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Preparing for a Weather Emergency at Work | SERVPRO of Northeast Charlotte

9/19/2023 (Permalink)

Business man holding an umbrella and briefcase with a dark thunderstorm behind him. If your home or business was damaged in a storm, call SERVPRO of Northeast Charlotte to get you back in action.

You do your best to prepare your home for the possibility of severe weather by clearing your shelter location, staying current on the forecast and communicating with family, but what about at your business? Being a business owner means that you are not only in charge of daily operations—you are also responsible for keeping your staff safe in an emergency.

Preparing your staff for the possibility of a weather emergency while they are on the clock can ensure that everyone reacts safely and calmly.

Don’t let your crew run around chaotically as a severe weather system is headed right for your building! Incorporate these tips below into your training so that everyone on your staff is prepared to weather any storm.

Preparing for Any Risk

We all know that weather can be unpredictable here. Mildly cold winters with occasional rain and snow give way to tornado season in the spring and early summer, so residents in the Charlotte area always need to be prepared for floods, high winds and the potential for widespread home damage.

One way to reduce your risk of flood damage is to understand your flood risk. If your business is located in a flood zone or you know that a heavy rain can be disastrous to your basement, you can take steps now to prepare your space. Stay current on the weekly forecast so that you can give your staff the information they deserve as soon as possible.

Communicate With Each Other

Just like you talk with your spouse or your kids when a storm rolls through town, you need to do the same with your employees! In this digital age, it is easier than ever to send off a mass email or a group text to everyone in your employment.

The information can be as simple as a reminder to check the forecast before heading to work or it can be as crucial as urging everyone to get to the safe shelter location right away. Either way, you need to be able to spread information to everyone quickly and in a uniform way.

Plan Escape Routes and Sheltering Spots

Keeping your staff safe is your top priority, so understanding when it is time to evacuate quickly during a weather disaster or hunkering down in your safe shelter location is vital. If you choose to evacuate, be sure that everyone knows your evacuation routes and can find the exits quickly and calmly.

In other weather situations, going outside may not be the smartest idea. This is why you should have your safe shelter location ready to use at a moment’s notice! Stock it with food, water and an emergency kit, and be sure your team knows where it is and how to get to it without the use of elevators or escalators.

Practice your response plans multiple times a year so that when the real situation comes, your staff will be able to react appropriately and everyone can stay safe together.

Don’t let extreme weather take control! If storms strike your business, SERVPRO can help you restore your losses.

Steps to Storm-Proof Your Home | SERVPRO of Northeast Charlotte

9/19/2023 (Permalink)

Empty parking lot with lots of greenery shown during a heavy downpour of rain. Have you been impacted by the unusual summer storm season? SERVPRO of Northeast Charlotte has your back when you experience flood and water damage.

We are in the heart of summer weather right now, and sometimes we are grateful for it, but other times we are all hunkering down together as another severe storm rolls through the area. Wind, rain, hail, tornadoes and flooding conditions are always a possibility, and each instance has the potential to damage your home.

We are particularly at risk of flooding issues due to the heavy rain that accompanies our severe storms, and high winds can also cause severe damage to our properties. Taking action quickly when a storm is predicted can help you avoid costly damages.

Starting outside can help prevent the storm from making its way inside your home! Follow our tips below to prepare your home now so that you are ready for the next time the wind picks up and a storm blows into town.

Seasonal Tasks

Preparing for storms doesn’t have to be complicated. Most of the yard work and seasonal tasks that you have to do actually protect your home from damage, so you can incorporate these things into your daily routines.

Keep your trees trimmed and remove any dead limbs or fallen branches from your property when you notice them. A single strong wind can easily pick up yard debris and toss it around. Cleaning your gutters regularly is also recommended! Leaf buildup or blockages can prevent them from working, causing rainwater to pool on your roof or pour over the edge and seep into your foundation.

Another location to maintain is around your windows and doors. Any gaps or deteriorating wood can easily invite water into your home, so fix any old caulk lines or repair damaged wood so that your home is airtight against those pesky water leaks. Check your roof often for damage as well, as a single missing shingle can cause widespread water issues when it starts to rain.

