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Is Your Business Disaster Ready?

7/13/2021 (Permalink)

Have you stopped to consider whether or not your business is truly ready for whatever happens?

Sure, you may have your shelves stocked and your labels printed with restock orders on the way. But do you have a plan in place for when the unexpected happens and you’re stuck with picking up the pieces?

Disasters are a natural part of life here in north Texas. When you take into account the year, or better yet, the decade, we’ve had so far, it would be wise to consider how your business may be affected when these disasters strike. Whether it’s an unprecedented pandemic, a historic freeze that forced the whole south central region of the United States to come to a screeching halt, or your average thunder, lightning, and hail storms that seem to make a weekly appearance. In this region, anything can happen. 

You may know SERVPRO of South Frisco / The Colony as your go-to disaster restoration company, which we are. But do you also know that we specialize in helping your business get disaster ready as well? One of the ways we enjoy serving our community partners is by creating Emergency Ready Profiles, or ERPs, for their commercial properties. 

When our dedicated, local SERVPRO Representatives meet with local business owners and facility managers, we gather important materials such as building information, utility shut off locations, and key contacts. Not only is this information important as it pertains to the daily tasks of a facility manager, but it’s also pertinent in the event of an emergency or disaster when time is of the essence. 

One of the key benefits in setting up an ERP with our team is having all of your essential property information in one place. In addition to keeping such relevant information organized, your local SERVPRO representative will contact you periodically to update any changes to your profile. 

Becoming disaster-ready is a process and our team is eager to help you get started! To set up your free Emergency Ready Profile, call our office today to speak to one of our representatives and ensure that your business is "Ready for whatever happens", just like SERVPRO. 

Can Your Business Get Through Disasters?

7/8/2021 (Permalink)

Did you know that 50% of businesses that suffer a disaster never recover?

Those are sobering statistics. Oftentimes as business owners, one can be focused on merchandising, services, customer retention, pricing... the list goes on. Disasters are usually not the main concern. After a year like 2020, it can be hard just to stay above water. Especially as statistics indicate that our Frisco and North Texas region is the fastest growing region in the country! And you know what they say, with growth comes growing pains. 

While disasters may not be your top priority, it is ours. Which is why SERVPRO of South Frisco / The Colony is committed to making sure businesses stay up and running even if disaster happens. Our trained and certified technicians are available 24/7/365 days a year, including years like 2020, to handle disasters on commercial properties with the least amount of business interruption possible.

Disasters shouldn’t have the final word when it comes to running your business. And because SERVPRO of South Frisco / The Colony works to restore your business back to preloss condition, they won’t. 

Red, White, & Barbecue

7/2/2021 (Permalink)

Red, White & Barbecue... One of the main ways The Fourth of July is celebrated in America is through fireworks and grilling. Every year thousands are injured by unsafely handling grills. Here at SERVPRO of Birmingham we care about fun and safety: therefore, we are giving you a few do's and don'ts when grilling, that way you can stay safe and grill your favorite meal at the same time.

What TO DO when grilling:

  • Keep your grill at least 10 feet away from your house.
  • Clean your grill regularly, this will decrease the amount of fuel the grill would have if there was ever a fire.
  • Check for gas leaks.
  • Keep decorations like umbrellas or plants away from your grill.
  • Keep a bottle of water near your grill just in case it is ever needed.

What NOT To Do when grilling:

  • Don't turn the gas on when the lid is closed: this causes gas to build up.
  • Never leave a grill unattended.
  • Overload the grill with food.
  • Never use a grill indoors.

Reminders:

  1. Do not panic if an emergency occurs, instead call SERVPRO.
  2. Keep safety always at the forefront of your mind.
  Why SERVPRO?
  • 24-Hour Emergency Service
  • Faster to Any Size Disaster
  • Highly Trained Water Restoration Technicians
  • A Trusted Leader in the Water Restoration Industry
  • Locally Owned and Operated
  • Advanced Water Inspection, Extraction, and Drying Equipment

Team Wilson Leads In The Restoration Industry

6/24/2021 (Permalink)

When you’ve been in the restoration industry for over 26 years, you get a very good sense of what to do in the aftermath of disasters. That’s especially true when you’ve been a leading franchise in one of the most well known restoration companies in the country. That’s the experience and expertise you get when you choose SERVPRO of South Frisco /The Colony, a SERVPRO franchise owned and operated by Team Wilson. 

