retardants dropped by aircraft. Wildfires can wreak havoc on the environment and impact personal health. Worldwide, wildfire smoke kills 339,000 people per year according to estimates from Environmental Health Perspectives. Inhaling smoke can exacerbate asthma, and carbon monoxide can damage the respiratory system. Considering how difficult it can be to contain fires, prevention remains key. Remember Smokey Bear’s tips, which remain relevant for kids and adults today: • Never play with matches or lighters in the forest. • Always watch your campfire. • Always be careful with fire. • Make sure a campfire is completely extinguished before leaving it. • Observe posted fire-risk warnings. Wildfires remain a constant threat wherever the conditions are right for fires to ignite. People need to be diligent in their prevention of these potentially far-reaching hazards.
You’ve discovered mold in your Clemmons home now what?
While packing away your Christmas decorations you discover mold has begun growing in your basement. What do you do? Many people would be tempted just to clean the area with bleach and move on but is that the right answer? Mold is a naturally occurring fungus in our environment, but the problems begin when mold begins to grow in our home or business. That is because there is usually an underlying problem that caused the mold to form such as a water leak. Stopping the source of moisture is the first step and the most critical in mold remediation along with deep cleaning and microbial. Bleach will only kill the surface mold not the underlying spores in the affected material and since bleach is mostly water it can actually feed the mold growth. That is why it is so important to have an expert come out and assess your damage. The experts at SERVPRO of Lexington/Thomasville are highly trained in detected mold, finding the source and removing the hazard. With our no-cost assessment our team will come to your home and discuss what they have found and create a custom plan of action to get your home back to preloss conditions. If you or someone you love suspect you have a mold problem give SERVPRO a call today; 336-224-2565.
Stock the car for roadside emergencies
Disasters can happen in a flash, and having a plan in place for common emergency situations can make it easier to handle adverse conditions, particularly when away from home. According to MFASCO Health and Safety, a supplier of first aid supplies and kits, 90 percent of people do not carry first aid supplies or other emergency gear in their vehicles. Among those who may carry supplies, 30 percent never check to determine if they’re in good working order. The National Safety Council says that drivers should always keep emergency supply kits in the trunks or cargo areas of their vehicles. Kits should be inspected every six months, and worn out items should be replaced. Roadside emergency kits can make the difference between getting back on the road safely or being stranded for hours. Such kits also may help prevent or treat injuries, potentially saving lives. Weather should be considered when preparing vehicle emergency kits, which should include the following.
• A properly inflated spare tire and tire-changing equipment
• Jumper cables
• A multipurpose utility tool and/or tool kit
• Flashlight and batteries
• Flares or triangle reflectors
• An extra quart of motor oil
• A first-aid kit containing at the least, gauze, tape, bandages, antibiotic ointment, aspirin, nonlatex gloves, scissors, hydrocortisone, thermometer, tweezers, and instant cold compress
• A blanket
• A tire pressure gauge
• A portable tire inflator
• Paper towels
• Nonperishable, high-energy foods
• Drinking water
• A reflective vest
• Duct tape
• A fire extinguisher
• An ice scraper
• A folding shovel
• Coolant and washer fluid
• A phone charger
• Baby/child supplies, if pertinent
Keep roadside emergency kits organized at all times. Store items securely in a milk crate, box or backpack so they are always readily available. People should familiarize themselves with the items in the kit so they know how to use them correctly and quickly. With some planning and organization, drivers can have the supplies they will need to make it through roadside emergencies safely.
Call The Experts When Your Business Needs Specialty Cleanup
Biohazard, crime scene, and vandalism can happen any time and anywhere. If it happens in your business, it can be a double whammy because not only does it disrupt your life, it disrupts your livelihood. So, after the police have left and the crime scene tape has been removed, Lexington business owners should call SERVPRO of Lexington /Thomasville. We are here to help. It is natural for business owners to feel overwhelmed and uncertain. Many times these situations are far outside the ability of your regular maintenance department, and that's where SERVPRO comes in. By calling the experts at SERVPRO of Lexington / Thomasville, we can help ease fears and get your business back to normal as quickly as possible. Our compassionate team is compromised of highly trained professionals that can handle all types of commercial clean up, such as:
- Crime Scene Cleanup
- Vandalism Cleanup
- Biohazardous Cleanup
- Trauma Cleanup
- Sewage Cleanup
- Temporary Security Fences
- Emergency Board Ups
Our team will arrive on-site, assess the situation, and consult with the companies' representatives to discuss the best course of action. Once all parties agree, our team will begin. Each case is different, but our technicians are experts in bringing your business back to preloss conditions.
If your company has experienced damage due to vandalism, biohazardous/crime scene clean up give us a call at 336-224-2565 today!
