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New Year, Same Pipes
As the New Year begins and the temperatures drop, now is a good time to make sure your business is prepared for the cold weather and freezing temperatures. One of the leading causes for loss of business over the winter months is flooding. If you have restrooms in your business, the increase of holiday traffic can lead to an overworked sewage draining system. The plummeting winter temperatures can lead to broken pipes. Any one of these situations can lead to loss of income at a time when business is getting ready to slow down or affect your holiday rush.
The holiday rush increases traffic dramatically to local businesses. Black Friday starts the intense shopping season until the days after Christmas. If your business has restroom facilities , they are inundated with traffic for months and having some safeguards in place to prevent overflows and drain blockage is vital to maintain income and steady customer flow. Here are some tips to help keep business going:
- Have an efficient electric hand dryer installed into your facilities. This prevents paper towels from being thrown into toilets or drains.
- Make sure you have sanitary napkin containers available to prevent sanitary napkins from being flushed.
- Have an employee check facilities hourly to ensure all toilets and urinals are functioning correctly.
As the temperatures drop this winter and threats of arctic blasts with their extremely low temperatures move in, the threat of frozen and burst pipes increases quickly. Here are some tips to help prevent pipes from freezing:
- Make sure you have adequate insulation in basements, attics, crawl spaces and around windows and doors.
- Install a digital smart thermostat. It can be controlled and checked on from outside of your business. It also learns behaviors of the occupants and will adjust the temperatures to presets determined by you.
- If you have an oil or gas heat system, set up automatic delivery to prevent running out of fuel over the winter months.
- Open cabinet/counter doors to prevent freezing of pipes underneath counter tops during extreme temperature drops; this allows warm air to circulate around the pipes and prevent freezing.
- Leave faucets dripping on extremely cold nights, the water flow will help them thaw out pipes that may have started to freeze.
If you have any flooding issues in your business , call us here at SERVPRO of White Plains and New Rochelle. We have a crew ready to go 24 hours a day and 7 days a week, holidays included. We can respond immediately and help you get your business back to “Like it never even happened.”
September is National Preparedness Month
Fires happens quickly and unexpectedly. Prepare before disaster strikes.
No matter where you live or work, emergencies caused by weather, fire, wind, water, and other natural or man made disasters can strike at any time and are largely unpredictable. SERVPRO of White Plains and New Rochelle reminds home and business owners in Rye, Harrison ,White Plains, New Rochelle, Mamaroneck , Larchmont, Rye Brook and surrounding areas that preparing in advance is the best thing you can do to help minimize a disaster’s impact on your loved ones and your property. Each year, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) designates September as National Preparedness Month.This is a time to create, or update, your plan for when disaster strikes. In the same way that people make ‘resolutions’ at the New Year, National Preparedness Month is a great time to resolve to create a plan, or review your existing plan, each and every year .
Everyone needs a comprehensive emergency plan. Business owners also need to plan for business interruption and continuation. But equally importantly, families and businesses alike need immediate access to data like emergency and insurance contacts, shut-off valves, electrical panel locations, and the line of command to authorize work so emergency responders can react quickly and appropriately during the emergency. This month’s focus on preparedness is a great incentive for both families and businesses to put a plan in place and review it regularly. Creating an emergency plan is straightforward.No matter what type of threats exist where you live or work – wildfires, flooding, hurricanes, tornadoes, or other natural or man made disasters – tools are available from FEMA (https://www.ready.gov) with guidelines for preparing emergency food, water, and medical supplies; planning for special needs; and creating communication and evacuation plans. These tools and others, like the SERVPRO READY app, also help you store essential contact and property information electronically where it can be accessed with a mobile device in seconds if disaster strikes. Both home and business owners can download the free app athttps://ready.SERVPRO.com/home/mobileapp.
