Flooding is a Real Threat!
Area flooding is a real threat!
We at SERVPRO® of Springfield would like to take a moment to talk about flooding. Floods are the single most deadly natural disaster in the United States. They are indiscriminate and occur in every state and territory. More dramatic flooding occurs in densely populated areas as construction of buildings, driveways, and roadways create runoff. The water is unable to seep into the ground and as a result can surge through properties without hesitation. Underpasses, underground parking garages and basements can become danger zones very quickly during a flood event.
This does not mean that rural areas are safe from the dangers of flooding. Very intense or prolonged rains in these areas can saturate the soil causing flash floods. Mountains and steep hills can produce heavy rain runoff that can lead to flooding. And embankments along rivers and streams can overflow. Always be sure to keep an eye and ear out for warnings when rains become heavy.
Terms to look out for:
FLASH FLOOD or FLOOD WATCH:
Flash flooding or flooding is possible within the designated watch area - be alert.
FLASH FLOOD or FLOOD WARNING:
Flash flooding or flooding has been reported or is imminent - take necessary precautions at once! Get to higher ground!
URBAN and SMALL STREAM ADVISORY:
Flooding of small streams, streets and low-lying areas, such as railroad underpasses and urban storm drains is occurring.
FLASH FLOOD or FLOOD STATEMENT:
Follow-up information regarding a flash flood/flood event.
If a flood does occur, stay safe! Remember that SERVPRO® of Springfield is here to help with the clean up process. Call us at 217-528-7775 24/7.
Gasoline Fire Awareness with SERVPRO® of Springfield
Remember Fire Safety Starts with You!
With all of this beautiful summer weather, we seem to be mowing our grass a couple times a week at the SERVPRO® of Springfield office. As such we thought we would share some gasoline safety tips to help keep you and your family safe. Remember that fire safety starts with YOU!
- Do not use or store gasoline near possible ignition sources
- Never use gasoline inside the home or as a cleaning agent
- Do not smoke when handling gasoline
- Only fill portable containers outdoors. Place the container on the ground before filling and never fill containers inside a vehicle or in the bed of a pick-up truck
- Clean up spills promptly and discard clean-up materials properly
- Always store gasoline outside of the home in an approved container
If you do experience a fire, call SERVPRO® of Springfield at 217-528-7775 to help with the clean up.
Firework Safety with SERVPRO® of Springfield
Safety starts with YOU!
SERVPRO® of Springfield would like to remind you to stay safe over the holiday week. While fireworks can be fun they can also be unpredictable and dangerous. “Fireworks start an average of 18,500 fires per year, including 1,300 structure fires, 300 vehicle fires, and 16,900 outside and other fires. These fires caused an average of three deaths, 40 civilian injuries, and an average of $43 million in direct property damage.” We have to work together to keep our homes and neighborhoods safe. Fire safety starts with each of us. Remember to pay attention to local fireworks ordinances and warnings.
If you happen to experience a fire damage, remember to call SERVPRO® of Springfield at 217-528-7775. We are Here to Help®.
Smoke Alarm Safety with SERVPRO® of Springfield
Monthly tests take just a few moments!
SERVPRO® of Springfield would like to remind everyone to check their smoke alarms. Smoke alarms are an important part of emergency planning and can make a significant difference in reaction time. Placing smoke alarms on ceilings or high on the wall in each level of the home and in every sleeping area will help protect your home and loved ones. In order to ensure the smoke alarms in your home or business are maintained and working appropriately they should be tested once a month by pushing the “test” button. If the alarm is over ten years old, it should be replaced. Small actions now can have a big impact later on.
SERVPRO® of Springfield is here to help clean up and repair the damage that can come from business and residential fires. Let us help make it “Like it never even happened.” Call us 24/7 at 217-528-7775.
Let SERVPRO® of Springfield Handle that Mess
Call your local SERVPRO® of Springfield team!
Did you know SERVPRO® of Springfield specializes in black water damage? Black water damage is a water damage situation that can go from bad to worse when you try to clean it up on your own. Especially when the damage comes from a toilet overflow, sewer back up or other black water source as the water can contain harmful bacteria. Black water is water loaded with feces, grease, pharmaceuticals, and/or food chunks. Extended exposure to black water can lead to infections and illness that can become life threatening over time. These types of damages should be left to the local professionals at SERVPRO® of Springfield as specialized training and equipment are required to clean away black water and black water damage in order to avoid health consequences.
If you experience a black water damage in your home or office, please call the professionals. SERVPRO® of Springfield is here to help 24/7 at 217-528-7775.
Avoid a Moldy Bathroom with Tips from SERVPRO® of Springfield
Mold damage can be prevented!
