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Minimizing Fire and Water Damage in the Fall: A Brief Guide

12/7/2022 (Permalink)

Blog Summary: SERVPRO® of Coppell and West Addison, a leader in fire and water damage restoration services, provides a comprehensive guide on ways people can minimize water and fire damage in the fall.

Fire and water damage can severely affect the home and wallet, especially when homeowners don't know where to begin. SERVPRO of Coppell and West Addison advises taking precautions to mitigate these damages and provide affordable fire and water damage restoration services. What can home and business owners do to help?

1. Schedule a roof inspection

A roof inspection assesses the condition and safety of a roof going into the colder months. Trees can cause severe damage in the fall and winter, even more so when their branches are heavy with snow or hail. Some signs of water damage include ceiling stains, roof dips, or lost shingles.

2. Clean out gutters

Fall weather involves heavy rain and chances of snow. Wet leaves, dirt, and other natural debris dangerously clog gutters, leaving no place for water to travel away from the structure. Thoroughly cleaning gutters in the fall can help prevent water damage and flooding in the basements and homes.

3. Clear debris

Wet leaves or summer storm debris can weigh down gutters and your roof, leading to damage and problems like mold, rot, or water damage. One of the greatest dangers of water damage is the destruction of a roof's structure and the support of the home.

4. Keep fireplaces safe

Cleaning the chimney and fireplace is necessary for fall home maintenance and ensures it is ready for winter use. Soot buildup can start a deadly fire, but cleaning it keeps everyone safe. Homeowners can schedule chimney and fireplace inspections to resolve issues and tackle repairs.

To keep fireplaces safe, follow these steps:

  • Never leave fires unattended.
  • Only burn small fires and avoid overloading the fireplace with wood.
  • Use a glass door, guard, or fireplace screen as a safety barrier.

5. Check fire extinguishers & replace smoke alarm batteries

Some people never use their smoke alarms or fire extinguishers but should have them prepared in case a fire happens. When a home is on fire, everyone inside needs to know immediately, and smoke alarms with old batteries can fail to alert. Fire extinguishers are beneficial in the case of smaller fires, so everyone in a home should learn where they are and how to use them.

6. Winterize hoses & sprinkler systems

Detaching hoses from the hose bib prevents the line from freezing and potentially bursting from expanded ice. Winterizing sprinkler systems is also critical to hinder a damaging rupture that harms the home's structure and causes basement flooding.

Fire and water damage restoration from SERVPRO of Coppell and West Addison

SERVPRO of Coppell and West Addison serves the areas of Coppell and West Addison, TX, offering water and fire damage repair and restoration services to keep home and business owners safe. The time following these stressful events can leave people wondering how they will afford to clean up and move on, but SERVPRO offers affordable and honest pricing. They can perform fall maintenance and inspections to help get homes and businesses ready for the season.

Call SERVPRO of Coppell and West Addison at (972) 233-8400 for a service quote. Do not hesitate to contact their team for emergency fire and water damage restoration.

6 Questions to Ask When Hiring a Water Damage Restoration Company

12/7/2022 (Permalink)

Blog Summary: SERVPRO® of Coppell and West Addison, an expert in water damage restoration services, details six questions homeowners should ask before hiring a company.

Following a severe rain or winter storm, an overflowing toilet, or flooding from a burst pipe, you may need water damage restoration services. However, spending hours Googling the right company can be highly stressful. 

This guide will explore six questions homeowners in Las Colinas, TX, should ask before hiring a water damage restoration company to make the vetting process easier.

1. How much experience does the company have? 

Restoring a home or business following significant water damage can be tricky. The process involves cleaning up water, mold remediation, and restoring walls, furniture, floors, and more. 

The right water restoration company will have plenty of experience handling specific types of water damage or flood damage homeowners are dealing with.

2. Do technicians have the right qualifications? 

Any water damage restoration technician should have the right qualifications, training, licenses, and insurance to perform their job. These qualifications mean they're up to date with the latest industry practices.

