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Easy Ways to Make Your Home Safer From Fires | SERVPRO® of North Lilburn

7/6/2021 (Permalink)

Yellow, orange, and red flames House fires are preventable. SERVPRO® of North Lilburn is available 24/7 in the event of an emergency.

Making your home safer from fire hazards isn’t as difficult as you might think.

You can add simple steps to your daily routine and simple home maintenance items to your checklist that will lower your risk for common causes of house fires.

Be Sure You Know How to Prevent Fires

Most of these fire prevention tips are easy to add to your home safety routine. They don’t cost a lot but can make your family safer by lowering your risk of a house fire.

Know how to fight a grease fire. Grease fires are a well-known kitchen hazard. Part of the danger they present is because grease fires can’t be put out with water. In fact, water makes these events worse. Instead, keep a fire extinguisher handy. Metal pan lids and baking soda can work for smaller grease fires, too.

Keep your fireplace clear of old ashes. If you enjoy using your wood-burning fireplace, be sure you’re not letting the ashes collect there. Instead, clean your fireplace regularly and dispose of your ashes safely.

Watch how you use your space heater. Don’t plug your space heater into an extension cord. Use one of your wall outlets instead. Also, take steps to ensure your space heater is clear on all sides by at least three feet.

Keep your smoke detectors working. Testing your smoke detectors, changing their batteries twice each year and replacing them every 10 years will ensure they are best able to help protect your family.

Consider switching to battery-operated candles. Scented candles are popular during the fall and winter months because they add a warm glow to your home and can smell delicious. But these can be a fire hazard if they’re left burning while you’re not home or knocked over. Battery-operated candles eliminate these hazards.

If your home is damaged due to a fire or any other cause, you can always count on us for restoration assistance. We have crews who are available 247 in the event of an emergency. Contact us at any time to learn more about our restoration services and how we can help your family.

How Our Focus on Restoration Helps Our Clients | SERVPRO® of North Lilburn

7/6/2021 (Permalink)

orange sign and sky in the background Have you sustained property damage and feeling overwhelmed? We are here to help, contact SERVPRO® of North Lilburn to start the process.

When you experience damage to your household, whether it be from a natural disaster or some other type of emergency, the mental and emotional impacts can be difficult to handle throughout recovery. Working to regain a sense of normalcy and get back in your home is hard, but it can help your family begin to heal.

There are few things better for your recovery efforts than choosing the right restoration company to work with. We focus on restoring your items completely to their pre-damaged state, instead of pressuring you toward expensive replacements that will cost you more time and money in the long run. With our restoration-first mindset, we can help your recovery process be as smooth as possible for your family.

How Restoration Saves You Time and Money

We can help you save money on your insurance. You can claim many types of household damage on your home insurance policy, but for things like water damage, they can be quite costly. This can lead to an increase in your monthly premium, which can add up significantly. By restoring your home and belongings instead of making you replace them, we can keep the cost of your claim lower.

We can protect your sentimental items. Getting your family to safety is the top priority in any kind of emergency scenario, so as you evacuate, you will not have time to grab even the most sentimental items in the home. Fortunately, we are able to help. We have invested in the most state of the art restoration equipment available, which has enabled us to restore photographs, heirlooms and other irreplaceable items that would be devastating to lose.

We make sure your home feels like home again. It is emotional to go back home after a disaster has caused damage, but we can help make sure your house still feels like home. We handle all the cosmetic considerations, such as paint, flooring and more, and put your belongings where they go in your house to ensure it feels like home.

If you have damages and are feeling overwhelmed, we are here to help. You can call us as soon as you need to in order to begin the restoration process. Contact us today to learn more.

Helping Business Owners in Prattville Thrive During Uncertain Times | SERVPRO® of North Lilburn

7/6/2021 (Permalink)

People wearing white hazmat suits If you need cleaning assistance at your business, we’re here. Contact SERVPRO® of North Lilburn to learn more.

How much work have you put into making your Prattville business venture successful? If you’re like most entrepreneurs, the answer is “a lot.”

We know it’s hard work because our locally owned business is also part of the Prattville business community. We have a passion for ensuring that our fellow business owners succeed. It helps keep our community strong.

And it’s important to individual business owners like you, too.

We know building a business is anything but easy. When you do it, you’ll have to work hard. In some cases, that includes a lot of long days and nights.

Planning for future growth and challenges is part of owning a business.

But even the most thorough best five-year plan can’t predict everything. The COVID-19 pandemic is a powerful example of unpredictability. If you own a business, you’ve likely spent a lot of time lately looking for new ways to reach and serve your customers.

