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National Preparedness Month - Prepare to Prepare

9/20/2021 (Permalink)

National Preparedness Month 2021 text and three smiling faces looking at a computer SERVPRO of Benton, Jasper, Newton & Southern Lake Counties is always prepared to help you in your time of need.

September is National Preparedness Month. #PrepareToPrepare means preparing to protect everyone you love. 

Steps you should take:

SERVPRO of Benton, Jasper, Newton & Southern Lake Counties is always prepared to help you in your time of need. Contact us at 219.779.7577

National Preparedness Month - 12 Ways to Prepare

9/20/2021 (Permalink)

ready.gov prepare to protect text, photos of diverse family preparing for a disaster event September is National Preparedness Month - simple actions at home and in your community can make a big difference.

September is National Preparedness Month. As the month comes to the end, we want to remind you of 12 ways you can take action and prepare for any emergency or disaster.  Simple actions at home and in your community can make a big difference.

  1. Sign up for alerts and warnings
  2. Make a plan
  3. Save for a rainy day
  4. Practice emergency drills
  5. Test family communication plan
  6. Safeguard documents
  7. Plan with neighbors
  8. Make your home safer
  9. Know evacuation routes
  10. Assemble or update supplies
  11. Get involved in your community
  12. Document and insure property

SERVPRO of Benton, Jasper, Newton & Southern Lake Counties can help if you are affected by a disaster. Keep us in mind - no job is too big or too small.

The SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile Advantage

7/1/2021 (Permalink)

50% of businesses close down following a disaster By developing a SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile for your business, you minimize business interruption by having an immediate plan of action.

As many as 50% of businesses close down following a disaster, according to the latest research. Of the businesses that survive, the overwhelming majority of them had a preparedness plan in place. Pre-planning can serve as an insurance policy aimed at peace of mind. And knowing you are "Ready for whatever happens" speaks trust to your clients and employees that in the event your business is affected by a disaster, they don't necessarily have to be.

By developing a SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile for your business, you minimize business interruption by having an immediate plan of action. Knowing what to do and what to expect in advance is the key to timely mitigation and can help minimize how water and fire damage can affect your business.

  • No Cost Assessment of Your Facility- great value at no cost to you
  • Concise Profile Document that Contains Only the Critical Information Needed in the Event of an Emergency- only takes a little time to complete but will save a lot of time if ever needed
  • Guide to Help You Get Back Into Your Building Following a Disaster- can help minimize the amount of time your business is inactive by having an immediate plan of action
  • Establishes SERVPRO of Benton, Jasper, Newton & Southern Lake Counties as Your Disaster Mitigation and Restoration Provider- local, independently owned and operated company recognized as an industry leader
  • Identification of the Line of Command for Authorizing Work to Begin- saves time so we can begin mitigating the damages, which saves you money and gets you back to business sooner
  • Provides Facility Details Such as Shut-Off Valve Locations, Priority Areas, and Priority Contact Information- having a quick reference of what to do, how to do it, and who to call provides solutions in advance of an emergency so that during an emergency you are 'Ready for Whatever Happens'

Ready to get started? Learn More

Call us today and we'll get your profile set up - 219-779-7577

Water Damage and Your Belongings

6/22/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO employees loading box in a green van SERVPRO of Benton, Jasper, Newton & Southern Lake Counties can help restore many of your valued possessions. Call us today to learn more - 219-779-757

Water damage affects not only the structure of your house but also your belongings. SERVPRO of Benton, Jasper, Newton & Southern Lake Counties understands that your home is more than a structure; your family's furniture, clothing, keepsakes, and other belongings help transform a house into a home.

Contents Restoration

SERVPRO of Benton, Jasper, Newton & Southern Lake Counties specializes in restoring contents damaged by fire, water, or mold. Their expertise and 'restore' versus 'replace' mentality can help you save money while preserving precious keepsakes that can't be replaced. They pretest your contents to determine what items can be restored back to their condition before the water damage. SERVPRO Professionals utilize several methods of cleaning your contents, including:

  • Dry Cleaning - Used for cleaning light residues or to pre-clean prior to wet cleaning.
  • Wet Cleaning - An effective cleaning method for removing moderate to heavy residues.
  • Spray and Wipe -Effective for items that can't withstand wet cleaning.
  • Foam Cleaning - Used for upholstery fabrics that might shrink or bleed if wet cleaned.
  • Abrasive Cleaning - Involves agitation of the surface being cleaned. 
  • Immersion Cleaning - Contents are dipped into a bath of the cleaning product. 

Move-Outs/Pack-Outs

If your home requires extensive restoration or cleaning, SERVPRO of Benton, Jasper, Newton & Southern Lake Counties can conduct an organized, efficient move-out of the affected area. Move-out will provide several benefits, including:

  • A quicker remodeling process
  • Protecting items from potential damage
  • Protecting contents from further on-site damage

When restoration is completed, we will work with you to coordinate the move-in according to your needs. The services offered upon move-in may depend on your insurance coverage.

