Let Us Help You Protect Your Business With Board-up Services
When a storm or other emergency leaves your business open to the elements, you must act quickly to help prevent further damage and protect the interior.
With hurricane season right around the corner, business owners need to be aware of the possibility of roof damage during a major storm. Damage needs to be addressed immediately to help avoid further harm by the elements or intruders. Our professional crews use roof tarping and board-up techniques to help keep your business secure while the roof is inspected and repaired.
If your windows or walls are damaged as well, we can board up those to secure your property.
SERVPRO of Gainesville West/Alachua County West is available 24/7 to help you during any emergency.
Take Advantage of SERVPRO’s Emergency READY Profile
SERVPRO can help you develop an Emergency READY Profile (ERP) for your business.
As many as 50% of businesses close down following a disaster, and some may never reopen. Of the businesses that survive, the overwhelming majority of them had a preparedness plan in place. Pre-planning can offer you peace of mind.
SERVPRO can help you develop an Emergency READY Profile (ERP) for your business. This can help you minimize business interruption by having an immediate plan of action. Knowing what to do and what to expect in advance is the key to mitigate and can help minimize how water and fire damage can affect your business.
This is a no cost assessment of your facility. This means there is no need to allocate funds, giving you a great value at no cost.
The ERP is 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.
This will give you a guide to help you get back into your building following a disaster. It can also help minimize the amount of time your business is inactive by having an immediate plan of action.
This will also establish SERVPRO of Gainesville West/Alachua County West as your disaster mitigation and restoration provider. You have a provider that is recognized as an industry leader and is also readily available when a disaster strikes.
The ERP also provides identification of the line of command for authorizing work to begin.
This will save time so SERVPRO can begin the work of mitigating the damage that can save you time and money.
The ERP also 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.”
Call SERVPRO of Gainesville West/Alachua County West for your ERP at (352) 374-6589. We will make it "Like it never even happened."
Instead of Cleaning Up Water Damage Yourself, Call the Experts
Owning a home brings about many benefits, but it also brings about many challenges. When disaster strikes, the responsibility of what to do, falls to you. Sometimes a disaster might be an easy fix, but sometimes it is too much for us to handle on our own.
Sometimes when a homeowner experiences water damage, they think they can fix it all on their own with a shop vac and some towels. However, when your home floods, the damage can go deeper than that. Improperly drying your home can lead to damage to the interior as well as mold issues.
It is 1,200 times easier to remove water than to evaporate it. That’s why proper extraction of standing water is key to properly drying a structure. Many times, shop vacs are unable to do a sufficient job quick enough.
Drywall exposed to water can go up the wall at a rate of 1 inch per hour for the first 24 hours. If left for a few days, it could go all the way up the to the seam at 4 ft.
The insulation in your walls will wick water from the drywall as well. Without proper weep holes drilled to allow air flow, your walls may seem dry, but you have insulation that could be holding in moisture and will eventually mold will develop. Insulation also loses its ability to insulate properly when it is wet.
Improperly dried drywall becomes brittle and weak causing it to break apart very easily. Drywall that is dried properly can actually become stronger. This was discovered by water restoration companies that used what they call “flood rooms” for training. Each week the rooms are flooded and used for training proper dry out techniques. They found after about five “floods” the drywall had to be replaced because it would no longer allow water to wick up the walls.
Mold will start growing immediately after spores are attached to an item. It can easily grow within 24 to 48 hours and will colonize in 1-12 days. Mold releases its spores when it is disturbed, so without proper removal, you can spread it throughout your home trying to get rid of it.
These are just a few reasons you should choose SERVPRO of Gainesville West/Alachua County West, your water damage experts, to save yourself the time, money and the sanity of having to restore your home more than once despite just one single water damage.
Active Hurricane Season is Expected for Florida; Be Prepared
2020 Hurricane season
Hurricane season has begun. The season runs from June 1 to November 30.
And this year, areas along the Gulf coast including Florida are twice as likely to get two hurricane landfalls within just 10 days, according to a study published in the AGU journal Geophysical Research Letters.
The study identified Florida and Louisiana as most likely to experience “sequential landfall,” where one hurricane moves over land faster than infrastructure damaged in a previous storm can be repaired. The researchers estimated this timescale between hurricanes to be 10 days for those states.
Being hit by two storms in quick succession gives communities and infrastructure less time to recover between disasters — a significant problem for a region with a swelling population that has struggled to recover following previous natural disasters.
In 2020, 31 tropical cyclones occurred in the North Atlantic tying 2005 as the most active since 1979. More than half of those systems approached within 155 miles of the U.S. coast, the highest number since 1979.