While some local businesses have found new ways to serve customers digitally and working from home, others are opting to open up restaurants, stores and companies for in-person services. There’s help for you regardless of how you’ve decided to move forward.

Reopening With Safety in Mind

The good news is that everyone in our community and beyond wants you to succeed. There are business loans and tips, advice, and more from sources you can trust.

Businesses that are open again are searching for new ways to ensure in-person interactions are safe. That’s where we can help you.

We’ll ensure your business is “Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned.” Here’s how our process works:

First, our technicians will consult with you about your business’ needs and organize an individualized cleaning plan.

Then, the team will clean your space. Our technicians use a high-level system to ensure you’re ready for customers. We use proprietary EPA-Approved Hospital-Grade cleaning solutions. Plus, we use cleaning and decontamination standards directly from the CDC.

The last step is when we certify your business. You can open again with confidence.

If you need cleaning assistance at your business, we’re here. We have crews who are available 247 in the event of an emergency. Contact us at any time to learn more about our cleaning services and how we can help you.

Safety Considerations to Prevent Grill Fires | SERVPRO® of North Lilburn

7/6/2021 (Permalink)

Food on grill SERVPRO® of North Lilburn is the fire restoration expert. To learn more give us a call or contact us online.

When you want to spend a summer day outside, a freshly grilled meal is one of the best ways to make the most of it. Grilling is a great cooking method for nearly anything, but because it involves an open flame, we do always want to remind the community to take the proper safety measures every time it is time to cook outdoors.

Grill fires happen more frequently than many would assume according to reporting from the U.S. Fire Administration—close to 6,000 fires are a result of grilling incidents every year. However, many of these incidents are entirely preventable, so it is wise to know the top safety tips to remember.

The Top Grill Safety Tips to Remember

Create a safe zone around your grill. Having your grill located in a good spot involves placing it somewhere that is both convenient and safe. Because flare-ups spreading to other objects are a common cause of grilling fires, a three-foot buffer is recommended to have surrounding the grill that is free from flammable objects.

Clean your grill grates often. Your grilling grates can get dirty with every use, which is why it is best to brush them after each grilling session. Stuck on bits of food and grease not only make consistent grilling less achievable, but they also increase the risk of fires as they can suddenly ignite if temperatures rise hot enough.

Never leave the grill unattended. Catching a grill fire before it gets out of hand can be the difference in a small incident and a large emergency, so never walk away from the grill when it is lit. If you have to take a break, have someone swap in for you and always keep a fire extinguisher within arms’ reach.

Inspect the grill regularly. Grills can be subject to wear and tear with age, especially the propane connections and tubes. It is best to do a visual inspection before you get ready to light the grill so you are aware of any potential spots that could cause a gas leak, which could be quite dangerous.

If you have a grill fire that does damage to your home, we are here to help. You can call us any time, day or night, to have a quick response from our restoration experts.

North Lilburn Residents Can Get Expert Help Dealing With Fire Damage l SERVPRO® of North Lilburn

7/6/2021 (Permalink)

Flames coming from a house If you have fire damage due to a heating malfunction or other issue, count on SERVPRO® of North Lilburn to fully restore your home.

No one likes to think about dealing with the aftermath of a house fire, but millions of them happen here in the U.S. every year. And that number could include members of the community here.

More fires happen during the colder months of the year, and they’re often caused by how we heat our homes or celebrate the holiday season. Christmas tree accidents are a leading cause of house fires..

If you’re using a space heater without an automatic shutoff mechanism, it can topple over and cause a fire. Broken furnaces and mishaps with other appliances happen sometimes.

Prattville residents can rely on a team of local experts if your home ever needs fire damage restoration or repairs. We’re prepared to work with you to remediate and repair in the aftermath of a fire.

Why Choose SERVPRO

Want to know why so many families in the North Lilburn area trust our work? Here’s what we offer our customers:

We’re available 247. Beginning the restoration process quickly is an important step in getting your home back to its original state and ready for you to make good memories once more. When it’s an emergency, we’re available at any time.

We are locally owned. SERVPRO locations are everywhere—all across the United States. But this location is locally owned. Because we’re a SERVPRO location, we can use the resources, equipment and training you would find at a leading-edge company with the advantage of choosing a partner here in the community.

We believe in restoration. Our team helps families recover from fire damage in a way that’s both logical and economical. Experts help through each step of the process, working to save your family time and money on the repair process and insurance premiums.

