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Prevent Fires in Your Home Today | SERVPRO® of Tallahassee

6/16/2022 (Permalink)

Heavy Damage Fire Loss

At this point in 2022, the American Red Cross has already responded to more than 20,000 house fires. This number only represents a small number of the home fires that have actually occurred so far this year in the United States.

While we know that smoke detectors continue to be the best way to prevent deaths and extensive damage due to fire, there are a few other easy ways to help minimize your risk of causing a house fire.

Clear That Clutter

Clutter can so easily become an issue in all of our homes, but did you know that the excess clutter in your home can be fuel to a fire? Piles of clothing, excess blankets or that pile of mail or newspapers that you have been meaning to pare down can all become an easy meal for a house fire.

Loose outlets are another common source of fire in the home. If you have recently noticed an outlet that is wiggly when you plug something in to it, call an electrician to come out and tighten it back down.

It is a much better idea to take care of the issue now rather than deal with the aftermath of a house fire later.

Create a Defensible Space With Landscaping

Your yard is key in protecting your home from a fire that originates outside. By intentionally planting trees or shrubbery around your home, you can create a buffer between the fire and your house to give your local firemen more time to reach you before it consumes your walls.

Some states like California have actually imposed defensible zone requirements when landscaping due to their proven ability to slow outdoor fires. Even though we don’t live on the West Coast, we can still benefit from planting defensible spaces in Tallahassee.

In fact, the recent brush fire near Cold Harbor Drive proves that even a small spark can start a large problem. Defensible spaces would be helpful in this scenario to help slow an unexpected wildfire and the dangers they pose to your home.

Keep It Safe By Keeping It Clean

Spring cleaning doesn’t simply benefit the functionality of your home—it can also help reduce fire risk. Give your stove and chimney a solid cleaning every season, and stay on top of your regular dusting to make sure you are giving your home the best chance to fend off a potential fire.

Our homes are our sanctuaries. They protect us from the elements and give us a sense of safety. It is easy to do these simple tasks regularly to make sure that your home will protect you and your family for years to come.

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

Don’t Let Storms Rain on Your Parade

6/1/2022 (Permalink)

Storms can be intimidating and even life-ruining. They can lead to severe lightning strikes, heavy rain, hail and strong winds. There are around 100,000 thunderstorms throughout the United States every year, so thunderstorms roll around fairly frequently throughout the country.

Due to proximity to the coast, Tallahassee often suffers the effects of disturbances coming from the Gulf of Mexico. You never know when a hurricane could build up steam and strike your home or neighborhood. In the event this happens, you want to be prepared for anything.

Here are some of the things you need to think about ahead of time. Preparing for serious storms will help you reduce their negative impact on you and your home.

Your Severe Weather Communication Strategy

Communication with everyone in your household is key when the weather turns bad, as is receiving notifications from authorities. First of all, it’s important to understand the difference between watches and warnings so that you know when to simply remain vigilant and when to seek shelter quickly.

It’s also a smart idea to have multiple ways to receive alerts from authorities, such as your cell phone and an NOAA weather radio.

Lastly, establish your family’s communications strategy. Whenever the weather turns bad, make sure everyone knows where to go in your house (such as the basement or bathroom).

Furthermore, make sure to make a plan for communication in case one or more family members are away when a storm hits—that way everyone knows when and how to check in and mark themselves safe.

Your Severe Weather Emergency Kit

In your storm shelter area at home, you should have an emergency kit that contains all the essentials your family needs for at least three days of sheltering. Make sure your kit includes nonperishable food, water, flashlights and batteries, as well as anything else you might need to stay safe and comfortable during the storm.

Your Severe Weather Aftermath Checklist

Once the storm is gone, start the next step of evaluating your safety plan and addressing any damage to your home. You should go ahead and do a run-through of your property, looking for damage. Pay close attention to vulnerable areas of your home, such as your roof and window and door seals.

If there’s damage, you know what to do next. You can reach an expert at SERVPRO of Tallahassee at any time, day or night. We will get to work restoring your home as soon as we get on scene.

