What SERVPRO is Doing to Keep You Safe During The Coronavirus
Our number one goal while working inside your home or business is to help keep you and your family safe. Especially during these stressful times of the pandemic. Below are some of the precautions we are using to help keep our work environment safe.
- We are trying to keep our six feet from you and your loved ones while we work
- Our employees are instructed to wash their hands as soon as they walk through the doors
- We are constantly cleaning up and wiping objects down after we use them
- Our employees are carrying hand sanitizer on them at all times
- We are disinfecting door knobs, tables, and desks regularly
- No handshaking
- Increasing ventilation by opening windows or adjusting our air conditioning
- If any of our employees is feel sick or if any of their family members are feeling sick, they are staying home
SERVPRO vs Coronavirus
About the Coronavirus.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention continues to respond to an outbreak of respiratory disease caused by a new coronavirus that was first detected in China and has now spread internationally. While the virus is termed coronavirus, the sickness that results after infection has been termed COVID-19.
Why Choose Us?
Over at SERVPRO we are cleanup and biohazard experts. The SERVPRO crew are prepared at this time of global pandemic and doing anything we can to help fight this disease. We have years of experience in dealing with biological contaminants, and will go beyond the scope of work that a regular janitorial staff would perform on a daily basis. Our crew is trained to perform proactive cleanup that involves facility or structure cleaning and disinfection.
Cleaning of the Coronavirus
Expert Level Cleaning Services
Cleanup procedures generally include cleaning of porous and non-porous surfaces, disinfecting of non-porous surfaces, cleaning and disinfecting of equipment, tools, and/or supplies used for cleanup process, and disposal of waste.
The CDC encourages cleaning of high-touch surfaces such as counters, tabletops, doorknobs, light switches, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards, tablets and tables. Other spaces mentioned in the CDC’s guidance for commercial spaces include:
- Kitchen/Food Areas
- Retail Spaces
- Water Fountains
- Sales Counters
- Carpets and Rugs
- Stair Handrails
- Elevator Cars
- Playground Equipment
- Fitness Equipment
SERVPRO Uses Specialized Cleaning Products.
The CDC recommends usage of a labeled hospital-grade disinfectant with claims against similar pathogens to the coronavirus. Multiple products in the SERVPRO product line carry the EPA-approved emerging pathogens claims. While there is currently no product tested against this particular strain of the coronavirus, we are following all guidelines as provided by the CDC and local authorities.
If you, the homeowner are really worried about leaks, there is a tool that can help you detect the problem faster. You can now buy electronic water sensors or leak alarms. They can send a warning to your smart phone when they detect water. Detectors generally include a hub of some kind plus five or six little sensors you can place in various vulnerable areas like under a refrigerator, toilet or water heater. Of course you can still call SERVPRO of South Burlington County to help fix the water damage. We are here for you no matter what the cause is. We will get to the scene as fast as we can and make it look "Like it never even happened." Call us today at 856-988-6195.
What is a Water Damage?
The term water damage describes various possible losses caused by water intruding where it will enable attack of a material or system by destructive processes such as rotting of wood, growth, rusting of steel, de-laminating of materials such as plywood, and many others. The damage may be slow and minor such as water spots that could eventually mar a surface, or it may be instantaneous and catastrophic such as flooding. However fast it occurs, water damage is a major contributor to loss of property.
What about my insurance?
An insurance policy may or may not cover the costs associated with water damage and the process of water damage restoration. While a common cause of residential water damage is often the failure of a sump pump, many homeowner's insurance policies do not cover the associated costs without an addendum which adds to the monthly premium of the policy. Often the verbiage of this addendum is similar to "Sewer and Drain Coverage".
If a monsoon or some other storm floods your area and causes water or mud damage inside your home, you won't be covered when you don't have special insurance coverage. You can buy this coverage from the National Flood Insurance Program via your insurance agent. You might have been told all about this when you bought your house. If you are in a flood-prone area, you can't get a home loan without buying this insurance. If your home or someone elses you know suffer from a storm damage, SERVPRO of South Burlington County is here for you. We offer free estimates and a crew of highly trained professionals. We are trained to handle storm damages from little to catastrophic at any occasion. Call us today at 856-988-6195.
Roof Vents and Stroms
A roof inspection is smart and ideal after your home is affected by high winds, storm debris, and hail. If your shingles or other roofing materials have sustained minimal or no damage, you may believe that your home is in the clear. However, your roof vents can be severely damaged by hail and other storm-related forces even when the roof survives unscathed. Examine all roof vents for damage after strong storms to ensure their proper function.
Roof vents suffer storm-related problems including:
- Blockage from storm debris
- Loss of water seal from damaged flashing
- Disconnection from vent pipe or duct
- Compression from hailstorm or tree limbs
- Exposure from missing vent caps and covers
When you aren't sure how your roof vents should normally look and operate, you can hire a qualified roofing contractor to inspect these components.
According to the U.S. Small Business Administration, as many as one in four businesses that suffer some kind of fire disaster do not reopen afterward. It’s true, overcoming a major loss is extremely difficult, but with the right restoration company like SERVPRO of South Burlington County the chance of your company surviving is pretty high! Depending on the size of the fire, and the amount of damage, some businesses that have come to Total Restoration for help have reopened just daysafter the fire happened. Thanks to innovations in smoke odor removal, fire damage restoration, and cleaning in general, it is possible for our crew to start work nearly immediately after the fire department clears the scene, and have things back up and running in no time.
Percentage of Commercial Fires
Percentage of commercial fire causes
- 29% were caused by cooking equipment. However, just 6% of these fires caused actual property damage.
- Intentionally-set fires caused the most direct property damage – 21%.
- Electrical equipment is the second leading cause of office fires.
- Just 2% of office fires start in a concealed space like an attic, in the ceiling, or in another conceals space. However, these fires accounted for 13% of the direct property damage.
Time of day most of these fires happen
- Peak time of day for office fires: Noon – 2p.m. (a.k.a. lunch time!)
- 69% happened between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m.
- The 31% that occurred between 7 p.m. and 7 a.m. caused 67% of recorded property damage, because they went undetected longer. This also highlights the need for automatic detection equipment and working sprinkler systems.
- 19% of fires happened on weekends
Fire Damage Facts
Here are some facts about fire we think you should know.
- In a fire, more people die from inhaling smoke than from the flames. Never think that if you avoid the flames you are safe. Always keep away from smoke.
- Soot is a coating of fine, black dust created when wood, coal, or oil-based substances are burned. These carbon particles float into the air and settle anywhere. Inhaling soot can caused severe lung deficiencies or even death.
- The worst possible effect of soot is its tendency to cause cancer and cause serious defects in newborns. Soot produces polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons. These hydrocarbons are responsible for gene mutation for particular groups of genes. They can cause birth defects and increase the chances of getting cancer.
If you or anyone else you know has suffered from a fire damage call us today at 856-988-6195