Preparation is key to keeping your home and commercial property safe, as well as protecting your family members. Stock up on supplies and make sure that you have SERVPRO of Gainesville West/Alachua County West on speed dial because we are “faster to any size disaster.”
We are here to help no matter the circumstances. We are always storm ready, 24/7.
Get to Know This Year's Storm Names
A look back at the names of 2021. (Photo: NOAA)
Hurricane season is right around the corner. It runs from June 1 to November 30. We become quite familiar with their names throughout the season, waiting for a new set of massive Hurricanes. How do hurricanes get their names? Names that become embedded in our minds, like that of Katrina, Matthew, Andrew and Irma.
People realized it was easier to quickly identify storms in warning messages by names than having to remember technical terms or latitude and longitude. It is also said to have heightened interest in warnings and contributed to community preparedness. In the beginning, storms were named arbitrarily. By the late 1900s, a more efficient naming system began with an organized list arranged alphabetically from A to Z.
Since 1953 Atlantic tropical storms have been named from lists originated by the National Hurricane Center, which are now maintained by the international committee of the World Meteorological Organization. In 1979, men’s names were introduced to alternate with the women’s names. The six lists above are used in rotation and recycled every six years. So the 2022 list will be used again in 2028. The only time that there is a change in the list is if a storm is so deadly or costly that the future use of its name for a different storm would be inappropriate to use again.
Here is the updated list for 2022:
In the event that one of these names turns into a major storm and leaves you dealing with its destruction, don’t worry, SERVPRO is here. We are available 24/7 to make it “Like it never even happened.”
Be Prepared This Hurricane Season
In order to be prepared this hurricane season, make a plan, build a kit and stay informed.
At SERVPRO of Gainesville West/Alachua County West, we take storm season seriously. And the best way to deal with a potential disaster is to prepare for it. You need to make a plan.
The State of Florida website offers a comprehensive list of kits, how to secure your home, and dealing with power outages.
It is important to create a kit of supplies that you could take with you if you are forced to evacuate. This kit will also be useful if you are able to stay in your home, but are still affected by the storm, such as through the loss of power. One common trend seen when hurricanes are approaching is a widespread panic. When this happens, people rush in large numbers to get all the supplies they think they need. However, if you prepare your kit ahead of time, you can alleviate a lot of the potential stress of a very chaotic situation. You should create your kit in a bag that you can easily take with you.
Some recommended items to include are:
- Non-perishable food (enough to last at least 3 days)
- Water (enough to last at least 3 days)
- First-aid kit (include any prescription medication you may need)
- Personal hygiene items and sanitation items
- Flashlights (have extra batteries on hand)
- Battery-operated radio (again, have extra batteries)
- Waterproof container with cash and important documents
- Manual can opener
- Lighter or matches
- Books, magazines, games for recreation
- Special needs items: pet supplies and baby supplies if applicable
- Cooler and ice packs
- A plan for evacuation and for if family members are separated
Securing Your Home
Here are some tips to secure your home in the event of damaging winds, storm surge and flooding.
- Cover all your windows, either with hurricane shutters or wood.
- Although tape can prevent glass from shattering everywhere, be warned that tape does not prevent the window from breaking.
- If possible, secure straps or clips to securely fasten your roof to the structure of your home.
- Make sure all trees and shrubs are trimmed and clear rain gutters.
- Reinforce your garage doors.
- Bring in all outdoor furniture, garbage cans, decorations and anything else that is not tied down.
- If winds become strong, stay away from windows and doors and close, secure and brace internal doors.
In the event a storm should leave you without power, there are a few things to consider and help you be ready and stay safe outside of your normal hurricane preparedness.
- Gas: Make sure your tank is full far in advance of an approaching storm.
- ATMS: Have extra cash on hand in the event no ATMS in your area are accessible or working.
- Cell Phones: Charge your cell phone and limit use after power is out.
- A/C: This can be the most uncomfortable side effect of losing power during a storm. Try to prevent as much light from entering and warming the house by covering up your windows on the inside. If you have backup or battery-operated fans, don't run them unless you are in the room. Fans create a difference in perceived temperature but do not cool the room. Instead, they create a cooling effect by dispersing the heat off your skin. It is said they can actually add heat to a room just by running.
- Water: Fill bathtub and large containers with water for washing and flushing only.
- Food: Turn your fridge temperature down and/or freeze any food or drinking water that can be frozen if you expect a power outage. Have a cooler with ice packs prepared to cool your drinks and snacks after power has been out for more than four hours.
And if tragedy strikes and your house floods, a tree crashes into your roof exposing the house to water damage, or a power outage causes your HVAC to go out creating a possible mold situation, call SERVPRO of Gainesville West/Alachua County West. We are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to start working on your home or business disaster and make it "Like it never even happened."