Additional Upgrades to Make

Preparing for storms doesn’t have to be expensive, but there are things on the market that you can purchase to make your home even more airtight against storm damage.

Storm shutters can be easily purchased and installed as a preventive measure, especially to help protect your windows from high winds and flying debris. If your property has heavy tree coverage, gutter guards are a good investment to prevent clogs and blockages.

If you have a shed or outbuilding, adding reinforcements to the structure or tying down the roof can help prevent large losses when the wind speeds pick up.

Once the weather alert is issued for Mecklenburg County, stay inside and away from the windows. Your safety is your top priority! If you do suffer damage, remember that we are here 247 to help you recover quickly.

Was your home damaged in a storm? Call us at SERVPRO® of Northeast Charlotte to start restoration, 247.

Responsible Summertime Grill Tips | SERVPRO of Northeast Charlotte

9/19/2023 (Permalink)

Man holding tongs above grill preparing food outdoors Have you had a barbeque gone wrong? Call SERVPRO of Northeast Charlotte to get your space back in shape.

Summer is one of the best seasons in the Charlotte area in our humble opinion! We love to hang outside on a gorgeous sunny day and relax with our friends and family. Included in these picturesque days, of course, is a freshly grilled burger or hot dog and a cold beverage.

Grilling season is great for many reasons, but this time of year also means the peak of grill fires. Improper use of a grill can quickly turn into a dangerous situation and leave you with significant home and property damage. Our SERVPRO® of Northeast Charlotte team wants you to enjoy your backyard BBQs safely, so read on to learn some great grill safety tips.

Setting Up for Success

Preparing your workspace is one of the most important places to start. Make sure your grill is fully outside. That includes setting it up far away from the garage and be sure it is not underneath any overhangs from your roof. It needs to vent properly as well as avoid starting anything on fire above the heat and flames.

The place you choose should be on level and sturdy ground that is at least 10 feet away from your siding or wooden deck railing. This barrier is also a great boundary for any kids or pets in attendance.

Now it’s time for your equipment inspection! Charcoal grills should be checked for dents or cracks along the drum, and your vent covers should easily be able to slide. Take the time to clear out any ash buildup as well. Propane grills should have their gas lines checked and inspect the tank itself for any dents or signs of a leak. A single gas leak can lead to a seriously dangerous situation for everyone in your party.

Manning the Grill

Once the grill is lit and your food is sizzling away, don’t go anywhere. A responsible grillmaster always stays nearby and has a water source ready to use just in case. Keep your hose at the ready and consider having a spray bottle on hand to help knock down any sparks or flare ups.

Once your food is done, hand off the plate to someone else to bring inside and get to work shutting everything down. Close vent covers and scatter coals, or shut off all burners and close your propane tank. Remove any ash once it has cooled and put it in a metal can close by. After your party is over, check on your grill one more time to make sure everything is cool to the touch before going to bed.

We hope you enjoy the rest of the summer season in the Charlotte area, but remember that SERVPRO of Northeast Charlotte is here for you if an accident occurs and you are left with fire damage to your home or property.

Don’t let fire damage linger in your home. Call us at SERVPRO of Northeast Charlotte for a fast restoration.

Top Tips for Addressing Water Damage in Your Home | SERVPRO of Northeast Charlotte

9/19/2023 (Permalink)

Pool of water sitting on top of a herringbone patterned wood floor with furniture nearby If you discover water damage in your home or business, call SERVPRO of Northeast Charlotte right away.

Water impacts our daily lives in an incredible way. Even if we aren’t actively thinking about it every day, we use water to perform almost every task around the house. Doing the dishes, cooking, cleaning and even giving the family dog a bath requires the constant flow of water at our fingertips.

Because of that daily need, the possibility of experiencing water damage is also a constant in your home. Water damage can occur due to an appliance malfunction, house failure like a busted pipe or even during a strong storm from Mother Nature. Strong storms can bring hail, wind and heavy rain through the area at this time of the year and quickly wreak havoc on our homes.

Taking the necessary steps to prepare your home to prevent damage altogether is always ideal, but that’s simply just not possible all of the time. By reacting quickly and calling your friendly SERVPRO® team, you are doing what is needed to take care of your home.