3. Does the company use the latest equipment and industry standards? 

The restoration industry frequently improves to incorporate new equipment, technology, and industry standards. The latest equipment ensures faster completion and more efficient solutions. 

For mold remediation, ensure that a company uses hospital-approved cleaning solutions and tough solvents to eliminate mold, viruses, and bacteria.

4. Does the company offer 24/7 emergency services? 

Water damage or mold growth is never convenient. However, they're incredibly inconvenient when they happen overnight. Disasters can strike anytime, and some situations call for immediate action outside the usual business hours.  

The right company will offer 24/7 emergency services. This service means homeowners don't have to wait until morning or the next day to deal with a flooded basement.

5. Is the company truly local? 

When searching for a local water damage restoration company, most people expect the search results to be local. Unfortunately, these results are sometimes misleading. 

Some businesses only have a few locations but say they'll travel far to offer their services. A company traveling far to provide services can present three problems: 

  • Emergencies: Some issues don't require immediate attention, and homeowners can wait an hour or more. However, emergency flooding requires immediate help, and a company far away won't get there in time.  
  • A lack of local knowledge: Knowledge of a specific area can significantly improve service. A local restoration company may know specific sewage lines that cause homeowners issues.  
  • Extra fees: While many reputable companies or contractors won't charge travel fees, some might. Usually, companies are upfront about these fees, but they can still take homeowners by surprise. 

6. Does the team cooperate with insurance companies?

Many homeowners cannot pay for water damage restoration out of pocket. Insurance companies will cover water damage restoration services depending on the homeowner's insurance policy. Choose a restoration company that works with insurance companies and can help document the damage and file a claim.

Let SERVPRO of Coppell and West Addison assist today! 

Dealing with water damage of any kind or size can present many problems. Instead of searching for a water damage restoration company, homeowners can put their trust in SERVPRO of Coppell and West Addison. 


Call Team Shaw of SERVPRO of Coppel and West Addison at (972) 233-8400 for water damage restoration in Las Colinas, TX!

Five Common Fire Hazards and Tips to Avoid Fire Damage

10/20/2022 (Permalink)

Blog Summary: SERVPRO® of Coppell and West Addison, North Dallas’s leading fire, storm, and water damage restoration company, details five of the most common fire hazards and advises readers on how to avoid fire damage.

Fire hazards at home and in the workplace increase the risk of fires or worsen fire damage. During a fire, fire hazards prevent firefighting equipment from functioning correctly and prevent individuals from getting out safely. Fire hazards include any materials that obstruct fire safety tactics.

Fire Hazards come in many shapes and sizes, ranging from unmonitored candles to building materials susceptible to fire damage.

Managing fire damage without a fire restoration company can be challenging, depending on the indoor environment’s fire risk level. Risk increases as more hazards exist in one location. Some threats may only pose a high fire damage risk in certain conditions.

Five common fire hazards

It’s crucial to be aware of the many potential fire hazards in a home or business. The following are some of the most common residential and commercial fire damage sources.

  1. Worn electrical wiring: Damage to electrical cables and cords from prolonged use, rodent chewing, and other wear and tear issues can result in severe fire damage. Sparking wires may quickly ignite hazardous materials on the floor and walls.
  2. Malfunctioning equipment or appliances: Between coffee makers, HVAC systems, and electrical machinery, there are many opportunities for fires to develop when these items become faulty. Worn-out appliance cords may spark when plugged into electrical outlets. In some cases, electrical sparks from damaged circuit boards may start the instantaneous combustion of flammable materials in and around these appliances. Always have the home and workplace appliances checked by professionals to prevent fire damage.
  3. Unattended lit cigarettes: Falling asleep with a lit cigarette or not putting a cigarette out after a work break can lead to significant fire damage. According to the findings of the National Fire Protection Association, in 2016, an estimated 16,500 house structure fires were caused by smoking materials such as cigarettes, pipes, and cigars, as reported to U.S. fire agencies.
  4. Open flames: Unattended flames, such as those on candles and gas stoves, are common fire hazards that can start a house fire. Accidental knocking or leaving a burning candle unattended has been reported to cause a fire in residences, while NFPA further reports that in 2020 alone, nearly 49% of home fires in the US have originated from the kitchen involving cooking equipment.
  5. Flammable chemicals: Flammable chemicals in factories and other industrial applications can cause significant, toxic fires. Chemical accelerants in the area may worsen fire damage upon exposure. In home fires reported to fire departments, chemical fires often happen after chemical reactions in the garage and storage spaces. It is always essential to read and follow storage instructions on the label of fire hazard chemicals used at home and workplaces.

