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Emergency Supplies Your Cheatham County Business Should Have on Hand

8/30/2019 (Permalink)

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7 Emergency Supplies Your Cheatham County Business Should Have on Hand

Is your Cheatham County business prepared for an emergency situation? Inclement weather situations and power outages can give little to no warning, which is why it is important for your business to have basic emergency supplies on hand in the event they are needed. These 7 necessities are important to ensure your employees safety in case of emergency.

Food-

Having a 3-4 day supply of non-perishable food items for each employee is important. Stocking up on items such as salt-free crackers, canned foods with high liquid content, protein bars, peanut butter and dried fruit is a great way to ensure that your employees will be taken care of.

Water-

In addition to non-perishable food items, it is important to have a minimum 3 day supply of emergency water per person. You can go about purchasing the water in different ways depending on the amount of usable space you have for storage. The most common methods are cases, gallon jugs or 55-gallon storage barrels. All of these can be used for drinking and sanitation purposes when necessary.

Radios-

Radios are useful to keep you updated on current weather patterns, evacuation notices and much more. Keeping a few AM/FM radios on hand will keep you abreast to any important information during an emergency. We recommend solar powered radios or battery powered radios for this purpose. If you choose to stock your supplies with battery powered radios, try and save battery power whenever possible.

Protection From Elements-

During inclement weather if your building sustains damage that deems it unsafe to occupy, all employees may need to evacuate the premises. Having weather appropriate gear such as, ponchos, gloves, thermal blankets and a canopy shelter is key in making sure that all employees are safe.

Emergency Lights-

The Electricity can go out for any amount of time during inclement weather or emergency situation. Emergency lighting is essential for your employees to navigate the facility in a safe manner. Battery powered flashlights are great short term lighting, but it is best to also have solar powered or hand cranked flashlights for long term use. We also recommend keeping candles and waterproof matches.

First Aid Kit-

A basic first aid kit with bandages, gauze, adhesive tape and other useful items will be a tremendous help in the event one of your employees is injured. Keeping 2-3 of these stocked and in easily accessible locations is best practice.

Sanitation Supplies-

During a disaster or emergency situation, a sanitary water source and plumbing will more than likely be unavailable. To ensure the well being of employees and to keep things sanitary, you should have emergency sanitation supplies available. Common sanitation items are, hand sanitizers, individual packs of tissue and quality cleaning chemicals.

Having an emergency kit during times of crisis will hopefully keep you and your staff safe. Be sure to print this when putting together your Emergency Kit. In the meantime, be sure that you have a vetted vendor for times of emergencies. Call SERVPRO® of Cheatham, Robertson and Dickson Counties at (615) 672-1905. We are always here to help.

Flooding Can Happen Anywhere

6/21/2019 (Permalink)

According to the National Weather Service (NOAA), “Approximately seventy-five percent of all Presidential disaster declarations are associated with flooding.” NOOA lists the most common flood hazards in the United States as:

  • Flash Flooding
  • River Flooding
  • Storm Surge and Coastal Inundation from Tropical and Non-Tropical Systems
  • Burn Scars/Debris Flows (Caused by Wildfires)
  • Ice/Debris Jams
  • Snowmelt
  • Dry Wash (Caused by heavy rainfall in dry areas)
  • Dam Breaks/Levee Failure

Just because you haven’t experienced a flood doesn’t mean you won’t in the future. In fact, 20% of all claims paid by the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) were for policies in low-risk communities. On average, floods cost $3.5 billion in annual losses in the U.S., and commercial flood claims average more than $75,000 (NFIP).

When catastrophic water damage happens to you, SERVPRO® of Cheatham, Robertson and Dickson Counties can help.

Is Your Cheatham, Robertson or Dickson County Business Prepared If Disaster Strikes?

5/24/2019 (Permalink)

As many as 50% of businesses close down following a disaster, according to the latest research.

Of the businesses that survive, the overwhelming majority of them had a preparedness plan in place. Pre-planning can serve as an insurance policy aimed at peace of mind. And knowing you are “Ready for whatever happens” speaks trust to your clients and employees that in the event your business is affected by a disaster, they don’t necessarily have to be.

By developing a SERVPRO® Emergency READY Profile® for your business, 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 can affect your business.