Your Reaction Time

Coming upon a water disaster at your home is often overwhelming and frustrating, but don’t wait too long to take action! Acting quickly can help you avoid lasting damages and a costly repair. Water is notorious for seeping and leaking down walls, under floors and through ceilings in minutes after the problem begins.

Your first goal should be to stop the water at its source. Locate the connecting water valve and shut it off, and then shut off electricity to the surrounding area. If your leak is coming from the ceiling due to some sort of storm damage or roof issue, set out a bucket to catch the water while you wait for the storm to pass.

Remember, if you have standing water in your house, do not walk through it until you are 100% sure the electricity has been turned off. Live electrical wires are a serious danger.

Once the situation has been initially controlled, give us a call! We are trained to respond quickly, and we are available 247 to help start your recovery process.

Our Industry-Leading Drying Process

Our first phone call will involve a lot of questions as we create a restoration plan tailored to your specific disaster. We will also ask you to take some photos to help us and to help make your insurance claim process go smoother.

Our team of experts will get started as soon as we get to your house. Some of our team will start bringing in air movers, blowers and tubes to remove the excess water, and some of us will get to work saving your possessions and drying out your fragile materials.

We are trained to handle every aspect of your restoration from the initial drying process to the final repairs. We can do everything including replacing carpet, walls or floors, and we can even handle entire reconstructions of your home if your project requires it.

Water has the potential to cause significant issues for you and your family, so calling us is always the most reliable way of achieving a complete restoration. We are ready to take your call!

Do you have water damage in your home? Call us for fast and complete restoration.

Steps for Post-Storm Recovery | SERVPRO of Northeast Charlotte

9/19/2023 (Permalink)

Dramatic night shot of a home with visible roof damage from a recently storm and fallen debris Summer storms affecting your property? Call SERVPRO of Northeast Charlotte to restore your space in no time!

The storm season is a long one in the Charlotte area. Strong spring storms that bring a lot of rain transform into severe weather with strong wind, heavy rain and the occasional tornado situation. Each severe weather system also has the potential to cause flooding issues based on the forecasted rain and how dry the ground is.

That’s a lot of opportunity for storm damage during this time of year! Storms can cause significant issues in a short amount of time, so preparing for them in advance is always ideal.

However, that is just not possible in some cases if the storm forms quickly or happens overnight while you are sleeping. Your main priority should be keeping everyone safe, so head to your safe shelter location or the lowest and most interior part of your home to ride out the storm.

Once you head outside and survey the damage, what should you do next? Stay calm and call SERVPRO® of Northeast Charlotte, of course.

Tips for After the Storm Passes

Be careful about venturing too far away from your home after the storm passes through. Another one could be forming and heading your way. Stay close to home and have your weather radio or cell phone close at hand as you inspect your home.

This is also the time that you should be checking on your loved ones. A quick text or phone call can reassure you that those that live alone or weren’t home when the storm passed fared OK.

If you have neighbors, a quick check-in on them is also always a good idea. Storms often cause very localized destruction, so their homes may have suffered more damage or the storm may have caused an injury, so checking on everyone around you helps take care of your community.

Now that everyone is safe and accounted for, it’s time to turn your attention to your home. Start by taking photos of any damages you see, and then call SERVPRO of Northeast Charlotte to get the restoration process started.

How We Can Help

Your home could have suffered more damage than what is currently visible, so just be careful as you walk around your house. Take note of any loose nails, shattered glass or soggy drywall, and give any damage a wide berth.

You might also have to take some preventive steps to stop the damage from getting worse while you wait for us to arrive. That might include laying tarps over your roof to stop the rain from coming in or boarding up a broken window. We will take care of this when we get there as well, but do what you can in the meantime to protect your things.

We also will work alongside your insurance company to make sure your claim is being processed correctly and accurately. Our goal is to make your recovery process as smooth and as seamless as possible.

We know that suffering storm damage can be scary and frustrating, but we are here for you 247 to help you overcome any situation you encounter.

If a storm leaves your home damaged, contact us for fast recovery. We’re here 247 when you need us.

Taking Care of Your Home During Heavy Rain | SERVPRO of Northeast Charlotte

9/19/2023 (Permalink)

image of a large body of water during a rain storm with ripples caused by the heavy downpour Water damage in your home? Not for long with SERVPRO of Northeast Charlotte on the case!

