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Are you Prepared for a power outage?

5/19/2016 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Are you Prepared for a power outage? Ready KIt

You may need to survive on your own after an emergency. This means having your own food, water and other supplies in sufficient quantity to last for at least 72 hours. Local officials and relief workers will be on the scene after a disaster but they cannot reach everyone immediately. You could get help in hours or it might take days. Depending on the nature of the disaster road conditions may prevent help from arriving in a timely manner. 

Additionally, basic services such as electricity, gas, water, sewage treatment and telephones may be cut off for days or even a week, or longer. Your supplies kit should contain items to help you manage during these outages.  If the power goes out keep your pipes from freezing by shutting off the valve that allows water to come into your home. Then, open any drain valves and all faucets and let them run until the pipes are empty (it's helpful to identify these valves in advance). Next, flush all toilets and pour denatured alcohol into toilets and sinks to prevent water in the traps from freezing. Do NOT use automotive antifreeze in case there's trouble with your water system; you don't want the antifreeze to contaminate your drinking water. You may, however, use nontoxic antifreeze that's made for winterizing motor homes.

Be prepared for a power outage by keeping necessary items centrally located in your home. Take the time to ensure that everyone in your family is aware of the "kit." Periodically check your kit to see that batteries operate properly. The following is a list of items that are suggested to keep on hand:

1.     Flashlights for each family member

2.     Battery-operated radio and clock

3.     Extra batteries

4.     Containers of bottled water

5.     Canned, freeze-dried or dehydrated food, powdered milk, baby supplies for infants

6.     Non-electric can opener

7.     List of important phone numbers

8.     First-aid kit

Following a disaster, there may be power outages that could last for several days. Stock canned foods, dry mixes and other staples that do not require refrigeration, cooking, water or special preparation. Be sure to include a manual can opener and eating utensils. The following items are suggested when selecting emergency food supplies. You may already have many of these on hand.

•Store at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food.

•Choose foods your family will eat.

•Remember any special dietary needs.

•Avoid foods that will make you thirsty.

•Choose salt-free crackers, whole grain cereals and canned foods with high liquid content.

•Ready-to-eat canned meats, fruits, vegetables and a can opener

•Protein or fruit bars

•Dry cereal or granola

•Peanut butter

•Dried fruit

•Nuts

•Crackers

•Canned juices

•Non-perishable pasteurized milk

•High energy foods

•Vitamins

•Food for infants

•Comfort/stress foods

These and many other helpful tips are available at ready.gov Here is the link to winter tips for before during and after a winter storm http://www.ready.gov/winter-weather When winter weather strikes the Winston Salem area knowing what to do until SERVPRO of NE San Jose arrives will make a difference.  Call us directly at 408-834-7663

Tips for Dealing with Fire Damage in Your San Jose Commercial Property

5/10/2016 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Tips for Dealing with Fire Damage in Your San Jose Commercial Property Commercial Fire Damage

After the Fire: Tips for Dealing with Fire Damage in Your Commercial Property  

San Jose commercial fire and smoke damage can cause severe destruction to the structure of the building. Because this loss is so overwhelming, it can also be mentally traumatic in its after effects. Restoring your property to its previous condition may seem like an impossible feat to tackle. However, with a fire restoration company such as SERVPRO, their knowledge and experience can help get your building looking its best.

Fire and smoke damage can be caused by a number of reasons. One of the most prominent forms of San Jose commercial fire damage begins with a strike of lightening. This electrifying bolt can hit a building during a storm and set it ablaze. Faulty electrical wiring is another cause of commercial damage that can wreak havoc with a property. However, it usually happens in older buildings where the materials have seen significant wear and tear. Since people can forget to turn off an electric appliance, human error is also high on the list as a common factor in fires. The damage caused by smoke and fire damage can lead to significant loss and disrepair. That’s why it’s critical to find a trusted restoration company such as SERVPRO. From immediately after the fire through the recovery process, you’ll feel comforted knowing that they’ll work diligently to clean and restore your property to its pre-fire state.

Your One-Stop Shop for Smoke and Fire Restoration
We recognize the physical and emotional stress that comes with San Jose commercial fire damage. Our team of experts empathizes with the property owners who are in the midst of a crisis, and we will guide you every step of the way. From structural repairs and content restoration to soot cleaning and odor control, you can count on our services. We also have a host of licensed contractors who will be able to aid you in the fire damage restoration process.

We are one of the leading fire damage restoration facilities in the Unites States, and we take pride in our work. We respond to a variety of disasters that include:
    •    Portable space heaters
    •    Arson
    •    Cooking
    •    Electrical issues such as exposed wiring, blow fuses, and electrical shorts
    •    Lightning Strikes
    •    Candles, cigarettes, and matches

SERVPRO has a restore versus replace mentality that is highly respected, and we come with over 48 years of experience. Since we have a thorough understanding how the contents of your business react to fire, smoke and heat, we’ll be able to set it right with as little disruption and inconvenience as possible. Our expertise also secures your property from any further commercial fire damage.

Locally Owned Company with National Resources

We live and work in this community too; we might even be neighbors. As a locally owned and operated business, SERVPRO of San Jose is close by and ready to respond to your smoke or fire damage emergency. We are proud to be an active member of the San Jose community and want to do our part to make our community the best it can be. 

We are here in San Jose and are ready to help you. Just call us. (408) 834-7663