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Can your business survive a natural disaster?

8/24/2022 (Permalink)

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Many don't. More than 30 percent of businesses never reopen their doors after they've been closed down by a hurricane, tornado, flood, or other devastating calamity.

A disaster recovery plan and adequate insurance are keys to getting back to business. Your insurance plan should consider: natural disaster.

Understand your policy and deductibles and limits.

  • Speak with your insurance agent or company representative to make sure you know what kind of coverage you have.
  • Have sufficient coverage to pay for the indirect costs of the disaster. Coverage should include the disruption to your business, as well as the costs of rebuilding.
  • Evaluate your property insurance policy.

Consider flood or earthquake insurance.

  • Typical property insurance policies exclude coverage for flood or earthquake damage. If you're located in a flood zone, you'll probably have to buy a separate policy from the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP).

Protect yourself against business interruption.

  • Business interruption insurance covers the profits a business would have earned, based on its own records, had the disaster not occurred. It also pays for the operating expenses that continue, such as payroll, even though the business activities come to a temporary halt.

Include extra expense insurance.

  • Extra expense insurance reimburses you for what you spend, over and above your normal operating expenses, to avoid having to shut down during the restoration period.

Leave no gaps in your insurance.

  • Insurance policies should include property, business interruption, and extra expense insurance. Even if your basic policy covers expenses and loss of net business income, it may not cover income interruptions due to damage that occurs away from your premises, such as to your key customer or supplier or to your utility company.

In the event, you do suffer from a catastrophic event and you don’t know who to hire for the clean-up and restoration count on the team of certified professionals who work 24/7 at SERVPRO of McAllen to help you with your claim.

Get Your Hotel Cleaned, Top to Bottom

8/24/2022 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO of McAllen offers a variety of services for commercial clients, specializing in hotels and office spaces. We'll start with the top side handling your HVAC and air ducts throughout the hotel, making sure all pollutants are removed properly from all the rooms and public spaces.

Afterward, we recommend having your upholstery and mattresses cleaned. Even though you have your dedicated staff cleaning your hotel on a day-to-day basis, it is important to have the deeper cleaning using a hot water extraction commercial grade machine. The deeper cleaning will remove stains, human remains, and other substances which may have stuck to the mattress and upholstery.

Last, you should also consider cleaning the carpets in your hotel. Carpets that are walked over a lot tend to not only look dull and lose their fresh looks, but they also accumulate large quantities of dust, dirt, and allergens. Having them professionally cleaned will make sure they're healthier for your customers, as well as look better, immediately and in the long run. If we talk in management terms, professional carpet cleaning will save your carpet and save you money because you won't need to replace it so soon.

5 DIY Water Damage Restoration Tips for Your Home

8/4/2022 (Permalink)

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Not all water is clean and when suffering from water damage you may want to first analyze if your water is clear or gray/black. In the scenario that you could have gray or dark water, you may want to reach out for professional help before trying to do anything yourself.

Suffering from unexpected water damage in your home can be devastating! At SERVPRO of McAllen, we understand how the need to have your home back “Like it never even happened.” This is why we offer 24/7 emergency services to be able to help out no matter what day or time it is! (Including holidays)

Follow these DIY tips for when you have minor clear water damage within your home:

1. Disconnect Outlets

  • While you may not see the severity of the water damage just yet, it’s important to be cautious around appliances and gas lines. Using this equipment despite the situation could cause electrical shocks or even explosions.
  1. Inspect Mold
  • Most of the time, mold can spread quickly once it infests an area, so it is in your best interest to inspect for growth. For small issues, you can cut out the affected area, bag it, and dispose of it immediately. However, with serious mold infestations, you may want to reach out for professional help, in which case SERVPRO of McAllen offers 24/7 Mold Remediation Services.
  1. Dry Water Out
  • Before more damage occurs, you need to eliminate all moisture and dry out the affected areas. You can use fans or a large-capacity dehumidifier to circulate air and dry out the carpet, wood, and other surrounding materials. While this won’t prevent mold growth altogether, properly drying out the area will help lessen the damage. If you do not have the proper equipment to do, so call your local SERVPRO, and schedule your first inspection.
  1. Remove Damaged Materials
  • If your remove any damaged material, like insulation or carpet, soaked with water, you need to dispose of them immediately to avoid mildew. It is important to focus on the ceiling and floors first. This means unsealed cement, drywall, and wood need to be addressed and replaced so the home’s structure can support water damage repair. Remember at SERVPRO we offer Reconstruction Services, as well 24/7.
  1. Disinfect Remaining Areas
  • Depending on the type of water you are dealing with, it can contain a lot of bacteria and other hazards that can cause health effects. The water could also encourage the growth of mold, so it is important to sanitize immediately. Once the damaged materials have been removed, you will want to disinfect the entire area before you begin the restoration process. Spray and wipe down the surfaces with bleach so the mold spores don’t grow before you continue with the repairs. The great part of this also is that if you feel you don’t have the time or materials for proper sanitation, we also offer SERVPRO Disinfection Services.

If you feel your case is severe or you simply want a group of professionals to take care of the water damage itself, you may reach out to us 24/7 at 956-631-0348. CALL NOW, and speak to one of the certified water administrators that are more than happy to schedule your first inspection with us! We take honor in our slogan and can provide a restoration, “Like it never even happened.”

Caring for Commercial Property                                

8/1/2022 (Permalink)

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Your business is basically your second home, not just for you but for your employees. At SERVPRO of McAllen, we completely understand that! We want to take care of your commercial business just like you would your HOME.

When your business suffers from water/fire damage, you want to hire a group of professionals to come in and restore the damage, “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO of McAllen does just that and more. Being locally owned and operated we provide a fast response within minutes of receiving your call. We want to take quick initiative because we understand that any time off from your business is lost revenue.

We work 24/7 to be able to fulfill our motto and get you back in business faster than you can say, “Like it never even happened.”

Clean & Disinfect Your Facility When Someone Is Sick

8/1/2022 (Permalink)

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If a sick person or someone who tested positive for COVID-19 has been in your facility within the last 24 hours, you could clean and disinfect the spaces they occupied by hiring SERVPRO of McAllen!

We offer a 24/7 available disinfection service, Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned goes WAY beyond your basic janitorial cleaning. Based on the agreed plan, an expert deep clean is initiated using our proprietary EPA-Approved Hospital-Grade cleaning solutions and always adhering to the leading level of cleaning and decontamination standards set by the CDC.

So when you see the Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned shield, you can walk in with confidence. Because you’ll know the #1 choice in clean-up and restoration was there.

Why SERVPRO you may ask?

7/25/2022 (Permalink)

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Here at SERVPRO of McAllen, our main priority is you! We are here to quickly make any fire or water damage caused to your home or business "Like it never even happened."

SERVPRO of McAllen specializes in clean-up and restoration for residential and commercial properties that have been affected by any fire, smoke, or water damage. Not only do we specialize in clean-up and restoration for fire, smoke, and water damage, but we also mitigate mold and mildew from your home and business!

We work 24/7 to be able to provide a thorough and effective service, “Like it never even happened.” And that’s always the goal for us!

Getting Back to Business Quicker with SERVPRO of McAllen

7/5/2022 (Permalink)

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Natural disasters can cause businesses to shut down for days or months until repairs can be made and structures are safe enough to enter and resume business. Every day you remain closed is another day of lost profits. Take precautions and set up an emergency fund to cover any additional costs that your insurance may not cover.

Locate and establish a relationship with a list of contractors who would be available for construction matters, and find a clean-up and restoration service that will be available to quickly respond to your emergency situation.

With SERVPRO® of McAllen, you can count on us to get to the disaster faster and make it "Like it never even happened." Our training and expertise have prepared us to help with water damage, storm damage, fire damage, and mold remediation quickly and effectively.

Knowing what to do when disaster strikes your business is of the utmost importance. When it comes to the cleanup and restoration aspects, depend on SERVPRO® of McAllen to be there for you 24/7!