Electronic Cleanup

Water-damaged electronics can present a serious hazard. Do not attempt to turn on or operate any electrical device that you suspect has been damaged by water. A SERVPRO Franchise Professional will coordinate the restoration of your electronics, including:

  • Television sets
  • DVD players
  • Computers
  • And more

The key to restoring electronics is taking prompt action to prevent further damage. We start by cleaning the exterior of electronic devices to help stop further corrosion and damage. Electronics will be cleaned and inspected by a qualified electronics technician.

Document/Photograph Drying

When your valuable documents, including photographs, are damaged by water, extreme caution should be taken to help ensure the water damage does not destroy the document. Although some documents may not be restored to pre-water damage condition, SERVPRO Franchise Professionals can save a great deal and help minimize additional damage. 

Depending on the type of documents and the level of water damage, we have five options for the restoration of documents:

  1. Air Drying
  2. Dehumidification
  3. Freezer Drying
  4. Vacuum Freeze Drying
  5. Vacuum Thermal Drying

Contents Claim Inventory Service

When a fire emergency strikes, the damage can often feel overwhelming. SERVPRO Franchise Professionals can help ease the worry and confusion during the recovery process by offering our Contents Claim Inventory Service (CCIS), which provides a detailed and accurate list of your belongings. They take a room-by-room inventory of your contents, including digital photos, and in some instances, bar coding. 

Our Contents Claim Inventory Service:

  • Preloss list and value of contents
  • Detailed and accurate report
  • Better information to settle claims quicker
  • Assistance with burden of proof for claims
  • Peace of mind when you need it most!

SERVPRO of Benton, Jasper, Newton & Southern Lake Counties can help restore many of your valued possessions. Call us today to learn more - 219-779-7577

National Smile Power Day - Reasons to Smile Despite the Devastation

6/15/2021 (Permalink)

yellow smiley face, SERVPRO orange house logo, text that reads be the reason someone smiles today Sometimes we find it hard to smile. We at SERVPRO of Benton, Jasper, Newton & Southern Lake Counties want to be the reason you smile today.

June 15th is National Smile Power Day

When life gives you a hundred reasons to cry, show life that you have a thousand reasons to smile!

In our line of work, we've seen situations that give you those hundred reasons to cry. In fact, the owners of SERVPRO of Benton, Jasper, Newton & Southern Lake Counties had their own devastating fire and reasons to cry.

But that's why we do what we do. That's why we chose to be a part of the SERVPRO team. To be able to turn those hundred reasons to cry into a thousand reasons to smile.

We work with you every step of the way to navigate your disaster - inspection, mitigation, restoration - we do it all.

We work with your insurance company, and we are the preferred restoration company choice of many insurance companies because of our reputation.

We make sure that you are satisfied.

We work to make it "Like it never even happened."

Sometimes we find it hard to smile. We at SERVPRO of Benton, Jasper, Newton & Southern Lake Counties want to be the reason you smile today. If you find yourself in a situation where you need us, we will be there - call anytime, day or night - 219-779-7577

In the meantime, use the power of your smile to brighten someone's day - not just today, on National Smile Power Day, but every day.

National Upsy Daisy Day

6/8/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO orange house logo, flower, national upsy daisy day phrase In our line of work, we understand that not every day is a good day. But we can help make it "Like it never even happened."

National Upsy Daisy Day (June 8th) is a day to encourage you to face the day positively and to spread joy.

In our line of work, we understand that not every day is a good day. Fire and water damage, natural disasters, mold - none of these things make for a good day. But we can help you through those situations and make it "Like it never even happened."

Every day is a gift, and if we remember that each day, it will help us carry a good attitude throughout the day, no matter what the day may bring us. Life is full of challenges and bumps in the road, and it is our attitude that helps us over the bumps and through the challenges to move onward with a smile.

Give it a try. Be grateful and thankful for what you do have. Smile. It makes you feel better and makes others feel better as well. Brighten someone's day.

Here are a few ways you can celebrate today. What other things can you think of to celebrate #UpsyDaisyDay ?

  • Leave an anonymous note encouraging someone to have a great day.
  • Make a donation to a food pantry or your favorite charity. It doesn’t matter if it's large or small. Every little bit helps.
  • Give to yourself! Start a savings account or jar for a rainy day.
  • Call a friend you haven't spoken to in a while. Let them know you’ve been thinking about them. Take time to catch up.

SERVPRO of Benton, Jasper, Newton & Southern Lake Counties knows that not every day is a good day. We've seen it all, and then some. There is no disaster too big or too small that we can't handle. 

National Safety Month - Family Emergency Plan

6/8/2021 (Permalink)

National Safety Month text on various green rectangles background Identifying risks around your home and improving safety standards protects everyone in your community. Today's Tip: Family Emergency Plan

Every week throughout June is an opportunity to make a difference in your home, work and community.

Identifying risks around your home and improving safety standards protects everyone in your community.

We will post several safety tips throughout the month in our blog. You can also check out the National Safety Council website for tips and resources.

Today's tip: FAMILY EMERGENCY PLAN 

The National Safety Council recommends every family have an emergency plan in the event of a natural disaster or other emergency event.