How to avoid fire damage

Avoiding fire damage in the home and workplace is vital. Businesses should follow  Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) standards regarding fire hazards to suppress fires quickly. Employees must pay careful attention to chemical and accelerant labels to understand the fire damage risk.

In the home, it’s best to monitor open flames and keep fire hazards out of reach of children or pets. It’s also essential to maintain damaged electrical wiring, appliances, and other fire damage risks. Ensuring the fireplace and cigarette ashes are completely cool before putting them in the trash is another best practice to adopt.

If a fire occurs in a home or business, get fire restoration services immediately to prevent extensive damage and reduce the harmful effects of smoke. Professionals can help.

How SERVPRO® of Coppell and West Addison Can Help

SERVPRO of Coppell and West Addison is one of the local leaders in water damage restoration, storm damage restoration, and fire damage restoration. Whether it is extensive fire damage from an oil fire or an electric clothes dryer caught on fire, they can implement the most effective cleaning and restoration processes.

Get a residential or commercial fire damage restoration from SERVPRO of Coppell and West Addison. The team utilizes industry-standard restoration techniques and state-of-the-art equipment. They are licensed, bonded, and insured to restore a fire-damaged home or workplace.

Contact Team Shaw of SERVPRO® of Coppell and West Addison in Bluffview, TX, at (972) 233-8400 today and learn more about their fire damage restoration services.

How to Repair Water Damage on Wood Furniture: A Concise Guide

10/20/2022 (Permalink)

Blog Summary: SERVPRO® of Coppell and West Addison explains how water can damage wooden furniture and provides expert guidance for repairing wooden furniture after water damage occurs.

Water seeps deep into porous wooden furniture, softening the wood and spurring mold and mildew growth. Visible water damage indicators include water stains, white spots, and other discoloration. 

White spots indicate that the water hasn’t penetrated the wood’s surface, while dark marks indicate significant damage that has penetrated the seal. Depending on the severity of the water-damaged wooden furniture, it may be wise to obtain water damage restoration from experts like SERVPRO of Coppell and West Addison.

How to repair water-damaged wood furniture

Repairing water damage on wood furniture requires a careful damage restoration process. This process avoids creating further problems while resolving existing issues.

Professionals like SERVPRO of Coppell and West Addison make wood furniture repair quick and easy. They’ll perform the following steps to repair furniture after water damage.

Remove moisture

The first step to repairing water-damaged wood furniture is to remove moisture. Drying solutions like hair dryers remove moisture quickly. However, they can worsen warping and cause breakage. 

Furniture should sit under direct sunlight for a minimum of 24 hours for successful drying. If sun-drying isn’t possible, a dehumidifier is the next best option for removing moisture. Despite the lengthy process, the furniture reaches excellent condition.

Strip and sand the wood

The next step is to strip and sand water damage stains and discoloration. Individuals can apply a varnish stripper solution to affected wood and oxidize the damaged areas. Scraping tools are ideal for stripping the softened wood’s outermost surface from the rest of the furniture. 

After stripping the wood, it’s time to sand. First, sand the wood with a rough grit, then adjust to a finer option to get a smooth surface with a nearly polished outer layer. Brush away any wood dust with a paintbrush or similar tools.