We can help with any of your restoration needs. House fires can damage your walls, your furniture’s upholstery and more. Issues resulting from water and smoke are common problems, too. We have the tools and resources to remediate these issues.

If you have fire damage in your home due to a kitchen, heating or other fire, you can count on us for restoration assistance. Our team is always ready to meet your needs and help you restore your home. Contact us at any time to learn more about our restoration services.

How Our Cleaning Technology Makes a Difference for Your Business | SERVPRO® of North Lilburn

7/6/2021 (Permalink)

Someone in a white hazmat suit spraying a surface Our cleaning technology can help put business concerns at ease. If you need a deep cleaning contact SERVPRO® of North Lilburn.

Operating a business during a pandemic is a challenge. And it’s one that business owners here in Matthews are meeting with resilience.

Because we want to be a resource and support for business owners during this unprecedented time, we’ve pulled together tools and information you can use to keep your doors open.

Pandemic Resources You Can Use

The Mecklenburg County government has helpful resources for business owners and other residents to track the prevalence of COVID-19 in our county. You can find the latest information about Mecklenburg County here.

Business owners can also get information they can trust from the Small Business Administration. Their website includes information that can also help you deal with added pandemic stress. The SBA recommends setting realistic goals for the pandemic, among other things.

And of course, you want to know who to turn to if your in-person business needs a deep-cleaning after any type of exposure. Here in Matthews, you can call on SERVPRO for that help.

We have advanced technology that can be used to ensure your business is clean and ready for customers. Our technicians use an electrostatic sprayer.

How Our Electrostatic Sprayer Works

You may not have heard of an electrostatic sprayer or understand why having this powerful technology in our arsenal makes a difference. Let’s take a closer look at how it works.

Our sprayer charges the disinfectant we use with a positive charge. That allows the particles to make a 360-degree coating on objects. So we can use less product and still get a powerful result.

Additionally, our sprayer allows us to provide touchless disinfection services. That means you can rest assured nothing else is introduced into your business while we’re cleaning the space.

We’re here to help you at any time if your business needs powerful touchless disinfection services. We’re here early mornings, nights and weekends if you need us. Don’t wait to call.

If you need cleaning assistance at your business, we’re here. We have crews who are available 247 in the event of an emergency. Contact us at any time to learn more about our cleaning services and how we can help you.

Building a Solid Evacuation Plan for Your North Lilburn Business | SERVPRO® of North Lilburn

7/1/2021 (Permalink)

Emergency graphic Here are some helpful tips we’ve put together to help you build a solid emergency plan. Contact SERVPRO® of North Lilburn to learn more.

Every business needs an evacuation plan in case of a fire or another disaster. In many cases, OSHA requires it and even publishes their own standards to check your emergency plans against.

Plus, it’s a good way to ensure both your employees and your customers are safe if something unexpected happens. (And, considering everything that happened in 2020 with the pandemic, planning for the unexpected now certainly seems wise.)

We’ve put together some tips to help you build a solid evacuation and emergency plan if your business should need it. We’ve worked in the disaster restoration and recovery business for years, so our team understands how these processes can work.

Things to Consider

We use the term “emergency” or “evacuation” plan, but it should be more than one plan in reality. Here’s why:

Some disasters require you to shelter in place. In the event of a fire, of course, you’ll want to have the routes out of the building posted and employees trained to help with the process. But in other cases, sheltering in place is the right call. That usually is the best option if a severe storm or tornado has been spotted in the area. So, you’ll want to have a plan in mind that covers all types of disaster scenarios.

Your employees’ roles can change. You’ll want to talk with your employees about head counts, evacuation routes and their role in leading people out. You may also want to establish a set meeting place to ensure that everyone you know is in the building has gotten out. Or if they haven’t, how many people first responders should be looking for inside the building.

Some special equipment may be required. Depending on your business and the type of disaster you’re dealing with, respirators and other equipment may be required.

If your business is damaged due to fire, water or any other cause, you can always count on us for restoration assistance. We have crews who are available 247 in the event of an emergency. Contact us at any time to learn more about our restoration services.

Let us help you get back to business| SERVPRO® of North Lilburn

6/28/2021 (Permalink)

Green SERVPRO® vehicle When disaster strikes, every hour spent worrying about the damage is a lost hour of productivity. Let us help you quickly get back to business!

You put everything into your business. At SERVPRO® of Prattville, we strive to provide that same level of excellence in servicing your property.

When disaster strikes, every hour spent worrying about the damage is a lost hour of productivity. Being in limbo during this period of time can be frustrating and anxiety-inducing. Our goal is to help you get back to business as quickly as possible! We are available 24 hours a day and 365 days a year and are prepared for the unpredictable.