Whatever Disaster Strikes at Your Business, SERVPRO is Here
We are the premier service professionals ready to help your business in even the biggest jobs.
We are the premier service professionals ready to help your business in even the biggest jobs. Fire, water, mold, we can handle it.
When a fire happens, it can bring your business to a sudden halt. Thankfully, SERVPRO is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week and 365 days a year. When a fire happens, give us a call so we can get you back to normal and up and running as soon as possible.
Whether it’s a leaky pipe or like the flood gates opened and there is water everywhere, SERVPRO has you covered. We have the highest quality equipment available so you can get everything up and running in no time.
Noticing a foul odor? Starting to see dark spots? Well, you might have a mold problem. Don’t fret, SERVPRO can help. We are experts at mold remediation. Your business is safe with us.
SERVPRO of Gainesville West/Alachua County West strives to make it like it never happened.
We make the impossible, possible.
Tips to Deal With Emergency Water Damage After a Storm
The most important thing to do after damage from a storm is practice safety.
Unexpected emergencies like severe weather call for immediate action. Immediate reaction to the disaster is important to helping you get your life back to normal.
We SERVPRO professionals are on standby ready for your call! We will contact you within the hour, be on site within four hours and provide you with a verbal briefing of scope within eight days! How is that for rapid service?
After a storm passes, the most important thing one can do is stay safe until help arrives.
Here are some important tips to help prevent further damage from the storm.
- Shut Off Water Source
- Turn Off Circuit Breakers: Turn them off for wet areas of the home when access to the power distribution panel is safe from electrical shock.
- Remove Excess Water: Mop or blot up excess water.
- Prop Up Wet Upholstery: Remove and prop up wet upholstery cushions for even drying. Do not put cushion cover in the washing machine.
- Use Aluminum Foil for Barrier: Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting.
- Move Paintings or Art: Move any paintings, art, objects, computers, documents and other sensitive items to a dry place.
- Hang Furs and Leathers: Move them to a dry area and hang separately in room temperature.
- Don’t Enter Affected Areas: Don’t enter these areas if electrical outlets, switches, circuit breakers or electrical equipment are exposed to water.
Storms occur with little warning and can be devastating, so you’ll need the company that you can trust to rise to the occasion. Regardless of the type of storm, SERVPRO of Gainesville West/Alachua County West can handle your situation.
Dealing With Black Water
Black water can be extremely dangerous to your health.
Did you know there are three categories of water damage? These include clean water, gray water and black water. Black water is the worst classification of water intrusion because it can cause health effects. Black water sources include sewer backup, flooding from rivers or streams, toilet overflow with feces, and stagnant liquid that has begun to support bacterial growth.
Water contaminated with sewage backup should be considered an emergency situation and dealt with as quickly as possible. The professionals at SERVPRO of Gainesville West/Alachua County West are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. They are water damage restoration specialists with specialized training, equipment and protective gear to safely restore your home or business.
Be mindful of all types of water damage and call the professionals to help.
Fire Restoration: Types of Soot
A fire at your home or business is devastating and comes with a secondary problem — soot.
Fire Restoration: Types of Soot
Fire damage to your home or business is devastating. And what can make it worse is the soot that follows the flames. Soot is acidic by nature and can cause lots of damage as it continues to degrade metals, finish coatings and electronics until it is removed. Soot continues to spread until it uses up all of its energy, moving toward colder temperatures. A lot of the time, soot will travel to areas not directly affected by the fire.
The problem with soot removal is that it is sometimes hard to see. There are also different types that require different types of cleaning techniques.
Luckily, SERVPRO of Gainesville West/Alachua County West is familiar with all types of soot and have the expertise needed to make it “Like it never even happened.”
Before restoration begins, SERVPRO of Gainesville West/Alachua County West will test the soot to determine which type of damage occurred. The cleaning procedure we use will then be based on the information identified during pretesting.
Wet Soot - Plastic and Rubber
- Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, smeary. Creates smoke webs that are more difficult to clean.
- Example: plastics, synthetics, household fires
Dry Soot - Paper and Wood
- Fast burning, high temperatures, heat rises and so smoke rises.
- Example: organic materials, wildfires
Protein Soot - Food products
- Virtually invisible, discolors paints and varnishes, extremely pungent odor.
- Example: grease or food, kitchen fires
A fire is one of the most devastating events a person will face, whether it be at their home or business. Each fire damage situation is different, and each requires a unique solution for that specific situation. We have the equipment, expertise, and experience to restore fire and smoke damage.
For every type of soot there is, SERVPRO of Gainesville West/Alachua County West has a way to clean or restore you home or business.