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How Disaster Can Arise Inside Your Commercial Property | SERVPRO® of West Forsyth County

6/16/2022 (Permalink)

Local businesses serve our communities in a variety of ways every day. We all benefit from these businesses, whether it’s the one you work for or the one you frequent. It’s tragic when these businesses are affected by a workplace disaster.

Business owners have a lot on their plates. On a typical day, they supervise personnel, manage funds and attend to clients. On other days, owners are forced to deal with the aftermath of tragedies such as natural disasters.

In the United States, the amount of damage caused by natural disasters is continuously growing over time. According to the NCEI, our country has endured an annual average of $153 billion in damage over the last five years.

In a place like Winston-Salem, you can expect weather like tornadoes, floods and severe storms. This Winston-Salem marketplace faced the impact of intense flooding. Expensive equipment was ruined, and they were forced to close down for a short period.

We’ve compiled some data on the most common causes of damage around the country to assist you in better preparing your company for disaster. Continue reading to find out more.

Storm Damage

Storms are one of the most common causes of property damage in commercial buildings. They’ve also been known to inflict irreversible damage to facilities, where business owners are left with no choice but to close their doors.

Minor storms can result in power outages and the hurling of debris and tree branches. More severe storms can uproot trees and rip roofs off buildings.

Severe storms are capable of creating wind gusts of around 100 mph. These gusts have the potential to overturn cars and demolish infrastructure.

Always be informed of the weather conditions in your specific area, since conditions can vary even street by street. Staying informed about how the weather may affect your business will assist you in preparing your property.

Weather damage can be avoided by taking preventive actions such as inspecting your building for cracks in the walls or ceilings. Also, back up any crucial data and store it in a secure area to ensure that nothing important is lost if your business is damaged by a storm.

Water Damage

Water damage is a huge threat to businesses around the country. Water damage can occur as a result of hazardous weather like flooding or as a result of something as simple as an appliance malfunction, and both types of water damage can cause costly damage to your company.

Floods can cause several problems for your company. Floodwater might rush in and cause costly equipment or merchandise to be damaged inside your property. Outside your facility, precautions like strategic landscaping of trees and plants can help to slow the flow of flash floods if they occur.

Water damage from leaks related to appliances or plumbing is often more subtle than flash flooding. Leakage can occur in areas that are not visible unless your structure is inspected. Look for signs of leakage, such as discoloration and a musty odor.

Know Who to Call

Our local businesses have a huge impact on our communities. Business owners must take steps to safeguard their enterprises against damage.

If your business suffers from the catastrophic effects of water or storm damage, we can be on the scene right away to help you establish a solution. After that, we’ll restoration any damage and get you back up and running immediately!

If you have experienced damage to your business or want to learn more about our commercial damage restoration services, contact us today at 336-946-1131. We’re here to act fast, 247.

Reduce the Risk of Fires With These Simple Procedures | SERVPRO® of West Forsyth County

6/7/2022 (Permalink)

House fires occur every year in the United States. This year, the American Red Cross has already responded to almost 20,000 house fires. Protecting your house and loved ones is critical, especially when the numbers are anticipated to rise.

Clutter is one contributing factor that causes house fires spread easily throughout the residence, with each item adding to the fire’s growth. Utilize these cleaning methods in your Forsyth County home to effectively prevent hazardous fires:

Clear the Clutter

Small clutter can quickly become overwhelming—what begins as a small pile of clothes can quickly evolve into a mountain of clothes! Untidy homes pose far more dangers than you might imagine, since heaps of clothes or blankets can obstruct exits and entryways. They can also obstruct the circulation of space heaters and water heaters, posing a significant fire risk.

Water heaters require proper ventilation and anything that obstructs it can cause a fire. Keep blankets, garments and towels away from the water heater. These items are flammable, which would worsen a water heater fire.

Make sure to keep rugs, furniture and curtains away from space heaters as well. Some people make the mistake of putting these objects too close to heaters, which causes a fire to ignite when the heaters get too hot.