Fire Prevention 101 with SERVPRO of McAllen

7/4/2022 (Permalink)

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There have been more than 20,000 house fires that the American Red Cross has responded to this year, and that is only a portion of the total number of fires that have occurred in the United States.

Smoke detectors will always be the best way to prevent damage and the loss of life, but there are a few other things you can do that can provide protection to your home and your loved ones, even some that are as simple as cleaning up.

Clear the Clutter

Clutter is likely something we all fight on a regular basis already, but it can actually create a fire hazard. Allowing hallways, stairways, and utility spaces to fill with unused items can not only block emergency exits but also provide fuel to the fire.

Leaving loose clothing near a water heater can actually start a fire. Keeping your space clear means quick access to escape routes in the event of an emergency and can also slow down the progression of flames.

Another common source of fire in the home is overloaded extension cords. Remove any unused electronics and unplug appliances that you don’t use on a regular basis.

Take a look around your home and ensure that there is space between your walls and furniture. This allows for proper airflow to prevent overheating.

Create a Defensible Space in Your Yard

The area around your home is key in providing protection from fires that originate outside. Using strategically placed landscaping protects your home and gives room for firefighters to work in the event of an emergency.

Some states like California have imposed defensible zone regulations because this is such an effective way to slow the spread of a wildfire. With our dry climate that creates such a potential for grass fires, this type of landscaping is smart for us, too. In January, we saw five acres burn after a grass fire started, and the windy and dry conditions spring brought kept us on a constant watch for fire.

Intentional landscaping doesn’t mean you can’t plant the annuals you want; instead, it means using intentional placements of your plants and trees to provide the best protection. You should always keep your yard clear of dead plants, leaves, and limbs as these can strengthen a fire.

Do You Have a Plan for When Weather Turns Severe?

7/4/2022 (Permalink)

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Bad weather can be very scary. Thunderstorms can bring lightning, heavy rain, hail, and strong winds. Every year, the United States sees nearly 100,000 thunderstorms, making this frequently occurring event common in all climates.

Our Texas climate is certainly favorable for severe weather. Along with thunderstorms, we have experienced flooding, hail, and hurricanes. Our typically warm weather and short winters mean that our storm season tends to be longer than most.

While we all step up our level of weather awareness during hurricane season, a year-round emergency plan is the best way to minimize potential storm damage and ensure our loved ones' safety.

Your Severe Weather Communication Strategy
When bad weather comes, communication needs to be the first step in your weather plan. This means it is essential to understand the difference between a watch and a warning so that you can move your family to safety at the appropriate time.

You should also have several ways to get weather alerts from trusted local officials. Your cell phone and a weather radio are two good tools to charge and activate long before the storm rolls in.

Your family needs a communication strategy that even includes what to do if someone isn’t home so that all can be marked safe during the event. Everyone in your house should know where designated safe spaces are in your home as well, so even the youngest folks can seek shelter as needed.

Your Severe Weather Emergency Kit
In your designated safe space, you should store an emergency kit with essentials for each of your family members. Enough food, water, flashlights, and batteries, along with first-aid essentials and comfort items, should be packed into this kit to sustain your family for up to 72 hours in the event that you need shelter in place.

Be sure to include items that will help you all stay calm as the storm rages.

Why choose SERVPRO of McAllen

7/4/2022 (Permalink)

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How SERVPRO Will Help

SERVPRO will start their process with the very first call, with the best results coming if the call is made in the first 24 hours. Work begins with removing as much water as possible to prevent any additional spread or damage and reduce total drying time.

Floors, furniture and other belongings will likely need to be cleaned, sanitized and deodorized. Once the majority of water has been removed, our specialized team will use industry-leading equipment to dry water you can’t even see.

Once these steps are complete, we will begin assessing for any needed construction to your property in order to restore your home back to preloss condition. This could include a minor repair or a complete rebuild of an area of your home.

SERVPRO is a full-service company and can simplify your recovery process by handling everything from initial damage mitigation to any required rebuild. We will stay in constant communication with you every step of the way to get you back in your home faster.

Regardless of the type of water damage sustained, SERVPRO 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.