Glue where appropriate

Water can damage the glue on wood furniture as well. Sand between furniture joints to remove affected glue and clear residual dust with a paintbrush.

For pieces requiring reattachment, it’s necessary to use a vice or clamp to keep them together while the glue dries. Epoxy wood glue will dry in 12 to 18 hours, depending on the amount of adhesive necessary and the extent of the water damage.

Stain, paint, and varnish wood furniture

Match damaged furniture with the appropriate waterproof stain color and apply it with a paintbrush. Remove extra staining with a clean rag. If choosing to paint furniture instead, multiple coats of latex enamel-based paint may be necessary.

Some homeowners choose not to stain or paint their wood furniture. In this case, wood varnish is the best solution against water damage. 

Wood varnish will waterproof wooden furniture and keep insects away. Be sure to let each coat completely dry; otherwise, moisture becomes trapped between varnish layers and causes extensive damage.

SERVPRO® of Coppell and West Addison offers years of water damage and fire restoration expertise to North Dallas homes and businesses. When your furniture faces water damage, they implement the perfect commercial cleaning solutions. They restore the furniture to save you time and money. 

Look no further than SERVPRO of Coppell and West Addison in Victoria Park, TX, for high-quality service. Call (972) 233-8400.

Why SERVPRO Is the Premier Property Damage Restoration Contractor

10/20/2022 (Permalink)

Blog Summary SERVPRO® of Coppell and West Addison explains the values and strengths of their company, which has helped countless customers recover from disaster. They outline why their emergency residential damage restoration services, which include water, fire, and mold restoration, are the best in the industry. Their priorities of experience, technology, and speed allow the company to mount an effective response to commercial and residential property damage.

SERVPRO of Coppell and West Addison is a nationwide water damage restoration company with locally-owned branches. The highly-trained technicians at each location have in-depth knowledge of the local environment and access to cutting-edge diagnostic equipment, protective gear, and tools.

Upholding high standards in training

Forbes magazine projected an increase in the cost of storm damage restoration throughout 2022. As the severity of disasters increases nationwide, homeowners and business owners facing property damage seek an affordable damage restoration company with a history of success. 

To maintain its stellar national reputation and provide unmatched customer satisfaction, SERVPRO of Coppell and West Addison requires that every technician conforms to the high standards and best practices for water damage restoration set by the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC).

Rapid response, day or night, for residential and commercial cleaning

When disaster strikes, time is of the essence. If property owners wait for days or weeks before hiring mitigation services, mold, rot, and other problems can cause extensive damage. SERVPRO teams are ready around the clock to address every facet of the disaster: controlling leaks, protecting air quality, replacing contaminated materials, and more. We tackle jobs of any scale, from single-family homes to commercial cleaning in offices and warehouses.

The right tools and technology for every job

Removing mold and water from properties, especially properties that have wind and fire damage, can be a tricky business. The experts at SERVPRO of Coppell and West Addison use the most effective state-of-the-art equipment.

Water damage restoration

Water damage restoration specialists use powerful dehumidifiers and air movers to dry out the property and limit mold growth. The latest water detection and extraction technology helps them protect property from hidden water sources.

Fire restoration

Fire restoration specialists remove odors and stains with the latest cleaning agents. Our technicians do their best to return everything to its pre-damage state. We focus on restoration over replacement to keep costs down and preserve our clients' valuable property.

Storm damage restoration

Storm damage can present some of the most complex damage restoration challenges because it can combine fire, water, mold, and wind damage. Luckily, the professionals at SERVPRO of Coppell and West Addison are ready for it all.

The SERVPRO organization gives SERVPRO® of Coppell and West Addison access to national resources at affordable prices. Our team arrives at each appointment promptly and is ready to help.

SERVPRO of Coppell and West Addison stands out among the competition as a growing company dedicated to the highest level of professionalism and technical excellence in the water damage restoration industry. Its customers attest to its success. Their testimonials reveal the company's many strengths.