Create a Defensible Space in Your Yard

To control wildfires, California has created defensible space zones, a successful approach for keeping outside fires at bay. While our risk of wildfire is lower here in North Carolina, strategic landscaping is still an effective fire prevention method.

A well-kept yard with a proper layout works as a barrier against outside fires. Getting rid of any stray branches or weeds in your yard will prevent flames from spreading if one does break out. Trim any overgrown branches from trees and your grass regularly.

Keep It Clean & Keep It Safe

When it comes to fire safety, remember the importance of keeping your home and yard clean. Maintaining the cleanliness of your home is a useful practice of fire prevention. Small duties around the house, such as dusting, go a long way.

Pay attention to the distinct hazards that each room presents, such as the kitchen. Fires can start quickly here, so keep your appliances, such as your oven, stovetop and toaster, clear of grease and food particles.

Preventing a fire in your home begins with cleaning up the inside and outside of your home. Cleaning isn’t a chore when it comes to the safety of you and the people you live with—it’s a necessity.

If you have experienced fire damage or want to learn more about our fire damage restoration services, contact us today at 336-946-1131. We’re here to act fast, 247.

Are You Ready for a Storm? | SERVPRO® of West Forsyth County

5/20/2022 (Permalink)

When a violent storm hits West Forsyth County, it can cause serious damage to your home or business. There are several things you can do to prepare for a storm and address the damage afterward. Given that there are around 100,000 thunderstorms throughout the United States every year, you need to be prepared for this kind of weather.

Every area of the United States is prone to thunderstorms. The severity can change at any moment and what was a mild storm can morph into a full-on severe storm. Your most severe storms will bring heavy rain, flooding, and, on occasions, destructive tornadoes that can wreak havoc on local houses and their residents.

The best thing you can do as a home or business owner is prepare for this damage, and we’re going to show you the ways to do that. Taking action to prepare for storms can make a huge difference in how much the storm impacts you and your home.

Your Severe Weather Communication Strategy

If things take a turn for the worse, having a way to communicate with each person in your family and being able to obtain communications from authorities is vital.

First, it is critical to realize the difference between watches and warnings so you can understand when to simply be vigilant and when to seek immediate shelter.

It’s smart to have more than one approach to obtaining alerts from officers. You should have both a cell phone and an NOAA weather radio.

You also need to have a communication strategy in place for your household. Have a chosen safe region in your own home that everybody is aware of to get to while the weather turns awful, preferably on the ground floor and away from windows.

Additionally, make a plan for communicating in case one or more household members are away from home when a severe storm happens.

Your Severe Weather Emergency Kit

An emergency kit should be packed with all the essentials needed for sheltering in place for up to 72 hours, and it should be stored in your at-home shelter. Your kit should consist of nonperishable meals, water, flashlights and batteries, in addition to any other necessary items.

Your Severe Weather Aftermath Checklist

In the aftermath of intense weather, it’s critical to be sure you are taking the right steps to both improve your protection plan and deal with any harm to your own home. Once it is secure to do so, check your property for damage.

If you do find damage, be sure you know who to turn to. The restoration specialists at SERVPRO of West Forsyth County offer a quick reaction that will result in peace of mind and a properly restored property.

Once you have all your house together, it also important to do an audit of your whole safety plan. Talk about your communications, your emergency kit and every other factor that could use improvement to make everyone safer the next time around.

If you discover storm damage to your home or business, you can count on SERVPRO of West Forsyth County to handle the restoration. We’re here 247 to spring into action—get in touch with us today. 336-946-1131.

Need Experts You Can Trust? Choose SERVPRO | SERVPRO® of West Forsyth County

5/19/2022 (Permalink)

Since 2010, friends and neighbors have trusted SERVPRO of West Forsyth County.

Whether you have minor storm damage or something larger to deal with, we have the experience and the equipment needed to clean up and restore your home and help get life back to normal following water, fire or storm damage.