As soon as you can get your family gathered, make sure you do a safety audit. If you can improve your communications, emergency kit and any other aspects, you will be even better prepared to deal with severe weather the next time it occurs.

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

The Types of Flooding to Watch Out For | SERVPRO® of Tallahassee

4/18/2022 (Permalink)

flood warning sign Don't risk a flooded road.

The most common natural disaster in the world is flooding, 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 ability of the ground 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. Heavy rainfall hit Tallahassee in November 2021, leading to extensive flooding in homes.

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 has the tools and teams to help your home or business recover from its disastrous effects. Contact us anytime when flooding or water damage makes a mess in your life.

 

You’ve Found the Business Partner You’ve Been Looking For | SERVPRO® of Tallahassee

3/18/2022 (Permalink)

Faster to any size disaster HELP!

As a manager or owner of an organization, you are well aware of the inherent obstacles associated with maintaining smooth operations. It’s reasonable that you’ll need every available hand to stay afloat. Businesses like yours are often compelled to close their doors permanently as a consequence of downtime or losses incurred as a result of a property damage occurrence.

When your organization needs cleaning and restoration services, it already has a dependable business partner in Tallahassee on standby. SERVPRO has the knowledge, equipment and expertise to handle a broad range of business cleaning and restoration needs. It’s as if you have a hidden dedicated business partner overseeing every area of your activities.

Large Loss Recovery. Fires, storms and floods are among the most common causes of financial loss for businesses nationwide, and they have the potential to cause far more harm if immediate action is not taken. When you contact SERVPRO, you are contacting a team of highly trained specialists who are ready 24 hours a day, seven days a week to provide proven emergency services and assist you in regaining your footing quickly and thoroughly after a disaster.

Emergency Ready Plan. If your business is prepared, recovery plans can begin prior to the occurrence of a disaster. We can help you in selecting the most effective response by developing an Emergency Ready Plan that is instantly deployed in the event of an emergency. During a crisis, you may need an emergency chain of command, alternate meeting or work locations, or a variety of other requirements, and we’ll set you up with a single button push that initiates all of these preparations.

Cleaning of All Kinds. We have a solution for any cleaning situation, from trauma scene cleanup and safe biohazard removal to routine cleaning and restoration requirements such as carpet and upholstery cleaning. We’ve been in this field for a lengthy period of time and have seen and cleaned almost everything.

Restoration Services. Flash floods may occur as a result of a severe storm. Interns may inadvertently cause a fire. Water damage might arise from a burst water main. All of these conditions need cleaning and restoration, which is SERVPRO’s bread and butter. You can rely on us to bring the spark back to your company after a property damage disaster.

Industry Specialization. We can help businesses in any industry since we have spent decades developing a knowledge of their particular needs. We are ready to tackle any cleaning or restoration requirements your business may have, regardless of how unique or specific they are.

Whatever your recovery need may be, and whatever your commercial property may require, trust SERVPRO 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.

Spring Brings Severe Weather Across the U.S. | SERVPRO® of Tallahassee

3/8/2022 (Permalink)

Seasons  Weather Changes Quickly

The United States is one of the largest countries in the world. Seasonal weather, as a result, varies greatly throughout the country—different parts of the country experience a variety of weather patterns, resulting in a variety of seasonal weather threats from region to region.

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 emerge across the country, as well as what we can anticipate in Florida.

The Pacific Northwest is prone to heavy rain in the spring, which may cause flooding and water damage. Snow will continue to accumulate at higher elevations, and its melting and runoff will create its own problems.

Winter’s chill lasts the longest in the Upper Midwest and Northeast, where very cold temperatures will persist throughout the season. From Maine to the Dakotas, residents can expect very cold temperatures, as well as the possibility of snow and frigid weather, far into the spring season.

The Southwest, in particular, will have to be on the lookout for severe heat waves that can threaten lives and safety. The South Pacific, including Hawaii, will be on high alert for tsunamis produced by tectonic activity,

Windstorms, derechos and the potential of wildfires, which spread quickly in high winds and dry seasons, will be a worry for the central United States, from Iowa to Texas. Tornado Alley is a portion of this area where strong storms and tornadoes are common.