It is never too early or too late to call SERVPRO of Coppell and West Addison. Homeowners and business owners with property damage in Preston Hollow, TX, should visit the website to read customer reviews and learn more about their services. ContactTeam Shaw of SERVPRO of Coppell and West Addison at (972) 233-8400.

Recover from Commercial Fire Damage with SERVPRO of Coppell and West Addison

9/15/2022 (Permalink)

Blog Summary: SERVPRO of Coppell and West Addison, one of Texas' leading commercial restoration services, teaches business owners how to recover from fire damage.

Few things are more destructive than a property fire. The smallest flame can quickly transform into a raging fire that engulfs everything in its path, turning prized possessions into a pile of ashes in a few minutes or less. Fortunately, SERVPRO® of Coppell and West Addison offers first-class commercial restoration services to help business owners recover and get back to business after a disastrous fire.

SERVPRO of Coppell and West Addison is one of Texas' leading commercial restoration services. The team can handle even the toughest restoration projects swiftly and efficiently, allowing business owners to recover from commercial fires in record time. If a disaster strikes, contact SERVPRO of Coppell and West Addison for unmatched commercial restoration services.

High-quality commercial restoration services in Texas

Firefighters respond to an average of 3,340 commercial fires a year. These fires cost millions of dollars in property damage and can bring a business to a screeching halt overnight. SERVPRO of Coppell and West Addison's commercial restoration services help business owners recover from fires, easing their burden during their time of need.

The SERVPRO team utilizes the latest restoration equipment to help commercial properties recover from smoke damage, fire damage, flooding water, and more. Extensive training enables technicians to handle large fire and water damage restoration projects with relative ease, allowing business owners to recover their losses faster. They also provide expert advice on fire prevention so property owners can avoid future catastrophes.

Steps to take after a commercial fire

Step one: Secure the building

Securing a commercial property after a fire prevents further damage while safeguarding the facility from intruders and thieves. Boarding the windows and doors will protect the building and further the recovery process.

Step two: Contact the insurance company

After securing the building, business owners must contact their insurance company as soon as possible. The insurance company will walk through the process of filing a claim and recuperating losses.

Step three: Evaluate the damage

Once the fire department verifies the building's safety, business owners must evaluate the property damage. Documenting the destruction will help the insurance company with its investigation and prove the business owners’ claim. However, business owners should be careful not to disturb the scene until the insurance company discovers the cause of the fire.

Step four: Contact SERVPRO of Coppell and West Addison

Finally, contact SERVPRO of Coppell and West Addison for professional commercial fire restoration services. Its team will handle the entire restoration process and help business owners recover from the event with comprehensive services including:

  • Smoke and fire restoration
  • Odor control
  • Fabric and upholstery cleaning
  • Water damage restoration

Contact SERVPRO of Coppell and West Addison for Outstanding Commercial Restoration Services

SERVPRO of Coppell and West Addison is Texas' number one choice for commercial restoration services. Its team can help businesses recover from catastrophic fires and take some stress off the owner's shoulders. SERVPRO's dedication to outstanding commercial restoration is just as strong as its commitment to extraordinary customer care, ensuring business owners receive top-notch service.

Recovering from a commercial fire has never been easier, thanks to SERVPRO of Coppell and West Addison.

Contact Team Shaw of SERVPRO of Coppell and West Addison at (972) 233-8400 and receive first-class commercial restoration services today!

Why SERVPRO Is the Premier Property Damage Restoration Company for Businesses?

9/15/2022 (Permalink)

Blog Summary: SERVPRO of Coppell and West Addison, one of Texas' leading restoration companies, explains why they are the go-to property damage restoration service for businesses.

When disaster strikes, business owners need a reliable property damage restoration company by their side that will help them restore their establishment promptly and efficiently. However, finding such a service is often easier said than done. Fortunately, SERVPRO® of Coppell and West Addison offers first-class property damage restoration that helps business owners recover from catastrophic events without delay.