Water Damage

If you’re a home or business owner, it’s likely you will encounter flooding issues in your lifetime, and the costs could be astronomical. Each year, floods cause around $10 billion in damages nationwide.

When your Winston-Salem home has water damage from flooding or leaks, you need a company that can respond immediately and has the expertise and equipment to properly restore your property.

SERVPRO of West Forsyth County uses advanced water damage inspection and extraction equipment to help them find the moisture and to remove it as quickly as possible. We’ll help you understand the severity of the damage, so you’re able to make the right choice for restoration.

Fire Damage

In 2020, fires led to approximately $8.1 billion in direct property damage and losses across the nation. If your home encounters unfortunate fire damage, SERVPRO of West Forsyth County will be there ready to jump into action.

Following the initial consultation, SERVPRO of West Forsyth County will assess the damages to help you understand what exactly needs to be restored, how long it will take and the associated cost involved. Once the cost and scope of the restoration project is agreed upon, we will proceed to sanitize the areas that have been damaged and remove soot to start getting your home back to its pre-fire condition.

Storm Damage

Whether you’re dealing with a tornado, hurricane, blizzard or flood, SERVPRO of West Forsyth County has a network of strategically positioned storm teams on standby should a disaster strike near you.

After we have removed any water out of property, we will move on to cleaning your property and starting the restoration process.

We’ll restore your property to the condition it was in before the damage happened, whether that means minor repairs like replacing drywall or installing new carpeting or major ones like reconstructing parts of your property.

What Sets SERVPRO of West Forsyth County Apart?

At SERVPRO of West Forsyth County, not only do you get the local franchise, but you also get the strength of one of the nation’s largest restoration company. Our experts are a part of the No. 1 cleanup and restoration team in the nation with more than 50 years experience, so you can take comfort in knowing we’ll get your home or business back to the way it was in no time.

Regardless of the type of damage sustained, SERVPRO of West Forsyth County has the tools and teams to help your home or business recover from its disastrous effects. Contact us anytime when you need a dependable team to help you rebuild your life. 336-946-1131.

Water and Its Destructive Properties | SERVPRO® of West Forsyth County

4/20/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of West Forsyth County wants to be there for you for every catastrophe, big or small. Once or twice in your lifetime, you may experience a large, life-changing disaster, but you could experience many small disasters.

A leaky faucet is something you will likely see in your time as a homeowner, but you never want to underestimate the destructive effects of water. An average household leak can waste up to 10,000 gallons of water in a year.

Water damage progresses rapidly, seeping into floors, walls and soft surfaces. It’s crucial to address the issue right away to produce the best results.

Here’s what you need to know about the timeline of water damage:

In the First 24 Hours

If you live in a house, there is a one in four chance of a flood damaging it within a 30-year period in a high-risk area. Forsyth County, like every area in the United States, is vulnerable to flash flooding at any point. For example, in 2021, Winston-Salem saw extensive flooding after remnants of Hurricane Ida hit the city.

The first 24 to 48 hours after flooding or water damage in your West Forsyth County home are crucial. Certain items will immediately fall victim to water’s disastrous effects.

Soft furnishings and upholstery will soak through, and wooden structures can swell from the moisture. Personal belongings like books and photographs are especially vulnerable to warping beyond repair. In addition, mold can begin to develop within this timeframe. Quick action is essential.

SERVPRO of West Forsyth County's expertise and “restore vs. replace” mentality can help you save money while preserving precious keepsakes that can’t be replaced. If any materials cannot be successfully restored, this will be communicated to you. These materials are typically removed as soon as possible to expedite the drying of all restorable materials.

Within the First Week

After the first 24 hours, water damage will progress further and quickly. Mold can spread like wildfire with excessive moisture. As mold sets in, it can even damage the home’s structure.

Additionally, porous surfaces, such as wood surfaces and walls, will become increasingly compromised, and metal surfaces will start corroding.