SERVPRO® of Springfield is ready to help you be proactive in the battle against mold. Did you know that the bathroom is one of the most common indoor areas for mold growth? The lingering moisture created by showers and baths can leave behind mold that can leave you feeling less than clean.
Below are a few simple steps to prevent mold in your bathroom:
- Properly ventilate your bathroom. If you have a fan, make sure it is on or open a window while you shower or take a bath.
- After you are finished, allow the fan to run for at least 30 minutes to allow air to circulate.
- Use mildew-resistant shower and window curtains.
- Wipe down your shower after use to remove any lingering moisture.
- Once a month, wash your shower curtain.
- Remove damp laundry from the floor
- If you notice any leaks, get them repaired ASAP.
If you suspect mold in your bathroom or any other room of your home, call SERVPRO® of Springfield at 217-528-7775. We are here to help 24/7.
SERVPRO® of Springfield is Here to Help Your Business in an Emergency!
We are ready to help you get back up and running!
When disaster strikes at your business you need service fast. We at SERVPRO® of Springfield know that being closed unexpectedly can effect your business drastically. Customers expect consistency! SERVPRO® of Springfield is committed to getting you back to business after a disaster strikes. We are Here To Help®. If your business suffers a disaster even at 2 am, we are here for you. Your call will be answered by a real person and we are able to dispatch crews to you immediately. SERVPRO® of Springfield has been helping business owners and managers just like you for over 30 years. We will work with you to make sure your business stays open and your customers are taken care of.
If disaster should ever strike make sure to call us at 217-528-7775.
Clogged Gutters Equals Water Damage for Springfield, IL Homes
All sorts of items can clog a gutter!
SERVPRO® of Springfield would like to remind everyone that being proactive is the best way to prevent damage. And even though it is one of the more time consuming chores, keeping the gutters around your home in good shape can greatly reduce the chances of a water damage disaster.
- Clogged gutters can result in basement flooding, roof damage, erosion and foundation damage. Regularly check and clear the gutter system around your home to ensure there are no problems.
- Fixing loose gutters can also mitigate damage. Loose gutters will allow water to flow along the roof which can affect siding, doors, windows and foundation.
- Splash blocks are important as they direct the water away from the home. Without a splash block the water can build up around the foundation of the home and cause flooding and mildew.
Hopefully, by checking out the gutter system in your home you will be able to stop disaster before it begins. But if, by chance, something does happen, SERVPRO® of Springfield’s water damage technicians are here to help 24/7. Call us at 217-528-7775
Emergency Ready Profile with SERVPRO® of Springfield
50% of businesses will not reopen after a disaster strikes!
Many workplaces always call's on the boss or the maintenance man when something goes wrong. What if they were home sick, or in a meeting and you need to locate the water shut off, where do you start?
SERVPRO® of Springfield can help commercial property in planning for a water, fire, storm damage. How, with a free Emergency Response Profile created by the SERVPRO® Marketing Department.
By having a plan of action and including it into your regular training at your office you can minimize the cost if an unplanned event happens like a frozen pipe, fire, or anything.
Some property manager use this as a tool to keep everything organized in one central location.
Is your business ready for a disaster. Even a simple pipe burst can cause a lot of damage and headache. With a SERVPRO® Emergency READY Profile it can have the critical information to minimize damages, provide the resources for the employee's of the company, and provide property details and information. This is a FREE services that we provide to commercial properties.
Make an appointment today to get started!
If the unthinkable happens, call your local SERVPRO® of Springfield Professionals at 217-528-7775 seven days a week 24/7 to help you avoid the cost and hassle of secondary damages. We will help make it "Like it never even happened."
Grill Safety with SERVPRO® of Springfield
Grill Safety with SERVPRO® of Springfield
As the warmer weather beckons more and more of us outside, SERVPRO® of Springfield would like to remind everyone to keep in mind some general safety information when it comes to those backyard bonfires and BBQ’s.
- Do not use soft wood such as pine or cedar that can pop and throw sparks
- Check wind direction before lighting fires
- Keep flammable liquids away from open flame
- Place the grill away from lawn games and foot traffic
- Keep kids and pets in the “safe-zone” - 3 feet from grills and open flame
Fires can spread quickly when the source isn’t monitored. According to the National Fire Protection Agency outside fireplaces or fire pits caused nearly 3,700 grass and brush fires, the total number of injuries have tripled over the last six years and an average of 8,800 home fires involve grills, hibachis or barbecues each year. Let’s work together to keep our friends and family safe this year.
If disaster does strike your home, we are available 24/7 at 217-528-7775. SERVPRO® of Springfield is ready to help with cleanup. #HeretoHelp
Sources: NFPA’s Fire Analysis & Research Division and www.safekids.org