It’s no secret that ever since our team started restoring homes in 1984, we’ve continued to build on the foundation of excellence, fairness, and mutual respect in which our original owner, David Wilson, had laid. This is the legacy that lives and breathes in each member of our SERVPRO organization today. And it’s this legacy that has consistently placed us in the top ten out of 1700+ franchises for the past 26 years.

As far as the quality of our service, we strive to always turn our customer’s ordeal into a positive experience with our company. We see disasters as an opportunity to serve our communities through our experienced and highly skilled technicians.

When you call on SERVPRO of South Frisco / The Colony for your disaster, you’re not just calling one of the leading brands in the restoration industry, you’re calling on a team that leads within the restoration industry.

Firework Safety Precautions

6/23/2021 (Permalink)

TAKE PROPER PRECAUTIONS BEFORE LIGHTING FIREWORKS! As Memorial Day and the 4th of July approach, make sure you and your family are aware of firework safety! We want the holidays for you and your family to be just as they were meant to be, FUN! Oftentimes, though people handle fireworks in an unsafe manner. I am sure everyone has seen the viral video, "Back up Terry." In this video a man in a wheelchair lights a firework and there is a malfunction with his wheelchair. He can't get away from the firework fast enough, and the fireworks start going off right next to him. And yes, although we thought this video was funny, we need to realize that this could have ended entirely differently and Terry could have been badly injured. DID YOU KNOW? During the holiday months, on average 180 people a day go to the hospital for firework related injuries. We encourage you here at SERVPRO of South Frisco / The Colony to: 

BE PREPARED!

  • Store fireworks away from children
  • Always read the labels and follow directions
  • Keep small children and pets indoors: they are easily frightened
  • Always have water near, in case of an incident

BE RESPONSIBLE!

  • Soak used fireworks in a bucket of water afterwards
  • Dispose of used fireworks and debris properly
  • Never re-light "dud" fireworks
  • Never keep fireworks in your pockets: the friction could set them off

BE SAFE!

  • An adult should always be the one lighting the fireworks
  • Keep matches & lighters away from children
  • Use fireworks outdoors only
  • Do not throw fireworks or hold them in your hand
  • Don't be like "Terry", light firework and move away quickly

BE AWARE!

  • Use only legal fireworks
  • Make sure you are able to set off fireworks (every state is different)
  • Fireworks are prohibited on all state parks, and state or federal forest land
  • The National Fire Protection Association estimates that the local fire department responds to more than 50,000 fires caused by fireworks each year. THEREFORE, DO NOT point fireworks toward homes and keep away from bushes, leaves, and flammable substances.

IF YOU ENCOUNTER A FIRE, SERVPRO CAN HELP!

Have You Considered A Career At SERVPRO?

6/15/2021 (Permalink)

In today’s job market, job seekers are no longer looking for a place where they’ll make a paycheck, they are searching for a place where they’ll make a difference. At SERVPRO of South Frisco / The Colony, our team members do just that on a daily basis. Not matter which role you play in our organization, whether its at the front desk taking calls or on the front lines extracting water, you can be certain that you are fulfilling duties that go beyond 

Coupled with a family-oriented culture and a standard of excellence in all we do, not only do our team members feel right at home, but they also end the day knowing that the work they deliver is among the best in the industry.

At SERVPRO, positions are always available for the right individuals who wish to join us in our vision of becoming the premier cleaning and restoration company in the world. Not only is it our mission to develop a team of quality people who focus on fairness, excellence, and mutual respect, but we are also create opportunities for our team members to grow within the organization. We desire to see you succeed! 

So no matter which role you play in our organization, whether its at the front desk taking calls or on the front lines extracting water, you can be certain that you are fulfilling duties that go beyond administrative tasks or heavy lifting, you are helping us restore hope and normalcy to the lives and daily routines of some of the most vulnerable and even traumatized members of our communities. 