SERVPRO of Coppell and West Addison is one of Texas' most trusted restoration companies. The team has extensive experience with fire restoration, water damage restoration, mold remediation, and more, to handle any commercial restoration project. From business fires to storm damage, no job is too big or too small for SERVPRO of Coppell and West Addison.

High-quality property damage restoration in Texas

The SERVPRO team understands how devastating property damage can be, especially if it affects your business and income. That's why they go above and beyond to restore commercial properties and help business owners get back on their feet. The team of experienced technicians handles the entire restoration process and keeps clients informed every step of the way.

SERVPRO of Coppell and West Addison never cuts corners with cheap supplies and only uses the best restoration equipment in the market today. The company has extensive experience with all forms of property damage, including but not limited to:

  • Storm damage
  • Fire damage
  • Water damage
  • Mold remediation
  • Smoke damage
  • Wind damage

Why Choose SERVPRO of Coppell and West Addison?

SERVPRO of Coppell and West Addison is a locally owned and operated restoration service and one of the most trusted names in the industry. It always prioritizes its clients' needs and works diligently to make commercial properties as good as new again through fire damage restoration, water damage restoration, and more, without surpassing the owner's budget. 

Below are just a few reasons SERVPRO of Coppell and West Addison is Texas' number one choice for property damage restoration.

Vast industry experience

The SERVPRO restoration technicians receive stringent ongoing training to ensure that they can handle any restoration project thrown their way. They understand the best approach for each situation and won't rest until their clients are 100% satisfied.

Affordable

Commercial fires alone cause $112 million in property damage each year. With SERVPRO of Coppell and West Addison, business owners don't need to break the bank to restore their commercial spaces after a fire or flood. SERVPRO keeps prices affordable, so business owners can get back to business as usual.

Respectful

The SERVPRO team always treats customers with the utmost respect and goes the extra mile to guarantee their satisfaction. They care about their clients and will do everything they can to exceed expectations before completing a restoration project.

Contact SERVPRO of Coppell and West Addison for Professional Property Damage Restoration Services in Texas

SERVPRO of Coppell and West Addison is Texas' source for high-quality proper damage restoration and associated services. The team can handle everything from fire restoration to mold remediation and everything in between at a fair and affordable price.

Don't trust inexperienced restoration companies that only care about lining their pockets. Contact Team Shaw of SERVPRO of Coppell and West Addison at (972) 233-8400 and receive an unmatched property damage restoration today!

Top Three Flood Recovery Tips for Business Owners

9/15/2022 (Permalink)

Blog Summary: SERVPRO of Coppell and West Addison provides three tips to help business owners recover from commercial flooding and storm damage.

Flooding and storm damage can severely cripple businesses. Treacherous storms and overflowing water can overwhelm a commercial property in a matter of minutes, causing extensive damage that can bring a business to a screeching halt. The water damage restoration experts at SERVPRO® of Coppell and West Addison put together a brief guide to teach business owners how to recover from flood damage so they can get back on their feet.

SERVPRO of Coppell and West Addison is one of Texas’ leading restoration companies. The team specializes in residential and commercial restoration that helps property owners recover from fires, water damage, mold outbreaks, and more. No matter how big or small the remediation project is, SERVPRO of Coppell and West Addison has the experience and expertise to get the job done.

Three flood recovery tips every business owner should know

1. Prioritize safety

Flood water is often exceedingly unsanitary and can adversely affect a person’s health. It contains numerous pollutants and leaves behind potentially hazardous contaminants once it recedes. Flood water can also contain sewage that requires professional water removal from an experienced team with advanced tools and disinfectants.

The best way business owners can protect themselves from toxic water is to stay away from flooded areas. However, if flood water becomes unavoidable, wearing protective gear like masks, gloves, and long clothing can decrease the dangers and shield them from potentially hazardous contaminants. After coming into contact with flood water, take a shower and discard tainted clothes immediately.