Rain comes in all forms throughout the year, and sometimes we love them and sometimes we hate them. A soft and gentle rain in the late summer can feel refreshing and even be much-needed for our yards. Strong storms with intense rain may not always be as welcomed.

Severe weather can bring rain that comes in intense sheets that can overwhelm our homes and our gutter systems. While our homes do a great job of keeping the majority of moisture out, a single leak or an improperly graded yard can lead to all kinds of trouble.

Our SERVPRO® of Northeast Charlotte understands the tricky nature of rain, so we explain some easy ways to prepare your home to withstand the next rainstorm.

Rain in the Concord Area

We have seen some pretty intense storms so far this year! Were you one of the many thousands that lost power in the early August storm? We know that heavy rain can overwhelm our drainage systems and flood roads, and it can also cause landslides in the outer parts of town if the ground gets too wet too fast.

While we cannot stop the rain from falling down, we can be prepared for it. Stay connected to local authorities and understand the daily forecast so you can start planning as soon as a watch or warning is issued.

How to Stay Safe When the Rain Starts

No matter where you are, heading inside during a storm is always recommended. If you can make it home before the rain starts to fall, do so safely by avoiding flooded roads or low-lying areas. Tidy up your yard and pull outdoor furniture into your garage or tie it down. You should also get all your cars and lawn equipment into the garage if you are able as well.

Inside your home, focus your preparation efforts on the lowest level of your house since that is where water tends to accumulate first. Move any fragile or soft materials from those rooms to higher ground, and turn off electricity down there just in case. After that, just sit tight! Don’t panic if water does start to move into your home. Stay above the water line and get us on the phone right away.

Additional Protective Measures

It can be really frustrating and overwhelming to suffer water and flood damage, especially if you do everything right and it still happens. If you start to notice a pattern when it rains, this can actually help you put a stop to the moisture for good!

For example, if you know that water always leaks through your basement screen door when it rains, you might benefit from property grading in that area. Moving around dirt and earth to help encourage rain to flow in a different direction can make a world of difference for your basement.

Another helpful option is investing in a sump pump. Sump pumps are really efficient at pulling excess water from around your foundation and pumping it back to the surface and away from your home. This can ensure your basement stays dry and damage-free all season!

Remember that we are here for you whenever you are surprised by water or flood damage. Our team will remove the excess water and repair and restore the entire affected area quickly and efficiently.

We are here for all of your water disasters. Contact us day or night for a quick recovery.

Our Tips for Responsible Fall Bonfire Safety | SERVPRO of Northeast Charlotte

9/19/2023 (Permalink)

campfire-style fire pit with flames emerging from the top of the logs on the dark green grass Bonfire season is upon us! SERVPRO of Northeast Charlotte has your back with these helpful fire safety tips.

The fall season is almost here, and while the current temperatures may not reflect it, we are certainly glad to see the seasons changing. All of the fall decorations, pumpkin spice and increased time spent outdoors in the less harsh heat and humidity can get you in the mood for the fun holidays ahead.

One way that many people enjoy the fall season is by sitting around a bonfire. While this can certainly be a fun way to enjoy this time of year, that doesn’t mean the risk of starting a wildfire isn’t there.

Our SERVPRO® of Northeast Charlotte team offers up some helpful fire safety tips below so you can start and maintain your bonfires with safety in mind.

Starting the Fire Safely

Do pick a safe spot for your fire pit. You may not be able to move your permanent fire pit, but you can make sure brush or log piles are a safe distance away and that the trees are trimmed above the pit.

Do keep water close by. Have a hose unraveled and ready to use or a bucket filled with water that you can quickly dump over any unwanted flames. If you don’t have easy access to water, a shovel and some dirt can also quickly snuff out any wandering flames.

Do watch the forecast and keep an eye on any weather conditions. Really windy days or dry conditions can make it really easy for a fire to catch and spread, so always check on our local burn bans before lighting anything.

Tips After the Fire Is Going

Don’t use any gas or lighter fluid to boost your fire. While these substances are highly flammable, they are also highly unpredictable and can make your fire too large too fast.