After One Week

Make an effort to avoid letting moisture fester for so long because some effects may be catastrophic and even irreparable. As time goes on, the costs and efforts to restore the structure will increase significantly, and the risks associated with structural damage are greater.

How SERVPRO Will Help

SERVPRO of West Forsyth County’s restoration process begins with the first call, preferably within the first 24 hours. Our process normally starts with a thorough extraction of water. This helps prevent the spread of water in the structure and reduces drying time.

Mostly likely, floors, furniture and other belongings in your house will require cleaning, sanitizing and deodorization following a water damage incident. After the bulk of the water has been removed, our specialists will use industry-leading drying equipment to remove the moisture you can’t see. This is important, because even the tiniest bit of excess moisture can promote mold growth.

After these initial steps, your home may need restoration work to get your property back to its preloss condition. This step could include minor repairs or rebuilding entire areas of your home.

We can simplify the restoration process by handling both the initial damage mitigation and rebuilding the affected areas. SERVPRO of West Forsyth County will keep you up to date on every step and have you back in your home or business in no time.

Regardless of the type of water damage sustained, SERVPRO of West Forsyth County has the tools and teams to help your home or business recover. Contact us 247 when you need a dependable team to help you recover at 336-946-1131.

How Much Do You Know About Flooding? | SERVPRO® of West Forsyth County

4/6/2022 (Permalink)

Flooding is the most common natural disaster, and it claims more lives in the United States per year than hurricanes, tornadoes or lightning. It can affect everything from individual homes where property collects excess water to wide swaths of communities and cities.

Flooding affects all 50 states and every U.S territory, but there are similarities in types and causality among all them. There are three common types of flooding, and they happen for four typical reasons.

3 Types of Natural Flooding

Flash floods are common, and they happen when heavy rain passes or sits over an area and overwhelms the ground’s ability to contain the moisture. Excess water runs off and takes garbage cans, cars and more with it.

River floods are exactly what they sound like. When there’s too much water for a river’s banks to hold, the water spills over the sides and causes destruction.

Coastal floods happen in areas next to large bodies of water, when storm surges or cyclonic activity causes ocean or gulf levels to rise to flood levels.

The 4 Most Common Causes of Natural Flooding

Heavy rainfall. Storms with excessive rainfall, or storms that sit and rest over an area for an extended period, can cause flash floods or river flooding. Urban areas are more at risk for rain floods, because the higher percentage of concrete and asphalt means there’s a lack of soil to soak up all that water. According to the city of Winston-Salem, Forsyth County can receive several inches of rain in a short amount of time from any sort of storm system. Even if the floodplain maps show you’re at low risk, any residence in the county could be susceptible to flooding with the right combination of atmospheric activity. Now, if you are in an area with a much higher risk of flooding, you are at a much higher risk of property damage and death.

Oceanic activity. Storm surges, hurricanes and rising tides can cause water levels to rise in waves, which can invade coastal communities and wreak havoc.

Dams and levees failing. The most notable example of this in recent history would be the disastrous levee breaks during 2005’s Hurricane Katrina. Levees and dams fail when cracks occur or excess pressure overtakes the dam’s ability to contain the surge of water behind it.

Snowmelts and ice dams. In areas of the country where heavy snow and prolonged freezing temperatures are common, snow and ice can build up over a winter’s time, and when they start to melt, they cause rivers of water to flow through area communities. Ice dams or ice jams happen when rivers become blocked by built-up ice being carried downstream, causing the banks to overflow.

Regardless of the cause of the flooding, SERVPRO of West Forsyth County has the tools and teams to help your home or business recover from its disastrous effects. Contact us anytime at 336-946-1131 when flooding or water damage makes a mess in your life.

We Can Be Your New Business Partner | SERVPRO® of West Forsyth County

3/18/2022 (Permalink)

A business needs all the help it can get to stay afloat. As an owner or property manager, you are well aware that keeping things functioning requires every available hand. Significant interruptions or losses may be catastrophic for commercial properties.