The SERVPRO® Emergency READY Profile® is a start of approach that provides the critical information needed to begin mitigation and recovery services. It is designed to serve as a quick reference of important building and contact information. By working with SERVPRO® of Cheatham, Robertson and Dickson Counties to create your SERVPRO® Emergency READY Profile®, your business can receive the benefit of over 45 years of experience in reducing the impact of any natural or man-made disaster. SERVPRO® of Cheatham, Robertson and Dickson Counties is a leader in water and fire damage response and can help you quickly get your property back in working order.

Call our office today at 615-672-1905 to schedule your free facility assessment.

Are you ready to sell more houses in Cheatham, Robertson and Dickson Counties?

5/10/2019 (Permalink)

It is a fact: A clean, fresh smelling home sells faster.

Unfortunately, not all home are maintained in the same way. Nearly all realtors are faced, at some point, with a difficult listing to show.

Veteran realtors encourage their clients to keep their home in top condition for very important reasons:

  • Increased market value
  • Reduced list to sale conversion times
  • Enhanced reputation for quality listings and quick sales

SERVPRO® of Cheatham, Robertson and Dickson Counties offer a variety of services to help revive your listings to top show condition:

  • Carpet, Upholstery, Drapery and Blind Cleaning
  • Ceiling, Wall and Hard Floor Cleaning
  • Deodorization
  • Duct and HVAC Cleaning
  • Mold Mitigation and Remediation

If you are currently working with clients in Cheatham, Robertson and Dickson Counties and are in need of services, call our office today at 615-672-1905.

Is Your Cheatham, Robertson or Dickson County Home Prepared With An Emergency Kit?

4/26/2019 (Permalink)

If disaster strikes will you be ready?

It is important to prepare before a disaster occurs; one way to do that is by building a basic emergency kit. The following items are recommended for your Cheatham, Robertson and Dickson County home emergency kit.

  • Water, one gallon per person per day
  • Food, 3-day supply of non-perishable food items
  • Manual can opener
  • Battery operated radio, preferably an NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert and extra batteries
  • Flashlight and extra batteries
  • First Aid Kit
  • Whistle to signal for help
  • Clothing, 3-day supply per person
  • Dust masks or bandannas
  • Plastic sheeting, garbage bags and duct tape

Don’t be ill prepared if disaster strikes at your Cheatham, Robertson or Dickson County home. Collect the above items and have your emergency kit ready in the instance that you need to use it. If you find yourself with damage from storms call SERVPRO® of Cheatham, Robertson and Dickson Counties we are here to help.

Remember these emergency Do’s and Don’ts if you ever have a water damage in your Cheatham, Robertson or Dickson County home.

4/12/2019 (Permalink)

Taking proper action and following these steps until SERVPRO® of Cheatham, Robertson and Dickson Counties can arrive will help to reduce damage and increase the chances of successful restoration.

Emergency Water Damage Tips:

  • Shut off the water source if possible or contact a qualified party to stop the water source.
  • Turn off circuit breakers for wet areas of the building when access to the power distribution panel is safe from electrical shock.
  • Remove as much excess water as possible by mopping and blotting.
  • Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting.
  • Move any paintings, art objects, computers, documents and other sensitive valuables to a dry place.
  • Don’t enter affected areas if electrical outlets, switches, circuit breakers or electrical equipment are exposed to water. Always avoid electrical shock hazards.
  • Don’t use your household vacuum cleaner to remove water; this could cause electrical shock o damage to the vacuum cleaner.
  • Don’t turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet or enter rooms where ceiling are sagging from retained water.

If you find yourself with water damage to your Cheatham, Robertson or Dickson County home we are here to help. Call SERVPRO® of Cheatham, Robertson and Dickson Counties today!

Understanding Storm Types In Cheatham, Robertson and Dickson Counties

3/29/2019 (Permalink)

There are several different types of storms that could effect Cheatham, Robertson and Dickson Counties. Storms have proved to result in injuries, deaths and damage to homes, properties and businesses. Below are different types of storms and what they consist of individually.

Thunder Storms -

Heavy rains and heavy winds can cause storm damage and can also result in water damage around Cheatham, Robertson and Dickson Counties. Most property damage from thunderstorms is from hail or wind, but lightning is also possible. Lightning is a major cause of storm and fire damage in the U.S. The NFPA states that between the years of 2007 and 2011, local fire departments responded to an estimated average of 22,600 fires per year that were started by lighting strikes. In addition to the possibility of fires, lightining strikes can be deadly. Data from the National Weather Service shows that between the years of 2008 and 2012, an average of 29 people per year died as a result of lighting strikes.