Don’t let any kids or pets play too close to the flames. Accidents happen and kids can get seriously hurt in seconds, or a curious child can quickly spread the fire beyond the pit without much warning.

Don’t let your flames get out of control. Keep your bonfires small and manageable. The higher and larger the fire, the harder it is to control in emergency situations.

Don’t go to bed until you are sure the fire is completely out. Pour water over the flames or hose them down until everything is cold to the touch.

Additional Fire Safety

Wildfires can start in any manner of ways, but most wildfires are actually started by humans. Stay close to your fire, keep it small, and have a way to extinguish any flames quickly.

If your property or home is ever damaged by a fire that has gotten out of control, contact us right away for a full restoration.

Fire can cause a lot of damage in a short amount of time. Contact us day or night for immediate assistance.

How to Encourage Fire Safety With Your Kids | SERVPRO of Northeast Charlotte

6/10/2023 (Permalink)

Young boy staring at a lit match being held between his fingers SERVPRO of Northeast Charlotte is here for you and your family if you experience a fire in your home or business.

It’s hard work having small children in your home! While all of the work is certainly rewarding, it can keep you busy keeping them entertained while also teaching them about the world around them. Teaching your children about difficult concepts or potentially scary situations is especially tricky.

Experiencing a house fire can be scary whether you are 65 or 5, which is why everyone in your home needs to have a basic understanding of fire safety and how to react in the event of an emergency.

Read on as our SERVPRO of Northeast Charlotte team explains some easy ways to incorporate fire safety lessons without overwhelming your children below.

<h3the-risks-of-fire">Explaining the Risks of Fire

It can be hard for children to understand what “cause and effect” means, so they really only learn in the moment when something is happening. This can make it difficult to explain fire to your little ones. To start with, walk around your home and talk about all of the different places that fire is used, along with where it can break out, and discuss how it spreads.

Take out your matches and lighters to show them what they are used for, and be sure to instill the fact that these items are never to be played with and are only for adults to use. If they find a match or lighter laying around, they should bring it to you directly.

<h3firefighters">Introducing Firefighters

As adults, we all know that firefighters and police officers are there when you need them. Not all children will immediately trust an authority figure, though, especially if he or she is hidden behind a uniform or heavy equipment. This is why it is important to expose your child to pictures, videos and books about friendly heroes and what they look like. You can also attend local meet-and-greet events to help deepen that connection with your child.

In the best case scenario, your children will be able to easily get out of your home quickly as a fire starts. However, they need to learn to be able to call for help and make their presence known in case they get trapped. Have a contest with your kids to see who can be the loudest in their room and who can army crawl to the front door the fastest.

<h3a-game-plan">Create a Game Plan

No matter what kind of house or apartment you live in, you need to have an emergency exit plan in place. Your kids can—and should—help with its creation! Go from room to room, have your children identify all of the ways out of the room and have them practice escaping as quickly as possible from each space. When you are done, create a diagram of your home and write it all down.

While it may sound scary to do, you also need to teach your children how to open the windows in your home. In a true emergency, windows can be used as exit points and your children need to know that. However, be sure they understand that windows are never toys and should never be used unless a true emergency is occurring.

Finally, pick an outside meeting location together and practice your entire escape plan from top to bottom at least twice a year. Once you are outside, quiz your children on how to call 911.

Fires can cause widespread damage. Call us for a thorough and efficient restoration.

Prepare Your Home for When the Wind Blows | SERVPRO of Northeast Charlotte

6/5/2023 (Permalink)

Dense forest area with trees bending due to intense wind and rain If you've suffered from storm-related damage to your home or business, make SERVPRO of Northeast Charlotte your first call.

Wind is a major factor when it comes to the impact of a storm system. A gentle breeze during a soft rain won’t have much impact, but when strong winds accompany a dangerous summer storm, it can be troublesome for you and your home.

Strong wind can cause a lot of damage in a short amount of time. While severe weather is usually where wind does the most damage, dangerous wind can happen even on the sunniest of days.

By understanding more about different kinds of wind and how to prepare your home for its impact, you can avoid home damage as much as possible.

<h3wind">Understanding Wind

The majority of reported damaging wind is associated with thunderstorms and certainly during tornadoes. Tornadoes can produce some of the strongest and most damage-causing wind.

