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SERVPRO® of Chesapeake North Suggests Action Before a Storm Arrives

6/28/2019 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO SERVPRO® of Chesapeake North Suggests Action Before a Storm Arrives Storm Damage Cleanup in Chesapeake

SERVPRO® of Chesapeake North wants Virginia Residents to be Storm Ready

Protect Your Family Before the Storm

As we advance in the hurricane season on the Atlantic coast, SERVPRO® of Chesapeake North encourages everyone to remember the importance of disaster preparedness.  The key to disaster preparedness is having an emergency plan in place before the disaster hits.  Acting with a few simple steps can make the difference in protecting and keeping your family safe and protecting your property from weather related damage.

Stay Informed.  Know your flood zone for your property and your neighborhood and know the evacuation route should your evacuation become necessary.  Listen to your local news and authorities for direction.

Make a Family Emergency Plan.  Disaster may not strike when you and your family are together at home.  Plan now for a meeting place and how you will contact each other.  Visit ready.gov to access a Family Emergency Plan template to help with your planning.

Prepare your property.  You may need to prepare your home for the impact of a storm or hurricane.  Covering all your windows in your home will help to protect it.  Permanent storm shutters offer the best protection for windows; however, the second-best option is to board up the windows with plywood.  Tape will not prevent your windows from breaking.  Trim your trees and bushes that are around your home and clear any debris from rain spouts and gutters.  Secure outdoor furniture, trash receptacles, decorations and anything else not secured and can become projectile. 

Establish a SERVPRO® Emergency READY Profile for Your Business.  SERVPRO® developed the SERVPRO® Emergency READY Program to help business owners create an Emergency READY Profile® (ERP) for their facility, at no charge.  The business owner works  with us to compartmentalize relevant building and emergency contact info to access when an emergency strikes.

SERVPRO® Employees Pay It Forward

5/29/2019 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO SERVPRO® Employees Pay It Forward SERVPRO® of Chesapeake North Pays It Forward

When the call comes through to us on any day and at any time, our crew acts to help you get through your crisis.  Your local SERVPRO® of Chesapeake North wants the community to know that they can depend on them for emergencies and for community support. 

Our company and employees help to pay it forward with an annual event of collecting items such as clothing and personal hygiene for men, women, and children, non-perishable food, toys, books and blankets that begins in the summertime.  These items are donated, boxed and labeled by our crew to be set aside and delivered to five (5) local charities in November, just in time for the holidays and the cold weather. 

The charities we have helped to support in the past have been Blankets for the Homeless, Chesapeake Humane Society, Food Bank of Southeastern Virginia, Children's Crisis Center of Hampton Roads, and The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.

Spotlight on Flood Insurance

5/13/2019 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO Spotlight on Flood Insurance Flood Damage Cleanup in Chesapeake

No one plans to become a hurricane victim, and no one should have to learn the hard way either that homeowner’s or renter’s insurance does not cover flood damage.

After Hurricane Matthew in 2016, Chesapeake’s Deputy coordinator of Emergency Management, Robb Braidwood said “If you live in Chesapeake, you should have flood insurance.”  “The highest point in the city is in a swamp.”

Recent flood insurance updates from the Insurance Information Institute say that on March 18, 2019, the Trump administration announced plans to reform the National Flood Insurance Program.  The program would begin to assess properties individually using variables like one’s proximity to large bodies of water, hurricane rainfall, coastal surges rather than the current applying a single formula for an entire flood zone.  Since higher valued properties are more likely to hit the $250,000 insurance cap, lower valued homes are paying proportionately more than higher valued homes.  The new reform would change this process and drive flood risk into the private reinsurance and risk markets.  According to the Institute FEMA will announce the new rates on April 1, 2020 and will implement the new system on October 1, 2020.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) offers disaster grants that do not have to be paid back, but this amount is often much less than what is needed to recover.  According to the Property Casualty Insurers Association of America, if you have flood damage, and do not have flood insurance, there could be resources available to help you through the FEMA.  For info go to www.fema.gov.

If you suffer flood damage in Chesapeake, call your local SERVPRO® of Chesapeake North at 757-465-9700.

Does Your Business Have a Contingency Plan?

4/23/2019 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO Does Your Business Have a Contingency Plan? Allow Us To Help With Your Contingency Plan

Planning is important for every aspect of life.  Contingency plans are backup plans that businesses activate only when a disaster or unforeseen situation disrupts the operations of the company or puts employees at risk.

Hurricane season officially begins June 1, 2019.  Our mobile app is a no-cost readiness plan that places your emergency plan data on your mobile device for quick access during an emergency.  Download the Free App Here

The SERVPRO® Emergency Ready Plan is a tool for property managers and owners, both residential and commercial.  This ERP will enhance your current contingency plan or help to establish one. 

By developing a SERVPRO® Emergency READY Profile, 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 timely mitigation and can help minimize how water and fire damage can affect your business.

Commercial Storm Damage Restoration in Chesapeake.

Storms and inclement weather can bring wind damage, heavy rain, and flooding that can devastate any business in a matter of minutes. 

Every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when an emergency situation arises at your business, call your local SERVPRO® and we’ll be there fast with the help you need.

Get more information with a Complimentary Business Assessment? Call Us Today 757-465-9700.

Let SERVPRO Remove the Water From Your Chesapeake Home

3/15/2019 (Permalink)

When water invades your Chesapeake home, quick action needs to be taken in order to get matters under control and your life back to normal.  When water is left to soak into and remain, the greater the water damage and the repair.

SERVPRO of Chesapeake North handles water damage with an inventory of equipment with large and powerful pumps that we can submerge enabling a quicker extraction of the floodwater.  Our machinery will raise the interior temperature so that evaporation happens at a precise rate.

Our trained technicians and supervisors determine the best drying method to utilize to maintain the quality of the water damaged area and product.  For instance if a wooden floor is dried out too quickly or with extreme temperatures, the floor can be ruined.  Our motto is to restore, not replace.  This is beneficial to not only the homeowner but to your insurance company too as it helps to save money.  

After the extractor has removed the water, smaller hand-held equipment is used to remove the remaining water found in crevices and baseboards.  Once the water has been removed, the drying process begins for the remaining surface dampness and porous household items with the use of our desiccant machines and air movers.  An Air Scrubber, our portable filtration system can be used to help clean the air of any contaminants such as dust, gasses, or chemicals in any area.

When your Chesapeake home floods, call us your local SERVPRO at 757-465-9700 24/7.  We will help get your life back to normal and help make it "Like it never even happened."