Spring is a great time to renew your plan and make sure every family member knows what to do in the event of an emergency. Have a home and car kit of emergency supplies, generally enough for three days for every family member (don't forget pets!).

The emergency plan should also include:

  • Communication plan - how will family members contact one another, meeting place, understanding of when it is safe to go outside, etc
  • Shelter in place plan if needed - if outside air is contaminated the Federal Emergency Management Act (FEMA) recommends sealing windows, doors, and air vents with plastic sheeting
  • Getaway plan - include multiple routes and destinations in different directions in case one is closed

#NationalSafetyMonth

National Safety Month - Summer Safety

6/8/2021 (Permalink)

American flag background with fireworks and text Firework Safety Identifying risks around your home and improving safety standards protects everyone in your community. Today's Tip: Summer Safety/Fireworks

Every week throughout June is an opportunity to make a difference in your home, work and community.

Identifying risks around your home and improving safety standards protects everyone in your community.

We will post several safety tips throughout the month in our blog. You can also check out the National Safety Council website for tips and resources.

Today's tip: FIREWORKS

It's officially SUMMER - that means BBQs, parades, gatherings, and fireworks. And we are all eager to get out and do all the things we missed last summer!

Although still two weeks away, the backyard fireworks shows have already begun. Please leave the fireworks to the professionals. Take the family to a fireworks extravaganza where you can sit back, enjoy the show, and be safe.

In 2017, eight people died and over 12,000 were badly injured and required medical treatment from fireworks-related incidents. Of these, half the injuries were to children and young adults.

Additionally, fireworks start an average of 18,500 fires each year! We know the devastation a fire can cause. Trust us, you don't want it to happen to you!

If you live where it is legal to light fireworks, please use caution:

  • Never allow children to use fireworks (even sparklers, a long time favorite for kids, can be dangerous as they burn at about 2,000 degrees - sparklers alone account for more than 25% of emergency room visits for firework-related injuries according to the National Fire Protection Association - consider something safer like glow sticks, confetti poppers, or colored streamers)
  • Never use fireworks if you are impaired by drugs or alcohol
  • Never light fireworks indoors
  • Never point fireworks at anyone
  • Use far way from homes, people, and flammable materials
  • Light one at a time and remain a safe distance away after lighting
  • Soak spent and unused fireworks in water a few hours before discarding

#NationalSafetyMonth

National Insurance Awareness Day - Have You Reviewed Your Coverage Recently?

6/7/2021 (Permalink)

stop sign, text National Insurance Awareness Day June 28th and Are you covered? SERVPRO of Benton, Jasper, Newton & Southern Lake Counties is a preferred provider for many insurance companies.

On June 28th each year, National Insurance Awareness Day encourages us to review our insurance policies.

In our line of business, insurance is very important to our customers. All too often we have customers that do not have appropriate insurance coverage for their loss.

Whereas insurance does not cover everything, it does help in the event of a disaster. 

What can you do? Take this day to check your current policy. Talk to your agent. Evaluate your current possessions. Has your family situation changed? Do you need flood insurance?

Homeowners, renters, property, auto, umbrella, flood, life - there are so many different types of insurance out there and you need to evaluate which one is right for you and in what amount.  Don't forget about your annual health insurance enrollment as well. 

Take this time to review your coverage - you don't want to be under or over-insured. Talk to your agent. Maybe there is a better bundle to keep costs lower but provide the coverage you need. Don't get caught without appropriate coverage. Prepare for the worst, but hope for the best. Hopefully you will never need to use that insurance coverage, but in the event of a disaster, you don't want to take the chance with sub-par coverage. 

SERVPRO of Benton, Jasper, Newton & Southern Lake Counties is a preferred provider for many insurance companies. They trust us with specific policies and protocols for mitigation and restoration. They value our restore versus replace mindset. No matter who your insurance company recommends, you can choose any company you wish for your fire, water, mold, storm damage needs. Call us for more information - (219) 779-7577

SERVPRO System Services

6/1/2021 (Permalink)

Orange and white list of services provided by SERVPRO SERVPRO locations are Independently Owned and Operated - not all locations perform every SERVPRO Systems Services.

Trust Your SERVPRO Franchise Professionals

  • 24/7 Emergency Service
  • Highly Trained Specialists
  • Faster to Any Size Disaster
  • Trusted Leader in the Industry
  • Preferred Vendor for Many National and Local Insurance Companies

Whether you need emergency services for a fire or water damage or top-to-bottom cleaning, you can trust SERVPRO of Benton, Jasper, Newton & Southern Lake Counties to restore your home or business to preloss condition - "Like it never even happened." The difference is our training, experience, and equipment. 

SERVPRO franchise professionals provide restoration and cleaning services for residential and commercial structures. 

With more than 1,700 franchises nationwide, SERVPRO is a leader in the restoration industry, and its professionals are "Faster To Any Size Disaster." SERVPRO franchise professionals are available 24 hours a day/7 days a week and are ready to restore or clean your property.

SERVPRO locations are Independently Owned and Operated - not all locations perform every SERVPRO Systems Services.

Contact us today to see how we can help - (219) 779-7577