Finally, the Southeast, including here in Florida, may experience a range of severe weather, from tornadoes and severe thunderstorms in the landlocked states to dangerous rip currents, plus early-season hurricanes later in the spring.

Florida has the greatest yearly number of thunderstorms in the United States. The most serious weather hazards here are hurricanes and powerful coastal storms. Hurricanes routinely make landfall along Florida’s coast, with hurricane-force winds striking the state on average of three times every five years.

Regardless of where you are in the United States, extreme weather is a real danger. There is no harm in having an emergency plan in place, no matter how different yours is from a friend’s in another state.

If extreme weather leaves you with damage from water, fire or other elements, help is a click away. Contact SERVPRO for fast, expert recovery.

We Can Handle It

2/4/2022 (Permalink)

Faster to any size disaster Ready for anything

The great thing about owning a home is that it’s your space, a spot to literally call home. It’s your building to do with what you want, your yard to tend and keep, and by golly, they’re your walls to nail in whatever you please.

The other side of that coin is that when something bad happens, it’s your problem. And millions of homeowners like yourself turn to SERVPRO to help them overcome issues of all kinds, stemming from damage from storms, fires and more.

When you need help in any of these areas (and more), you can count on SERVPRO to see you through the recovery process from start to finish.

Water damage recovery. Flooding, sewage backup and burst pipes can all cause serious water issues that make a mess of your home. When it happens to you, we’ll be there to see you through the cleanup and restoration of your flooring, walls and personal items.

Fire damage recovery. Home fires happen at a rampant pace of more than twice a minute, and when they do, homeowners all over the country rely on SERVPRO to restore damaged homes and remove soot and odors.

Mold removal. Mold can’t be allowed to stay in your home. It’s not only unsightly—it actually threatens your home’s structure. But removing it yourself can be equally dangerous, and it can spread it further into your house. Let the pros in green take care of it.

Storm recovery. When hurricanes roll through or heavy thunderstorms cause trouble, we’ve got Tallahassee residents covered. From minor damage to full restoration, we do it all.

Commercial needs. Tallahassee businesses need love, too—and we provide them with expert care when it comes to all these needs, and then some. We can even set up a custom cleaning regimen and a disaster recovery plan for local business.

General cleaning. Maybe your home isn’t damaged, but it could use a deep-cleaning—trust us when we say nobody does it like SERVPRO. You won’t believe your carpet, drapes and other surfaces when we get done.

Specialty cleaning. We help first responders clean up crime scenes and vandalism incidents, we restore damaged documents, and so much more. If it can get dirty, sour or dilapidated, we can make it look like new again.

Construction. Sometimes a storm or fire takes a serious bite out of your building, and even then, SERVPRO can be your one-call solution. From framing to repainting, we handle it all.

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 to get the job done.

 

The Building Blocks of Every Fire | SERVPRO® of Tallahassee

1/24/2022 (Permalink)

Sometimes all it takes to help a complicated concept make sense is a simple visual aid. That’s the case with fire—though the intricacies of fire can’t be explained in a moment’s time, there’s a visual aid that succinctly explains the origins of every fire.

Fire scientists call it the fire tetrahedron, and its four equal, triangular sides represent the four equal parts that comprise the start and proliferation of every fire, ever.

No, really—every fire boils down to these four elements, and every fire can be combatted by removing any one of them.

The 4 Things a Fire Needs to Live

Fuel. If you’ve ever eaten food (and it seems pretty likely you have), then you can understand the concept of a fire’s fuel needs. For every fire to begin, there has to be a fuel source for the fire to consume.

Heat. Any potential fuel source has to be flammable, as a matter of course. And any flammable material has to be hot enough to ignite before a fire can occur.

Oxygen. In a similar way, a fire also needs oxygen to survive. The oxygen in the air around a fire feeds the process of oxidation necessary for combustion to begin and repeat.