How businesses can prepare for natural disasters
Disaster preparedness strategies can help communities overcome floods, fires, hurricanes, and storms. Many of these strategies focus on helping residents of communities that are prone to storms protect themselves and their homes from the wrath of Mother Nature. But it’s equally important that local business owners take steps to ensure their businesses survive natural disasters. Local businesses can play vital roles as communities try to recover from natural disasters. Such businesses can provide supplies like food and water to residents in need. In addition, businesses that are able to simply open their doors to customers can create a sense of normalcy in a community at a time when that normalcy can be comforting. However, in order to provide such services, businesses must first make it through disasters unscathed, and that takes planning.
• Create a formal written plan. The Insurance Information Institute advises business owners to create formal written plans that detail how the business will respond to and recover from a disaster. This plan may include temporary relocation. Business owners should know where they can go if they need to temporarily set up shop elsewhere in the wake of a disaster. SERVPRO offers free assistance with emergency response with our ERP program
• Make sure employees know the plan and their roles. Once the plan has been developed, business owners should share it with their employees and go over each employees’ role. Assign responsibilities to staff members and train them so they are fully equipped to handle their role and confront disaster if the need arises. Periodically revisit the plan and go over it again with staff members, conducting drills at each review so everyone is in the best position to respond quickly and effectively. SERVPRO's ERP app is a mobile-based plan that each employee can access through their phone
• Keep emergency supplies on hand. The Insurance Information Institute recommends business owners store flashlights, first-aid kits and battery-powered radios in their businesses. It may also be wise to store food, water, and blankets if the business is in a remote or potentially inaccessible location, such as the top of a high-rise. The III also notes that keeping generators on hand may help businesses return to operations more quickly than waiting for utility companies, which tend to be overwhelmed with service calls in the wake of disasters or heavy storms, to address power issues.
• Back up key information and data off-site. Cloud computing has made it easier than ever for businesses to protect important data from natural disasters, and business owners should make use of such services. Make sure to store important disaster-specific information that you might need, such as insurance policies and staff phone numbers, on cloud storage or somewhere else off-site so it is not destroyed.
• Do your best to protect the building. Heed warnings from the weather service and board up entry points if a storm figures to be especially violent. Doing so can protect the building where your business is housed as well as everything therein. Businesses that plan ahead for natural disasters can typically get back on their feet quickly after storms come and go.
If you would like to learn more about SERVPRO of Lexington/Thomasville's FREE ERP Program give us a call today at 336-224-2565.
Winter Storm Safety for your Thomasville Home
As little as a quarter inch of rain can cause trees to break and power lines to snap.
Living in the Triad of North Carolina has many benefits. One of which is our beautiful weather. But with our unique location between the mountains and the coast, residents not only have to prepare for hurricanes and tornadoes but severe winter weather.
Winter Storm Warnings should be taken as seriously as any other type of weather warning, and residents should take immediate precautions when the notification is announced. We are in a unique location in our state. A few miles in either direction and the winter weather can be literally anything from a dusting of snow to several feet or even deadly freezing rain. A mere quarter of an inch of freezing rain can cause massive amounts of damage to trees and powerlines, thus putting your home or business at risk.
So, how should you prepare for winter weather?
Before the Storm
- Remove all low hanging limbs from around your home or business.
- Assemble an Emergency Preparedness Kit
Create a plan of action in the invent you lose power
- Make sure all winter maintenance is done on your vehicle and it has a full tank of gas
- Stock up on food for you and your pet
- Double-check to make sure your pipes are well insulated
- Stock up on fuel oil or wood for your fireplace if needed
During the Storm
- Have a weather radio handy or download a weather app to your phone
- Bring your pets indoors
- Stay indoors
After The Storm
- Avoid overexertion. Heart attacks from shoveling heavy snow are a leading cause of death during the winter.
- Avoid driving until road conditions improve
Check on large animals that we're unable to be moved indoors.
For more information on preparing for a winter storm, check out redcross.org. And if your home or business is damaged during the storm contact the professionals of SERVPRO of Lexington/Thomasville at 336-224-2565. We’re Faster To Any Disaster.
Keep your natural tree fresh this Christmas
The following tips can help trees last until the final present is unwrapped and the last of the egg nog has been consumed.
Natural Christmas tree aficionados love the authenticity such trees provide during the holiday season. Natural trees also provide a unique aroma that can make holiday celebrations feel homier.
When purchasing natural trees, holiday celebrants, especially those who like to buy their trees in early December, may be concerned about keeping their trees fresh throughout the holiday season. The following tips can help trees last until the final present is unwrapped and the last of the eggnog has been consumed.