Local business owners can take an additional preparedness step by designating SERVPRO of White Plains and New Rochelle as their disaster mitigation and restoration provider. SERVPRO professionals will conduct a no-cost assessment of the facility and assist the owner in completing a comprehensive Emergency READY Profile® (ERP) to be stored in the READY app. The key to getting your life or business back on track is timely response after a disaster strikes. That’s why it’s important to take the time to record and store your information electronically, and then commit to a time – like National Preparedness Month – to review and update your records at least once each year. Remember, filing cabinets and their contents may be inaccessible or even destroyed in an emergency situation, so don’t depend on them to keep track of critical insurance, property, or contact information in the event of a disaster. Store your data electronically. If disaster strikes, you’ll have the information you need literally at your fingertips. SERVPRO of White Plains And New Rochelle specializes in disaster restoration, cleanup, and repair services, helping to remediate damage, making it “Like it never even happened,” for both commercial and residential customers.
For more information on SERVPRO of White Plains and New Rochelle , please contact us at (914) 684-1560 or 800-967-6663. For more information on SERVPRO® and the SERVPRO Emergency READY Program, please visit www.ready.SERVPRO.com. Providing coverage in the United States and Canada, the SERVPRO System has established relationships with major insurance companies and commercial clients, as well as individual homeowners. individual homeowners.
The care and upkeep of the trees on your property is important to prevent property damage to your home or business. The initial spring clean up has been done for a few weeks now and taking a second look with a focus on the trees of your property is a good idea.
- Look for broken or damaged tree limbs
- Check to see that there is leaf growth on the branches
- Does the tree look sturdy, is the tree leaning ?
- Are there any hollow areas of the tree showing?
If the trees on your property exhibiting multiple symptoms from the above list, calling in an arborist who is certified by the International Society of Arboriculture, to inspect affected trees is recommended. The certified arborist can inform you of the exact nature of your trees issue and help determine a plan of action. Whether it is removing affected branches or the entire tree , an arborist will know what plan of action to take.
In case a tree does fall on your property and damages your home or business call us here at SERVPRO of White Plains and New Rochelle 24/7 . We will be able to extract any water that may have gotten into your home or business after the tree fall and we also offer boarding up and tarping services to cover any holes created by the fall. Boarding up and tarping your property will ensure that no outside weather affects the interior of your home or business and act as a deterrent to people not authorized to enter the property.
Memorial Day Weekend
The Memorial Day holiday weekend is here and many local businesses will have Memorial Day sales this weekend and with people traveling, the influx of customers patronizing businesses could increase significantly. With the increase of customers patronizing establishments this weekend there is an increased chance of a water event whether it is increased use of the restroom facilities at rest stops or the increase water usage at local restaurants. The rise in water usage can contribute to a water event that could threaten to affect business on this very busy holiday weekend.
We have a proven track record of working in the community since 1996 to help you and your business get back on your feet as soon as possible to limit any more loss of revenue. SERVPRO of White Plains and New Rochelle is available 24 hours a day for your emergency water mitigation needs. We have staff on call around the clock since predicting a water event is impossible. That is why we stay ready and prepared for anything that may come our way.
Here at SERVPRO of White Plains and New Rochelle we thank the military service members who gave their lives to protect the freedoms we have today.
Insure your business
Fire can strike anywhere and leave businesses in ruin. Get proper insurance whether you own or rent.
A property owner having tenants that are residential or business can be time consuming with the day to day maintenance and upkeep of the property . The time and resources can exponentially increase when there is an emergency situation such as a fire or flood. Here at SERVPRO of White Plains and New Rochelle we can help . Recently a business owner contacted us about a tenant that had been evicted and left all of their inventory behind. Previous blogs have addressed tenants in residential situations having renters insurance but it is just as important for business/commercial tenants to have their own insurance to cover their inventory.
A local 2nd hand shop suffered a loss of all of the inventory and place to do business after a neighboring business caught fire and the soot and smoke traveled through to their business. They were unable to do business due to the heavy smoke and soot damage. They had assumed the landlords policy would cover their store and its contents. The landlords policy only covered the structure of the building. Unfortunately the tenant was evicted due to not being able to pay their rent and the landlord was left to clean out all of their inventory that was left behind.
Our crew is currently cleaning out the space and after 4 large dumpsters being filled to this point, there will be at least 4 more. If this shop owner would of been properly insured their inventory would of been replaced or reimbursed as well as rental assistance until they were able to get their shop back in business.