A typical thunderstorm can have wind in varying degrees from a couple miles an hour up to 60 miles per hour. When it blows that hard, it can easily toss around debris outside.

Straight-line winds go one step further. This type of wind encompasses any wind that doesn’t have rotation in it. This kind of wind blows up to 100 miles per hour, which can cause widespread damage.

Whenever a tornado warning is issued, seek shelter right away. The wind in a tornado can come in a variety of forms. Straight-line winds, downdrafts and microbursts are all possibilities, and each can cause total devastation.

We are no strangers to wind damage here in the Charlotte area! We experience a wide variety of wind patterns and strong storms throughout the spring and summer. Even just recently we had a strong system come through and damage properties.

<h3your-home-ready-for-wind">Get Your Home Ready for Wind

Prepare your home for the potential for wind damage as soon as a wind advisory or weather alert is issued. You might not have a lot of time to do so, but you might be able to prevent debris from flying into your house or experiencing severe damage to your car or siding.

Secure or tie down anything loose around your property like propane tanks, lawn furniture or children’s toys, and consider pulling your car into the garage if possible. You should also pick up branches or other yard debris.

Once your home is secure and ready to go, get your family indoors and away from the windows. A single flying object can easily break glass and injure you.

Only leave your sheltering location once you are confident that the storm has passed. Take a walk around your property to look for storm damage and take pictures as you go. Don’t forget your roof! Even just a single broken or missing shingle can leak water into your home. If you do discover damage, call SERVPRO of Northeast Charlotte for a quick and efficient recovery.

Has your home been damaged by wind? Call us and get things cleaned up fast.

Vulnerable Places for Water Damage in Your Home | SERVPRO® of Northeast Charlotte

5/9/2023 (Permalink)

 img src =”bucket” alt = " blue bucket in the middle of the living area catching water falling from the ceiling ” > Think you may have water damage in your home? Here are some tips from SERVPRO of Northeast Charlotte to find the source.

Water damage has the potential to cause widespread issues in and around your home. Not all water disasters are obvious, like flooding. A single leak or dripping pipe could contribute to large-scale damages if it isn’t caught right away.

Knowing where to look when it comes to water damage can help you stop a problem before it gets any worse. Controlling the situation is always beneficial for controlling the outcome.

Do your best to prevent water damage to your home in Mecklenburg County by checking these areas below often.

Your roof. Even though many roofing materials and shingles are really durable, water damage can happen at any point. A small gap that goes unnoticed can cause issues as well as the more obvious damage like a fallen tree on the corner of your house.

The problem with roof damage is that if you don’t notice it in time, it can turn into a large leak over time and cause chaos behind your walls.

Water has the innate ability to spread, so it can seep through your walls, down into your floors and can drip down your ceilings. Over time, this moisture can linger enough to cause mildew and mold growth behind your walls.

In your bathroom. If you have a large or busy family, you know how much use your bathroom gets. Every time a sink is turned on or the toilet flushes, you run the risk of experiencing water damage. A dripping pipe or clogged drain could lead to water troubles really quickly.

Check under your sink periodically to inspect the water lines and look for puddled water. Your shower and toilets could also be experiencing similar issues. Reducing the amount of moisture in your bathroom can help reduce your risk of water and mold damage as well.

It is worth your time to inspect your plumbing systems regularly. You might catch an issue that may have gone unnoticed, which can help prevent water damage from occurring entirely.

Household appliances. Most homes have a variety of appliances that are used daily, and many of them use water in order to function. Your dishwasher, washing machine and refrigerator utilize water, which means they can also leak or malfunction.

Since these appliances are often heavy or bulky, we don’t typically move them around much. There could be water damage or mold growth happening beneath or behind yours right now.

Each time you clean your home, get in the habit of pulling away these appliances from the wall. It not only helps you get a deeper clean, but you can catch signs of water damage much more easily. In addition, try to keep new appliances in your home if it is financially possible to do so.

Remember that even if you do suffer water damage to your home or business, our SERVPRO of Northeast Charlotte’s water restoration team is up to the task. Just give us a call.

Dealing with a water emergency? Our SERVPRO specialists can be on the scene of the disaster ASAP to restore your water-damaged home!