- Buy a freshly cut tree. Whenever possible, celebrants should cut their own trees. This ensures that the tree they bring home is fresh, increasing the chances it will remain so throughout the season. If it’s not possible to cut your own tree, the National Fire Protection Association notes that fresh trees should have green needles that do not come off when touched. Trees that appear to be dried out or those that shed needles when touched should be avoided.
- Protect trees on the way home. The Tree Care Industry Association advises consumers to protect their Christmas trees as they transport them home. Wrap the tree in a plastic wrap so it makes it home damage-free. A damaged tree might not make it through the holiday season.
- Cut pre-cut trees before leaving the lot. Pre-cut trees can make it through the holiday season looking their best, but buyers should request that employees cut as much as two inches off the bottom of the tree before leaving the lot. Once trees are cut, sap begins to seal their base, making it hard for them to absorb water. By requesting that between one and two inches be removed from the bottom of the tree at the time of purchase, buyers are ensuring their trees will be able to absorb the water they’ll need to make it through the season when they get home.
- Place the tree in water the moment you get home. To prevent the base of the tree from drying out, place it in water the moment you get home. Freshly cut trees may initially need the water in their tree stands filled in the morning and then again in the evening. As the season progresses, trees likely won’t need their stands filled more than once per day.
- Place the tree away from heat sources. Placing trees away from heat sources, such as radiators, fireplaces, heating vents, and lights, reduces the likelihood that trees will dry out and also reduces the risk of fire.
A few simple strategies can help holiday revelers ensure their Christmas trees make it through the holiday season unscathed.
Stay safe when stringing holiday lights
Holiday lighting can make your home a magical place but don't forget to use caution when decorating for the holiday.
Lighting displays are one of the many things that help make the holiday season a special time of year. Often awe-inspiring, holiday lighting displays present a perfect opportunity for communities and individuals to showcase their festive sides. Safety should always be a priority when stringing holiday lights both inside and outside a home. The National Fire Protection Association notes that, between 2009 and 2014, fire departments in the United States responded to an average of 210 home fires that started with Christmas trees per year. Lighting displays strung on home exteriors also can pose safety risks if homeowners do not exercise caution. Fortunately, various strategies can help homeowners safely decorate their homes' interiors and exteriors this holiday season.
¥ Choose a fresh tree. The NFPA recommends celebrants who prefer natural Christmas trees choose ones with fresh, green needles that do not fall off when touched. Dry trees are more likely to catch fire than freshly cut trees. Adding water to the tree stand each day will keep trees fresher longer. When placing the tree, avoid placing it too close to heat sources, making sure it is at least three feet away from fireplaces, radiators, candles, heat vents, or lights.
- Check all lights before stringing them. All lights, including those going on trees inside a home and those being strung outside, should be inspected prior to being strung. Look for any worn or broken cords and replace any defected lights.
- Employ the buddy system. When stringing lights, always work with at least one other person. This makes it safe for homeowners who must climb ladders to string lights on especially tall trees and/or on their home exteriors.
- Avoid working in inclement weather. The weather during the holiday season can sometimes be unpleasant or unpredictable. Check the forecast before stringing exterior lights to ensure Mother Nature won't pose a threat. Avoid hanging lights if the forecast predicts wet, icy or windy conditions that can make ladders unstable.
- Turn lights off when going to bed and/or leaving the house. Interior and exterior holiday lights should not be left on when no one is home or everyone inside is sleeping. If left on overnight or when no one is home, lights may contribute to fires that damage homes and may even prove fatal. Holiday lighting displays help make this time of year special. Following some simple safety procedures when decorating with lights can ensure everyone enjoys a safe and happy holiday season.
If the worse should happen call the experts of SERVPRO of Lexington/Thomasville at 336-224-2565. With our 24 hour emergency services we are faster to any disaster
Helping Insurance Agents Help Their Customers
Agents attending a continuing education class taught by SERVPRO of Lexington/Thomasville's owner, Craig Harmon
SERVPRO of Lexington/Thomasville recently held several continuing education classes for several insurance agencies across the Triad. Our goal is always to be of services to our community. By providing continuing education to agents, adjustors and realtors SERVPRO of Lexington/Thomasville can ensure these professionals have the latest education to help their customers will help their customers with their needs.
Our company goes through rigorous training to be able to teach a wide variety of classes. Another way SERVPRO of Lexington/Thomasville helps their community is offering no cost assessments for their customers. Insurance deductibles can be very expensive. So, before filing a claim SERVPRO of Lexington/Thomasville will come by your property and scope the problem/loss to:
- Determine if you have a problem
- If the loss would be expensive enough to justify filing a claim with your insurance
- Explain what the problem is and how it can be repaired.
As you can see the goal of SERVPRO of Lexington/Thomasville is to be a resource to our friends and neighbors in Davidson County. If you suspect your home or business has experienced a loss due to fire, water and mold give us a call today at 336-224-2565.