Tenants please get renters insurance
If you rent a home, apartment or any other type of housing you should have renters insurance. Renters insurance will cover loss of your personal items as well as assist you in temporary housing in case of a fire or any other catastrophic loss scenario. During an emergency situation it is best to have your own policies in place so you can act immediately and not have to wait or endure any more suffering while dealing with a small or large loss. A few reasons tenants might not get renters insurance is:
- They are under the impression that the landlords policy covers them.
The insurance policy for the building will cover the structure but not the contents
belonging to the tenants.
- Insurance policies are too expensive.
Renters insurance policies run between $100-$200 a year and usually average around $16.00 a month. Which is a small amount to pay for replacement of personal items and having relocation benefits in case of inhabitable conditions.
- They think the money could be spent better elsewhere.
Insurance premiums averaging $16.00/ a month for renters insurance policies
are affordable and offer security in emergency situations. The policy having the benefit
of replacing or reimbursement for damaged personal belongings and relocation
benefits is priceless.
In this day and age with costs of goods and everything else rising it can be difficult to spend that extra money on a policy that might not seem important and for an event that might not happen. The security of knowing if a fire or water damage does occur at home that you are covered is priceless. Here at SERVPRO of White Plains and New Rochelle we work with insurance companies and can assist you if you have a fire or water event at your home, apartment, condo or wherever you rent. Call us 24 hours a day/ 7 days a week.
Tenants having renters insurance should be required
Requiring your tenants to have renters insurance will help you save money and help provide some protection from lawsuits. Why should landlords require tenants to have insurance?
- Living expenses are covered with Renters Insurance
Many policies will offer relocation assistance if the renters are not able to stay in their
homes due to a loss. Also a friendly relationship is sometimes established between
landlord and tenant and there could be a feeling of obligation to provide housing on top
of dealing with the loss of property. The renters insurance would eleviate that extra
- The risk of a lawsuit is lowered
If the property is damaged or an individual is injured because of the tenants
carelessness, more than likely the landlord's liability policy will not cover the tenant.
Renters insurance protects the tenants property against damage or loss and covers
personal liability if an individual is injured while on the property. Also if there is an
incident such as fire damage, flooding, pipe breaks, sprinkler system break, sewage
back-up or any other potential event that is not the tenants fault, them having renters
insurance will give the tenant the ability to recover losses on their policy and not try to
pursue litigation against the landlord.
These are two major reasons for tenants to have renters insurance. You will save money,time and stress by having this policy in place. The tenants will be able to focus on getting their personal belongings replaced with their policy and the landlord can get the property back to preloss condition. Call us here at SERVPRO of White Plains and New Rochelle we can provide the remediation, mitigation,fire and smoke clean-up, pack out or any other services the landlord or tenant might need with a water or fire event.
Are you ready?
Only 5% of disasters affecting businesses are caused by nature. Man made disasters have the ability to cause just as much damage as a natural disaster whether it be a pipe break, sewer back-up or even a nearby train derailment that creates a bio hazard that causes a hazardous material incident.
Key to recovery is preparedness.
If a business has a completed an ERP Profile they will be able to better handle disruptions and minimize loss by developing a SERVPRO ERP for business you minimize business interrupting because you have 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 affect the business.
The SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile is a start up approach that provides the critical information needed to begin mitigation and recovery services. It is designed to serve as a quick reference of important building and contact information. By working with SERVPRO`S Emergency READY Profile, a business will receive the benefit of over 40 years experience in reducing the impact of any natural or man-made disaster. SERVPRO is a leader in water and fire damage response and can help you quickly get a property back in working order.
The SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile
A no cost assessment of your facility.
-This means there is no need to allocate funds, giving you a great value at no cost.
A concise Profile Document that contains only the critical information needed in the event of an emergency.
-It will only take a little time to complete and will not take you away from current projects. But it will save a lot of time if ever needed.
A guide to help you get back into your building following a disaster.
-This can help minimize the amount of time your business is inactive by having an immediate plan of action.
Establishes your local SERVPRO Franchise Professional as your disaster mitigation and restoration provider.
-You have provider that is recognized as an industry leader and close by.
Identification of the line of command for authorizing work to begin.