If you’re looking for a place where you will make a difference in the lives you touch and have the opportunity to grow and develop your skills, a career at SERVPRO of South Frisco / The Colony may be a great fit for you!

If you or someone you know is looking for a career change, click this link to apply. 

Surviving the Flood...

6/10/2021 (Permalink)

Surviving the Flood... We live in a world where mother nature has a mind of her own at times, and natural disaster can strike at any time and can ruin the "normalcy" of the life we once had. The nice furniture, flooring, and decor that once occupied our home, now washed away by water. Whether the flooding has occurred in your house because of a pipe bursting, a sewer backup, faulty appliance, a heavy rain or rising floodwaters, there are important steps you should take in order to keep you and your family safe. After any water damage situation, your primary focus should be safety:

  • Is it safe to stay in the house?
  • Electrical and "slip and fall" hazards are some of the most prevalent concerns.
  • Only do activities that are safe for you to perform.
  • Wet materials can be VERY heavy. Be careful!
 You and your family may not even be thinking about flooding, but rather tornado damage or hurricane damage. But with any severe storm or rain there is always a chance of flooding. And even appliances can cause flooding. Here at SERVPRO® of South Frisco / The Colony we want you to be as prepared and safe as possible, therefore we put together some do and don'ts to put into practice after you have encountered flooding within your home.

What To Do After Flooding

  • Remove excess water by mopping and blotting.
  • Wipe excess water from wood furniture after removal of lamps and tabletop items.
  • Remove and prop wet upholstery and cushions.
  • Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting.
  • Turn air conditioning on for maximum drying in summer.
  • Remove colored rugs from wet carpeting.
  • Remove art objects to a safe, dry place.
  • Gather loose items from floors.
 

What NOT To Do After Flooding

  • Don't leave wet fabrics in place. Hang furs and leather goods.
  • Don't leave books, magazines or other colored items on wet carpet or floors.
  • Don't use your household vacuum to remove water.
  • Don't use television or other household appliances.
  • Don't turn on ceiling fixtures if the ceiling is wet, and keep out of rooms where ceilings are sagging.
 

Reminders:

  1. Do not panic, take a breath and understand that although today feels like the worst day ever. Things WILL get better.
  2. Keep safety always at the forefront of your mind (stop the water source, shut all electricity off, etc.)
  3. Call SERVPRO in order to get things clean, dry and back to beautiful as quickly as possible.
 Why SERVPRO?
  • 24-Hour Emergency Service
  • Faster to Any Size Disaster
  • Highly Trained Water Restoration Technicians
  • A Trusted Leader in the Water Restoration Industry
  • Locally Owned and Operated
  • Advanced Water Inspection, Extraction, and Drying Equipment

Beware of Hail and Flood Damage

5/18/2021 (Permalink)

We all know the children’s song we used to sing when we wanted to stay out for a little longer, “rain, rain, go away, come again another day.” But what happens when the rain isn’t just keeping your kids from enjoying the sunshine, but it’s also putting your property at risk for severe flooding and water damage?

When flash floods occur, all bets are off. There’s no predicting the amount of damage a flood can cause to your home or business. This is especially true if you live in a flood zone, hurricane evacuation zone, or any area that is prone to flooding. North Texas flash floods can be so severe that one of the most important things one can do is pack an emergency safety kit in the event you have to evacuate. Another key step would be to prepare your home for flooding. This could include removing any dead trees from your property to boarding up windows, or clearing clogged rain gutters. What is most important is that you take the necessary precautions to help minimize the chances of water seeping into your home and causing water damage. 

Keep in mind that most homeowner’s insurance policies do not include flood insurance. It’s always better to review your policy before a disaster so that you know exactly what you’re covered for. Consider purchasing flood insurance through an independent party if you believe you are at a higher risk for flood damage. 

Usually followed by flash flooding are the hailstorms that are so prevalent in the Frisco and surrounding areas. Hail damage can severely affect your home and property by causing window damage, roof damage, and more. In the past years damage from hail is among the top homeowners claims each year causing costly damages and an increase in insurance claims.