However, your retail space, manufacturing facility or rental property already has a built-in silent partner to assist with all of your cleanup and recovery needs, and it’s right in your backyard. SERVPRO of West Forsyth County can handle a wide variety of company demands; it’s as if you have an invested ally taking care of a whole component of your organization’s success strategy.

Large Loss Recovery. Fires, storms and flooding are among the most common causes of financial loss for businesses in the United States, and they may lead to disastrous amounts of damage if action is not done as quickly as possible. When you contact SERVPRO of West Forsyth County, you can be certain that you are contacting a highly experienced crew that is available 24 hours a day to deliver proven emergency services and reduce your interruptions and speed up recovery time.

Emergency Ready Plan. Recovery begins prior to the onset of the disaster—that is, if your organization is prepared. We can assist you in developing the ideal strategy to implement when the time comes. During a crisis, you may need an emergency chain of command, alternative meeting or work locations, and temporary suppliers, and we’ll have you set up for a simple button press that initiates all of this.

Cleaning of All Kinds. We have solutions for any cleaning scenario, from specialized demands like trauma site cleanup and safe biohazard removal to general needs like carpet cleaning and upholstery restoration. We’ve been doing this for a long period of time and have seen and cleaned it all.

Restoration Services. Storms cause flash floods. The interns set fire to something in the kitchen. In the winter, a pipe bursts. All of these events need restoration and cleaning, which SERVPRO of West Forsyth county excels at. From water removal through restoration, you can rely on us to restore your business’s shine after an unfortunate incident.

Industry Specialization. There’s no business we can’t help, and we’ve spent decades getting to know the ins and outs of each industry. Whatever your business’ specialized or unique cleaning or restoration requirements are, we can assist you. In many circumstances, we may even enclose the work area to avoid interfering with other sections’ routine activities.

Whatever your recovery need may be, and whatever your commercial property may require, trust SERVPRO of West Forsyth County to get the job done. Contact us today to get started on an Emergency Ready Plan or find out how we can serve your business.

The Range of Spring Weather Threats in the U.S. | SERVPRO® of West Forsyth County

3/10/2022 (Permalink)

As one of the largest countries on the planet, the United States experiences diverse seasonal weather patterns throughout its territory, resulting in quite a variety of seasonal weather threats.

As spring approaches and warm and cold air masses collide throughout the country, let’s take a look at the many weather patterns that might form, as well as what we can anticipate in North Carolina.

The Pacific Northwest is prone to severe rain in the spring, which may result in flooding and water damage. At higher elevations, snow will continue to accumulate, and its melting and runoff will create their own set of problems.

Winter is particularly harsh in the Upper Midwest and Northeast, as frigid temperatures persist throughout the season. Residents from Maine to the Dakotas should brace themselves for very low temperatures, as well as the potential of snow and freezing temperatures into the spring season.

The Southwest, in particular, will need to be on guard against severe heat waves that may harm lives and property. The South Pacific, which includes Hawaii, will be alert for tectonic-related tsunamis.

Windstorms, derechos and the threat of wildfires, which spread rapidly in strong winds and dry seasons, will be a challenge for the central United States, extending from Iowa to Texas. Tornado Alley is a section of this region prone to severe storms and tornadoes.

Finally, the Southeast, including North Carolina, may see a variety of extreme weather events, ranging from tornadoes and severe thunderstorms in landlocked states to hazardous rip currents and early-season hurricanes later in the spring.

Due to the state’s position near the Atlantic coast, it is susceptible to tropical storms and hurricanes. Along with damaging winds and coastal floods caused by storm surges, these storms pose a significant threat to the state due to extreme precipitation.

Extreme weather is a serious hazard to residents of all 50 states. Regardless of how your danger differs from that of a friend in another state, being prepared is always a good idea.

If extreme weather leaves you with damage from water, fire or other elements, help is a click away. Contact SERVPRO of West Forsyth County at 336-946-1131 for fast, expert recovery.