Chemical Chain Reaction. All these things combine together in a chain reaction which, like objects in Newton’s third law, continues until acted upon by an outside force. What might those forces be? Let’s take a gander.

The 4 Ways to Stop a Fire

Cool it. If a fire breaks out in your yard from an errant spark from the fall fire pit, you could wait for winter to cool the air down enough to restore thermal balance between the fire and the fuel…or you could simply dump a bucket of water on it.

Smother it. You know how those little ladybug fireworks are supposed to spin really fast and take off into the sky, but sometimes they only sit there and burn? When you instinctively stamp those things out, you’re actually smothering the fire by cutting off its air supply.

Starve it. The same thing that happens to people who don’t intake calories happens to fires that can’t intake fuel—they weaken, then stop.

Interrupt the chain reaction. These fires are working hard to maintain their reactive cycles, but certain gases have been developed, which, when introduced to the atmosphere around a fire, are able to remove links from the chain reaction and stop the catalytic motion. These are particularly helpful with electrical fires, for which water is unsafe as a coolant.

If the fire tetrahedron makes a wreck of your home or business, we’re ready around the clock to help you recov

Sometimes all it takes to help a complicated concept make sense is a simple visual aid. That’s the case with fire—though the intricacies of fire can’t be explained in a moment’s time, there’s a visual aid that succinctly explains the origins of every fire.

Fire scientists call it the fire tetrahedron, and its four equal, triangular sides represent the four equal parts that comprise the start and proliferation of every fire, ever.

No, really—every fire boils down to these four elements, and every fire can be combatted by removing any one of them.

The 4 Things a Fire Needs to Live

Fuel. If you’ve ever eaten food (and it seems pretty likely you have), then you can understand the concept of a fire’s fuel needs. For every fire to begin, there has to be a fuel source for the fire to consume.

Heat. Any potential fuel source has to be flammable, as a matter of course. And any flammable material has to be hot enough to ignite before a fire can occur.

Oxygen. In a similar way, a fire also needs oxygen to survive. The oxygen in the air around a fire feeds the process of oxidation necessary for combustion to begin and repeat.

Chemical Chain Reaction. All these things combine together in a chain reaction which, like objects in Newton’s third law, continues until acted upon by an outside force. What might those forces be? Let’s take a gander.

The 4 Ways to Stop a Fire

Cool it. If a fire breaks out in your yard from an errant spark from the fall fire pit, you could wait for winter to cool the air down enough to restore thermal balance between the fire and the fuel…or you could simply dump a bucket of water on it.

Smother it. You know how those little ladybug fireworks are supposed to spin really fast and take off into the sky, but sometimes they only sit there and burn? When you instinctively stamp those things out, you’re actually smothering the fire by cutting off its air supply.

Starve it. The same thing that happens to people who don’t intake calories happens to fires that can’t intake fuel—they weaken, then stop.

Interrupt the chain reaction. These fires are working hard to maintain their reactive cycles, but certain gases have been developed, which, when introduced to the atmosphere around a fire, are able to remove links from the chain reaction and stop the catalytic motion. These are particularly helpful with electrical fires, for which water is unsafe as a coolant.

If the fire tetrahedron makes a wreck of your home or business, we’re ready around the clock to help you recover.

Fast Action Is a Priority

12/20/2021 (Permalink)

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In the 21st century, there may be nothing we as a society have less patience for than waiting. With all-knowing satellites with high-speed internet access in the palms of so many hands, it’s no wonder we’ve grown a little impatient.

Waiting can be a necessary thing, even an important one in some cases. But when you have sudden, acute damage in your home due to a water issue, a fire or a weather event, one thing you certainly do not want to do is wait—not only because it’s inconvenient, but because being made to wait for service can add more damage to what’s already happening.

That’s why at SERVPRO we make sure you can always get the help you need—by providing all-hours emergency service, 365 days a year. We know your emergencies don’t keep office hours, and they don’t wait for a convenient Monday start date. So we make ourselves available at all times.

Having to wait can cost you, and here’s how.