Our technicians are trained in water removal; fire, smoke, and soot restoration; reconstruction, and more. Additionally, they have the equipment needed to service your property, whether it’s a large building or a big box store. We will manage the restoration of your property from mitigation to, if needed, restoration. Learn more about our services here.

If your business has been damaged due to a disaster or if you need any of our other service, you can depend on us. You can contact us at any hour of the day to learn more about our services or to report damages.

Rebuilding After A Natural Disaster Impacts Your North Lilburn Business | SERVPRO® of North Lilburn

6/24/2021 (Permalink)

female SERVPRO employee showing an employee information on a tablet SERVPRO of North Lilburn knows the commercial restoration process inside and out. Here are some great tips in choosing the right restoration company.

Here’s a question for business owners: What was the biggest lesson you learned dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic during 2020 (and beyond)?

For many business owners, the answer is clear. You can’t always plan for what will happen in the future or predict it. But you can be nimble, imaginative and look for new ways to do business even during less than ideal circumstances.

And that’s true of any issue that impacts your business. While few of us had plans for a pandemic, many business owners already have a disaster plan in place for more common natural disasters like severe storms, fires or floods.

In our years working with business owners like you, we’ve learned that being prepared for a disaster through planning and dealing with a disaster can be a very different experience. That’s why our team has pulled together some of the best tips for business owners who are facing the rebuilding process after a disaster.

Advice Business Owners Can Use

You can reopen your business quickly and efficiently after a disaster. Here’s how we recommend that you do it:

Work your disaster plan. It’s smart to work on this plan before you need it because you’ll be in a better frame of mind to think things through. For example, some may consider moving to a backup location to continue offering services.

Reach out to your employees. The people who work for you will be impacted by your business having to close or change temporarily and may need assistance. The Small Business Administration (SBA) can be a good resource for you.

Stay in communication with your insurance company. Take plenty of pictures of the damage and build an inventory of everything that was lost or damaged during the disaster. Make providing any documentation they ask for a priority.

Update the members of your community. Communicate with your suppliers, your employees, your customers and your wider community so that they know where you are in the restoration process. You’ll also want to let them know if you’re working from a temporary location. Think about using social media or an email list as a tool.

Work with the right partners. Choose competent professionals to work on your restoration process and repair any of the damage. It will make opening up again easier.

If a fire, flood or any other cause damages your business, you can always count on us for restoration assistance. We have crews who are available 247 in the event of an emergency. Contact us at any time to learn more about our restoration services and how we can help you.

Recovering at Your Business After a Disaster Strikes | SERVPRO® of North Lilburn

6/14/2021 (Permalink)

insurance policies binders and pen sitting on black table in larger conference room If your business is hit by a disaster, Contact SERVPRO of North Lilburn. We are here to guide you through the process.

Careful planning and strategizing is a key part of being a business owner, both for all of your everyday business decisions and when it comes to emergencies. Disasters devastate businesses every single year, leaving many business owners confused and unsure of how and if they will be able to reopen. Through careful planning, you can mitigate quite a bit of this uncertainty.

When you are considering how a disaster could impact your business, the first thing to be aware of is safety. Plan ahead to make sure you and your staff will be safe when a dangerous situation arises, and then consider how you will recover if there is damage to your building. Your restoration provider, your insurance company and your customers will all want to keep in touch, and you will have many resources available to you from organizations for financial assistance.

Ensuring Your Business Can Recover From a Disaster

Make contact with your insurance and restoration providers. No two commercial insurance policies are the same, so getting in touch with your insurance provider quickly after damage occurs is recommended. The process of filing a claim will vary, but once you get the details settled with your insurance company, you should reach out to your restoration provider as quickly as you are able so they can begin working on the damages.

Give customers updates on your status. Because of social media, it is easier than ever to keep in touch with your customers in real-time—and after a disaster, you absolutely should. Consider providing updates on your reopening timeline and any options customers have for supporting you while you work to recover (i.e. purchasing gift cards, making online orders, etc.).

Consider all your options for assistance. While a disaster is always a difficult thing to endure, business owners do have plenty of resources available for recovery through the Small Business Administration. Their disaster loan program is quite possibly the biggest help, as it is easy to qualify for, offers flexible repayment solutions and provides financial assistance for a variety of post-disaster expenses incurred.

If your business has been damaged due to a disaster, we’re here to help. Contact us at any hour to report your damage or to learn more about our commercial restoration services.