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Are You Prepared For National Preparedness Month?

October is National Preparedness Month. In our industry, we know the terrible consequences that come with not being prepared for a disaster or emergency. Whether you are responsible for decision-making in your home or business, take some time now to think about what you are going to do if (or more likely, when) a disaster happens. Doing this now means a quicker and less expensive recovery later.

What kinds of situations should you be prepared for? The issues we see arise most often are fires, floods, and storm damage. Take a minute right now to answer the following questions:

1. When is the last time you reviewed your insurance policy? Do you know what coverage you have in regards to fires, floods, or damage from storms or “acts of God?”

2. Do you have the recommended number of fire extinguishers in your home or business and if so, when is the last time they’ve been replaced or serviced?

3. Do you have an evacuation plan in case of a fire? Do your employees or family members know where they should go in the case of severe weather? If you own a business, do you have this information posted in an area where everyone can access it?

4. Do you have a restoration company on call in case of an emergency?

If you were unable to answer any of these questions, it is time to create an emergency preparedness plan and make sure everyone knows what to do and what their role is in case a disaster strikes. If you don’t have a restoration company on call, be sure to write down our number somewhere where you can find it, or go ahead and store it in your phone right now. Our number is 866-439-9318 and we answer your call 24/7 because we know when something happens to your home or business, you don’t care about “normal business hours.”

The Real Dangers Of Neglected Water Damage

When it comes to water damage in the home or business, we’ve seen it all. Trust us, some of the scariest and most dangerous situations haven’t come from major floods. Here in Wisconsin, a lot of times water damage is caused by excessive rain, or more likely, melting snow. However, excess water can also come from malfunctioning appliances or plumbing as well.

You’d be surprised just how dangerous water damage can be. It’s so important to stay vigilant when it comes to repairing damage immediately, if not for the integrity of the building, for the health of you, your family, and your co-workers. The most obvious health risk is mold. Mold will start to accumulate immediately, and it will lead to all kinds of problems for those who are exposed to it, including allergy and asthma symptoms and respiratory illness.

Aside from these very serious health risks, water damage can also cause tremendous damage to your property. Even materials like cement and metal aren’t impervious to water. Drywall and wood even less so. Damage to these structural elements can cause swelling, bowing, and weakness which is something you will want to correct immediately. If the water comes in contact with electrical outlets in the home, this creates an obvious fire and shock hazard. The sooner this is addressed, the better.

Don’t end up with a condemned home or business, or even worse, health complications due to water damage. Call a restoration company like us to come and address the situation swiftly and effectively. We’re also on call 24/7 to handle emergencies and we always provide you with a clear estimate before moving forward with any restoration services. You can count on us!