After a fire. The flames come in and do their thing, but that’s not the end of the issue. Once the flames are cleared out, your home takes extended damage from soot and smoke, which instantly go to work staining and ruining carpets, walls, ceilings and possessions.

Left to sit for only a few hours, the work of soot and smoke becomes irreversible, and the only option for getting rid of them is total replacement of the affected surfaces.

After water damage. Waiting to clean up water damage will result in further damage to soaked surfaces, drywall and furniture, but that’s not its most potent threat. Only 48 hours after water invades, mold starts growing in moistened areas, unless the water is removed and the resulting humidity and moisture properly dealt with.

Furthermore, the damage from natural disasters, storms and freak weather events can be both sudden and catastrophic, and having access to quick service can prevent things from worsening or having damaging effects become permanent.

When disaster strikes, you can’t wait. SERVPRO’s 24-hour service makes fast action a reality.

When you need help after a home or business disaster, fast service is a priority, and there’s nobody faster or more prepared than SERVPRO. Call us anytime to take advantage of our 24-hour emergency service.

The Numbers Don’t Lie About Water Damage

12/16/2021 (Permalink)

Leaking Sink Leaking Sink creates damage to vanity

Remember that movie from a couple of years ago where there was a big purple guy with a massive chin, and he was going to destroy half of everything? Then there was a team of heroes who fought to stop him and his destructive, “inevitable” plan? Well, you may not have realized it at the time, but that movie was less a story about good and evil and more a story about the struggle going on even now in your home against the prospect of water damage.

Just ask the directors and they’ll tell you. No way we would make something like that up.

The heroes are the plumbing system in your home, and the “inevitable” foe? You guessed it; that’s water, looking for any and every opportunity to break the bonds of your pipes and wreak havoc on your floors and foundation.

All jokes aside, the most seemingly unstoppable disaster you face as a homeowner is water damage. It’s one of the most likely insurance claims you’re likely to make.

That’s why it’s so important to keep your heroic team of pipes and sewer lines well-equipped and maintained—so that they can fight the good fight against this destructive foe.

Let’s examine your predicament.

24. This is the percentage of all home insurance claims that are based around water damage—almost a fourth of all claims. Out of every 50 homeowners in the country, one of them will file a water claim each year.

48. You have this many hours, if that, to stop mold growth after a water event.

98. This is the percentage of homes with basements that will experience water damage in them at some point. There’s almost no avoiding this one, short of lucking out and moving repeatedly at just the right time.

10,234. The average water damage claim costs this many dollars. Water damage can happen quickly, and on a massive scale.

14,000. This is the number of U.S. citizens who are hit by a water damage event each day. That means something is happening every six seconds around the country.

13,000,000,000. That’s a lot of zeroes, and it represents the gigantic costs of water damage repair each year in the United States alone.

So is there hope, or is water damage indeed inevitable? The good news is that your attention to regular maintenance and fixing leaks is directly proportional to your ability to prevent many types of water damage. So stay the course.

If water damage catches you off-guard and leaves you all wet, you’ve got help on your side. Contact SERVPRO to see how we can quickly and fully restore water damage to your home or business.

What sets a company apart from the rest?

11/18/2021 (Permalink)

Tom Horner Owner Tom Horner

Longevity of ownership SERVPRO of Tallahassee has been owned by two brothers for almost 40 years. Mark and Tommy Horner have long ties to the community and make a point to promote the integrity of how they conduct business in the Big Bend region.   Work Ethic The SERVPRO of Tallahassee franchise was built on being the most responsive emergency restoration firm in the market. We understand the urgency and we know how to mitigate your loss . We understand the stress and are compassionate to the situation that the customer is enduring. When you call SERVPRO of Tallahassee, we respond and we respond with action.   Experience and Knowledge SERVPRO of Tallahassee has a core leadership team with over a 140 years of experience . Ownership, the operations and production manager are still hands on in making sure that your losses are handled as expected.   Every Customer is important. SERVPRO of Tallahassee has handled some of the largest and most complex losses in the Downtown business and government metroplex and we have helped folks in every neighborhood making up our part of the state.