2. Document the damage

Documenting storm damage and flood water will help business owners file an insurance claim. Taking multiple pictures and videos of damaged structures, ruined inventory, and destroyed equipment will make the insurance claim process smoother and less stressful.

Backing up the documentation is also essential to create a detailed record of the incident in case the insurance company needs more verification. Uploading the pictures and videos to cloud storage is the safest way to store the documentation for future use.

3. Hire a professional restoration service as soon as possible

Business owners must contact a professional restoration company as soon as their building becomes unsafe to occupy. Water can quickly take hold of a property and cause significant structural damage while forming hazardous mold colonies throughout the establishment. Restoration experts understand how to combat flooding safely and utilize advanced equipment that most business owners don’t have.

SERVPRO of Coppell and West Addison has vast experience in restoring commercial properties and can handle any restoration project quickly and efficiently. The experienced team can make flooded buildings as good as new again at reasonable prices.

Contact SERVPRO of Coppell and West Addison for High-quality Storm Damage Restoration and Flooding Services

SERVPRO of Coppell and West Addison is Texas’ number one choice for professional storm damage restoration and flood restoration services. The team handles the entire restoration process from start to finish, giving business owners peace of mind in their time of need. From flooding to fire damage and everything in between, no job is too big or too small for the restoration experts at SERVPRO of Coppell and West Addison.

Contact Team Shaw of SERVPRO of Coppell and West Addison at (972) 233-8400 and receive top-notch storm damage restoration services today!

Commercial Restoration Services: What Is a Disaster Recovery Plan

8/24/2022 (Permalink)

Blog Summary: SERVPRO of Coppell and West Addison, Texas' premier damage restoration company, explains what a disaster recovery plan is and why every business should have one.

What Is a Disaster Recovery Plan?

An organization's disaster recovery plan provides detailed instructions on what to do when unexpected events such as natural disasters or power outages occur. These disruptive events may reduce brand authority, damage customer trust, or result in financial losses. SERVPRO of Coppell and West Addison recommends having a disaster recovery plan to minimize the effects of the disaster and resume operations with little to no disruption. 

Why Is a Disaster Recovery Plan Important?

Disasters pose a severe threat to people and businesses alike. It's not uncommon for companies to never recover from disasters that significantly impact operations. A business's survival depends on how well it responds to emergencies.

Disaster recovery plans can be the difference between recovery and ruin. About 90% of small businesses fail within a year if they cannot resume operations five days after a disaster. Companies can recover far more quickly if they remain prepared and know exactly how to react when disaster does strike.

Some essential questions to ask include:

  • Who in the organization will monitor disaster updates?
  • How can the organization ensure it is ready to manage disasters?

A successful disaster recovery plan should include knowing which commercial restoration company to hire. Choose a qualified first-responder company with trained and experienced personnel. 

How To Create a Disaster Recovery Plan

Businesses should actively take part in preventative planning. The basic framework for disaster recovery plans includes four components:

  1. Prevention
  2. Response
  3. Restoration
  4. Recovery 

Businesses should plan for a disaster at all stages: before, during, and after. A proactive disaster recovery plan that includes commercial restoration services can ensure continuity of operations after physical damage. Use the four components above to identify the steps and systems necessary to prevent disruptions. 

Prevention

Planning for a disaster should begin before one hits. Board the windows and install flood detectors, fire alarms, and fire suppression systems to protect the building and equipment. A well-prepared organization will suffer less damage from a disaster.

Response

A disaster recovery plan should outline safety protocols to reduce the risk of harm. Teach employees to evacuate safely, including not driving, walking, or swimming through flood waters. Provide the staff with contact information and names of recovery teams who can assist. 

Restoration

After the disaster, the business must have a plan for restoring essential operations and systems. The longer a company waits to call for help, the more damage its property sustains. Join forces with a commercial restoration company like SERVPRO that keeps disaster teams on standby to respond quickly. 