Hail Storms -

Hail storms often come with thunderstorms. Hail occurs when updrafts in thunderstorms carry raindrops upward into extremely cold areas of the atmosphere where the rain freezes into ice. Hail can cause extensive damage to structures, crops, livestock and vehicles.

Ice Storms -

If a winter storm causes more than a quarter inch of ice on exposed surfaces, the storm is considered an ice storm. Ice build up can pose severe impacts to the residents of Cheatham, Robertson and Dickson Counties. Ice can increase the weight of tree branches up to 30 times and can add 500 pounds of additional weight to power lines. If more than half and inch of ice forms on trees and power lines, widespread damage is expected leaving roads impassable as well as residents without power and damage to homes.

Tornadoes -

The winds from tornadoes wreak havock on whatever they touch. Tordandos are funnels of rapidly spinning air. Winds from tornadoes vary and can top out at 250 miles per hour. Large tornadoes are highly destructive and can clear areas as much as a mile wide and 50 miles long. Tornadoes derive from thunderstoms and are often accompanied by hail.

Blizzards -

A blizzard is a severe snow storm that produces winds in excess of 35 miles per hour and low visibility of less than a quarter mile that last for more than 3 hours. By itself, the heavy snow can cause roof collapse and trees to fall. The combination of wind, snow, and cold is very dangerous.

SERVPRO® of Cheatham, Robertson and Dickson Counties - Office Staff

3/28/2019 (Permalink)

Here at SERVPRO® of Cheatham, Robertson and Dickson County we take pride in helping our customers through a trying time in their lives. From the moment that you call our office to report your damage and schedule services you will be greeted by one of our friendly office staff. Andrea, Becca and Wendy will walk you through the process and obtain information regarding your claim and damage so that we can assist you accordingly. Andrea or Becca will be assigned your file to ensure that all documentation and information is entered correctly and to standard for yourself and your insurance provider.

We want to make the claims process as seamless for our customers as possible. You will feel well taken care of from start to finish when you choose SERVPRO® of Cheatham, Robertson and Dickson County to help with your damage. Call our office today at 615-672-1905, to speak with one of our amazing office staff.

SERVPRO® of Cheatham, Robertson and Dickson Counties - The Beginning

3/28/2019 (Permalink)

Bob and Lori Pospisil began their SERVPRO® franchise journey in 1996 from the comfort of their own home. Bob worked for SERVPRO® Corporate and decided that he wanted to own his own franchise, which began with the purchase of SERVPRO® of Cheatham, Robertson and Dickson County. Through the years they have nurtured the business into what it is today. Since they began in their home, they have purchased another franchise, which was sold in March of 2017 when they purchased SERVPRO® of Sumner County, they have begun the process of selling the franchises to their daughter (Heather Sullins) and her husband (Cody Sullins) along with his twin brother (Cory Sullins), built another building at their current location to provide room for more growth, which they quickly out grew and are in the process of building a new location in the Sumner County area. Although there have been ever evolving changes within the company allowing growth and new opportunities for the Pospisil’s and Sullins, they hold tight to their commitment to continue to serve all of the communities and provide the best service in their areas.

SERVPRO® of Cheatham, Robertson and Dickson Counties - Repairs

3/27/2019 (Permalink)

Did you know that when you have a damage in your Cheatham, Robertson or Dickson County home, mitigation and repairs are two separate estimates and divisions? Did you know that you have a choice in the contractor that you choose to hire? Did you know that not all mitigation companies and/or franchise locations have a repairs division? These are all great questions to ask when choosing your service provider.

Per insurance standards all mitigation and repairs are treated as separate portions of the claims process. Once the materials are dry from water or cleaned and prepped after a fire the repairs process can begin. Although all Sumner County homeowners have an option to choose the contractor of their choice for the repairs portion of the claim, we find that many residents and business owners like the ease of once company completing both services.

SERVPRO® of Cheatham, Robertson and Dickson County has a remarkable repairs division that can complete the repairs process for you. We hold a contractor’s license in the state of Tennessee and have awesome staff that are here to answer any questions that you may have throughout the process. Call our office today at 615-672-1905 for more information regarding our construction division.