To minimize the damage during a storm, maintain your home and property free from outside furniture and decoration so that it is not blown away by the wind. Also regularly inspect and maintain your roof regularly by not neglecting minor defects that could lead to major problems down the road. 

However, even with all the precautions a home or business owner can take to prevent damage, there is always the possibility of disaster striking your home or office. Thankfully, our SERVPRO of South Frisco / The Colony technicians are available 24/7 to not only mitigate the damage, but also provide reconstruction work following disaster remediation. 

If your property has been affected by recent storms, call our office to schedule a free estimate 972-335-9900.

Hurricane Preparedness Week 2021

5/14/2021 (Permalink)

As we get ready to enter into hurricane season, we want to make sure our community is well prepared and informed of what to do in case the storms get way out of hand. To ensure you and your loved ones are safe during this upcoming storm season, read along for these tips on what to do to be storm safe:

  1. Know Your Risks: One the most important things you can do is understand how susceptible your area is to hurricane weather. Being informed pf the likelihood of how a hurricane can effect your area by keeping up to date with weather announcement and local and governments 
  2. Build an Emergency Kit: This one sounds simple, but it is often overlooked. Keeping an emergency kit that is stocked with water, canned foods, non perishables, and comfort items such as blankets and toys could be the difference between a disaster and an inconvenience. 
  3. Review And Gather Documents: Review your policies ahead of time to see what is covered and if flood insurance is available to you. Gather important documents such as insurance policies, IDs, birth certificates, deeds, or even sentimental documents and keep them in a fireproof and waterproof safe. 
  4. Be Informed: Knowing where to go and who to call is key to staying safe. Having an evacuation plan in place in the event of a disaster ensure members of your household know what to do in case home isn’t the safest place to be. Have a planned route and an alternate route to get to a safe place away from the storm.
  5. Strengthen Your Home: Taking a look around your property to see if you are vulnerable in the event of a hurricane is a key factor in minimizing your risk of damage. By looking for vulnerable areas, you’ll be able to address them and fortify and susceptible areas around the home or property.

Implementing these tips will help you face this hurricane season and minimize the risk of your property being a victim of the elements. Keep SERVPRO of South Frisco / The Colony in mind for all your storm damage restoration needs. 

Do You Have an ERP?

5/12/2021 (Permalink)

DO YOU HAVE AN ERP?An ERP is an Emergency Ready Program. As a business owner you always want to make sure you have an action plan if ever an emergency occurs. If there was a flood, major leak or a tornado, as a commercial property you would want contacts and action plan close by. We couldn't imagine the amount of stress whenever something like that ever occurred! SERVPRO® of South Frisco/The Colony wants to ease that stress and we realize that you might not think about the unexpected things that may happen, therefore we have implemented the ERP program. 

What is the Emergency Ready Program?

Our ERP, Emergency Ready Profile is the best way to reduce business interruption following a disaster, plan for it now!
  • As many as 50% of businesses may never recover following a disaster, according to the latest industry 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.
  • 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 damage can affect your business.

Why Implement the Emergency Ready Program?

  • The SERVPRO® Emergency READY Profile Advantage is of no-cost assessment to your facility. This means there is no need to allocate funds, giving you a great value at no cost.
  • A concise Profile Document that contains only the critical information needed in the event of an emergency. – It will only take a little time to complete and will not take you away from current projects.
  • It will save a lot of time if ever needed. A guide to help you get back into your building following a disaster.
  • An ERP can help minimize the amount of time your business is inactive by having an immediate plan of action. Establishes SERVPRO® of South Frisco/The Colony as your disaster mitigation and restoration provider.
  • You have a provider that is recognized as an industry leader and close by. Identification of the line of command for authorizing work to begin.
 Having an ERP saves time so we can begin the work of mitigating the damage which can save you time and money. Provides facility details such as shut-off valve locations, priority areas and priority contact information. 

DON'T HAVE AN ERP? CALL US! (469) 225-9137!

Having a quick reference of what to do, how to do it and who to call provides solutions in advance of an emergency so that during the emergency you are “Ready for whatever happens.” Give us a call today and set up your ERP!