The SERVPRO Business Disaster Plan | SERVPRO® of West Forsyth County

2/17/2022 (Permalink)

Operating a company is like balancing on a tightrope. You have to strike a balance between staffing, payroll, an ever-changing economic and technological landscape, all while competing in the marketplace and marketing on social media and so much more.

Whew! Running a company is often a never-ending job. You’ve invested a great deal of time and work to get to this stage. With that in mind, are you prepared in the event of a disaster?

Oftentimes, all it takes to permanently derail a business is a single disaster. According to FEMA, 40% of small businesses cannot reopen after a disaster event like a fire or storm damage—and a significant portion of those that do reopen close again within a year.

With an economic horizon in the wake of pandemic shutdowns on top of uncertainty about the future, it is more critical than ever for businesses to have a top-notch disaster plan in place. That said, three-quarters of all small business do not have a disaster recovery plan in place, and this has to change.

SERVPRO of West Forsyth County is delighted to assist companies in preparing for the worst-case scenario by building a Emergency Ready Plan. We help you in determining your emergency preparedness requirements in the aftermath of a catastrophe based on your specific location and industry.

When we finish, you’ll understand the procedure from start to finish if you ever need anything from flood damage restoration to data recovery, ensuring that if your firm ever experiences a crisis, your plan can promptly go into action to minimize downtime and effect. You and your employees will know who to call, what to do and when to do it, as well as alternate inventory solutions and work locations and pretty much everything else.

Prepare in advance for a disaster in order to avoid making your business journey any harder than it currently is. Allow the SERVPRO specialists in our area to get you back on track if disaster strikes with an Emergency Ready Plan. It may be the reason that your business survives a crisis.

When your business is ready to prioritize planning and safety to prevent extended downtime, contact SERVPRO to get the Emergency Ready Plan underway from the folks who know all there is to know about disaster and recovery. Contact us at 336-946-1131.

Yes, We Help With That, Too | SERVPRO® of West Forsyth County

2/3/2022 (Permalink)

Your home is a massive investment, and you do your best to take care of it. You schedule a roof checkup once a year, you keep batteries in your smoke detectors and you divert your downspouts away from your home.

But despite all you do right, it only takes one acute incident for your home to encounter some kind of damage—and that’s where we shine.

No matter the kind of disaster you encounter, SERVPRO of West Forsyth County has the solutions Warner Robins home and business owners count on to get things rolling properly again. Call us when you need:

Water damage recovery. An unexpected basement or attic flood due to a popped water heater is a major nuisance, but you can trust us to get any water damage situation rectified.

Fire damage recovery. When fires happen twice a minute in the U.S., SERVPRO of West Forsyth County is constantly on call to make sure damaged walls and property get restored.

Mold removal. Complete, professional mold removal is crucial, because DIY solutions can actually spread more mold through your space, leaving it to eat away at your home.

Storm recovery. Storms of all kinds threaten Georgia homeowners, but whatever damage they may cause is well within our skill to heal. From lightning strikes to tornado troubles, we’ve got the teams and techniques to get your home fully restored to its preloss state.

Commercial needs. Homes aren’t the only locations that take on these kinds of damage. Business owners rely on quick action to keep things running after a disaster, and nobody handles recovery quicker or better than your local SERVPRO of West Forsyth County.

General cleaning. Maybe you don’t have a disaster; maybe you simply have some carpet that needs a good scrub. Look no further—if it’s dirty, we can clean it.

Specialty cleaning. From COVID-19-related incidents to crime scene and graffiti cleanup, SERVPRO of West Forsyth County has the specialized tools and methods to make quick work of any scenario that requires special sanitation and cleaning care.

Construction. In extreme situations, whole sections of a home or business location can be lost. When this happens, you don’t have to get the help of 10 contractors to make things right again—one call to SERVPRO of West Forsyth County can get it all done.

Add 24-hour service and an easy insurance process to all this, and the picture becomes clear—when you need cleanup and recovery of any kind, you can trust SERVPRO of West Forsyth County to get the job done. You can reach us at 336-946-1131.