-This saves time so we can begin the work of mitigating the damage which can save time and money.
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 the emergency you are “ Ready for whatever happens.”
The ERP Profile allows decision makers to have the necessary information at the time of disaster loss and allows them to respond in a timely, less stressful manner. Call us today at SERVPRO of White Plains to set up your no cost to you Emergency Ready Profile. 914-684-1560 or toll free at 800-967-6663.
Learn How to Prepare for Disasters Now.
FEMA has prepared a week-by-week calendar of recommended actions property owners can take to be ready if disaster does strike:
Week 1. Create an emergency plan that includes signing up for emergency alerts and making contingency plans for shelter, evacuation, and family communication.
Week 2. Learn life-saving skills. CPR is a good place to start, but also be certain you know how to turn off the utilities in your home and ensure your smoke and CO detectors are properly installed and working.
Week 3. Check your insurance coverage. Once the emergency is over, appropriate and sufficient insurance will be the key to getting your life back to normal, or at least on track.
Week 4. Plan financially for the possibility of a disaster. This goes beyond having a "rainy day fund" for immediate needs. Gather and organize important home, business, insurance, financial, personal documents and keep them up-to-date. Store all your documents in a secure, water-and-fire proof location.
"There's a difference between surviving a disaster and recovering from a disaster," says Antionette Pelli, owner of SERVPRO of White Plains. "Families and businesses who take the time to create both a short- and long-term plan to deal with the unexpected are better able to respond quickly if the unexpected happens, which can improve their chances of survival. Having key information at their fingertips in the aftermath of the emergency can set them on the path to recovery more quickly and with less stress."
SERVPRO recognizes a fast response is critical in any emergency . Pelli reminds Harrison-area commercial and residential property owners they can download the SERVPRO Ready app for free at https://ready.SERVPRO.com/home/mobileapp . The app allows users to store essential contact and property information electronically, where it can be accessed with a mobile device in seconds, right from the scene, if disaster strikes. For local business owners who designate SERVPRO of White Plains as their disaster mitigation and restoration provider, SERVPRO professionals will conduct a no-cost assessment of their facility, help the owner complete a comprehensive Emergency READY Profile(ERP) ,and store that profile in the READY app.
"SERVPRO disaster cleanup and restoration specialists are ready to respond to emergencies big and small," said Pelli. " From SERVPRO`s Disaster Recovery Team, a group of elite large-loss specialists, prequalified and strategically positioned throughout the United States to handle any size disaster, to local SERVPRO professionals like SERVPRO of White Plains, we specialize in disaster restoration, cleanup and repair services, helping make it "Like it never even happened" for both commercial and residential customers."
For more information on SERVPRO of White Plains, please contact Antionette Pelli at (914)- 684-1560 or SERVPRO8270@optimum.net . For more information on SERVPRO and SERVPRO Emergency READY Program, please visit www.ready.SERVPRO.com .
Founded in 1967, the SERVPRO Franchise System is a leader and provider of fire and water cleanup and restoration services and mold mitigation and remediation. SERVPRO`s professional services network of more than 1,700 individually owned and operated Franchises responds to property damage emergencies ranging from small individual disasters to multi-million dollar large-loss events. Providing coverage in the United States and Canada, the SERVPRO System has established relationships with major insurance companies and commercial clients, as well as individual homeowners.
SERVPRO's Disaster Recovery Team mobilizes from across the country, as needed, to support large storm events. SERVPRO`s Disaster Recovery Team has responded to large and storm events across the country, including: 2018 California Wildfires,2017 Hurricane Harvey, @017 Hurricane Irma, 2016 Hurricane Matthew, 2016 Hurricane,2016 Louisiana Flooding, 2016 Houston Flooding, 2015 Siberian Express, 2014 Mid-Atlantic Flooding,2014 Polar Vortex, 2013 Colorado Floods, 2013Alberta,Canada Floods, 2012 Hurricane Sandy, 2012 Hurricane Isaac, 2011 Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee, 2011 North Dakota Floods,2010 Tennessee Floods,2010 New England Floods, 2009 California Wildfires and 2008 Hurricane Ike.