Recovery

If a business sustains damage by water, fire, mold, or other disasters, work with a company that can restore the building. A commercial restoration company can handle all aspects of recovery. Key services include:

  • Board up services
  • Security systems
  • Building HVAC
  • Roof replacement
  • Upholstery cleaning
  • Odor removal
  • Debris removal
  • Reconstruction

Commercial Restoration Services From SERVPRO

Get the business back online with SERVPRO of Coppell and West Addison's 24/7 restoration services. The company has the workforce and resources to work on disasters of any size. Professional response teams act quickly to reduce business disruptions.

Contact Team Shaw of SERVPRO of Coppell and West Addison at (972) 233-8400 to schedule commercial restoration services.

Safeguard Your Home from Storm Damage and Prevent Costly Repairs

8/24/2022 (Permalink)

Blog Summary: The team at SERVPRO of Coppell and West Addison gives their best advice for preventing storm damage and protecting your home.

Storm damage comes in many different forms. Heavy rains and floods cause rotting structures, sinking foundations, and mold growth. Plus, the wind knocks down trees, branches, and power lines that can fall right through the roof. 

Fortunately, there is a lot that homeowners can do to protect what is most valuable to them. Team Shaw at SERVPRO Coppell and West Addison does not just perform restorations. They take time to help their clients with every step of the process, including working with insurance.

Keep reading to learn how to prevent storm damage and safeguard a home.

Trim Nearby Trees and Branches

Trees are a sizable problem whenever stormy weather affects your region. When heavy winds roll through, branches can snap and fall through one's roof or scratch windows. They also get caught in power lines and cause blackouts.

Homeowners should trim trees and shrubs regularly, keeping them away from their property and lessening potential outside damage. 

Take Care of Loose Shingles and Siding

When a shingle falls off your roof, even small gaps let in precipitation that can cause massive leaks. As siding comes loose, the weakened structure crumbles more easily under falling trees and poles. 

Replace all loose shingles and siding immediately. Otherwise, they can become a critical and costly problem down the line.

Clean Gutters Regularly

Uncleaned gutters can lead to a clogged downspout and flooding that could damage a homeowner's roof and siding. Plus, rotting leaves and debris will destroy the pipes over time. 

Cleaning gutters once every season will help prevent these issues. Ensure the downspout points are far from the house, averting a rotting foundation.

Maintain the Sump Pump

All homeowners need a quality sump pump to prevent basement flooding from storm damage. This is especially true for those living in basement apartments.

Before the rainy season starts, double-check to see that the sump pump works properly. Perform all routine cleanup or repairs as soon as possible, and check the pump thoroughly after each storm. 

Check Sealings on Doors and Windows

Closed doors and windows cannot do much to protect a home if they do not have durable seals. Even indoor items can fall over and break with strong enough wind gusts.

Check seals by tapping on glass windows or holding up a lit candle. If the glass rattles or the flame flickers, have a professional fix them immediately.

Look For Anything That is Not Tied Down

Heavy winds surprise homeowners in the worst possible ways. Once they arrive, anything not nailed down can instantly become dangerous. If winds move fast enough, items such as potted plants can cause property damage or bodily injuries without warning.

Check all fence posts regularly by giving them a good shake, and pack all loose ones down tightly. Take things like outdoor furniture, decor, and extra tools inside the home or garage during storms. 

SERVPRO of Coppell and West Addison Helps Every Step of the Way

Of course, all the planning in the world cannot prevent storm damage completely. That is why the team at SERVPRO of Coppell and West Addison provides emergency services 24/7

They get straight to work, treat your home like their own, and keep you in the loop throughout the process. After protecting their client's homes, they can come back and perform preventative maintenance if necessary.


Call Team Shaw of SERVPRO of Coppell and West Addison, TX, at (972) 233-8400 to schedule storm damage restoration services today.