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Tsunamis

9/4/2019 (Permalink)

Tsunamis can strike anywhere on the US coast. It is good to know what to do if a tsunami strikes a place you or a loved one live or are vacationing.

Ready.gov says that a tsunami is also known as seismic sea waves. Tsunamis are a series of enormous waves created by an underwater disturbance, such as an earthquake, landslide, volcanic eruption or meteorite. Areas within a mile of the coast have a greater risk of being effected. 

If you should find yourself in an area where tsunami warnings are issued make sure to know the evacuation plan, move inland or to higher ground and avoid the beach areas. 

After a tsunami, do not return to the affected area until officials deem it safe. 

SERVPRO of Frankfort hopes everyone stays prepared for any emergency that could happen. 

Be Ready if a Disaster Strikes!

9/4/2019 (Permalink)

September is National Preparedness Moth. It is recognized each year to promote family and community disaster planning now and throughout the year. Consider the following steps to better prepare for an emergency situation. 

-Sign up for local alerts and warnings, download apps, and check access for wireless emergency alerts. 

-Develop and test emergency communication plans.

-Assemble or update emergency supply kits. 

-Make property improvements to reduce potential injury and property damage.

-Collect and safeguard critical documents. A great tip is to store digital copies in your email. 

- Plan with neighbors to help each other and share resources. 

-Document property and obtain appropriate insurance for relevant hazards in your area. 

Did you know SERVPRO of Frankfort offers a free Ready App to document your critical information and add pictures of your valuables? All your information stays secure and only you have access to your information. 

If you wold like more information or assistance setting up the Free Ready App give us a call today. (815)485-6901.

National Night Out

8/23/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Frankfort prides itself in taking part in community events. This year our marketing reps took part in several National Night Out Against Crime events. Our marketing representative were able to attend a few events, playing games with the children who attended. We played the game where the kids picked a duck and won a prize. We were also able to make donations to many other National Night Out events in other towns. We were able to donate things such as chips, water, and raffle baskets that were given out during drawings during the events. 

SERVPRO of Frankfort’s Marketing Representatives enjoyed interacting with our community as well as meeting many of the officers from our towns while we attended the events. We look forward to attending more community events in the future and also look forward to attending the National Night Out Against Crime events in the future years. 

The Drying Process

8/23/2019 (Permalink)

If your business suffers a water damage SERVPRO of Frankfort professionals will

-Inspect the building to detect every component that is wet to help prevent secondary damage.

-Measure how much water is in the materials and monitor daily to ensure the materials are drying properly.

-Speed up the drying process by using professional drying equipment. 

What exactly does it mean to speed up the drying process? A wet building can often dry naturally, however often nature often takes too long which can cause secondary damage while the building is drying itself out. 

SERVPRO of Frankfort professionals have the tools, equipment and training to dry your building while preventing secondary damage. Our trained professionals also use state-of-the-art monitoring equipment and a proven scientific  process to help speed up the drying process in your home. 

If you should sustain water damage in your home call the professionals that can do it right!! 

Hoarding

8/20/2019 (Permalink)

According to the Mayo Clinic Hoarding Disorder is a persistent difficulty discarding or parting with possessions because of a perceived need to save them. A person with hoarding disorder experiences distress at the thought of getting rid of item. Excessive accumulation of items, regardless of value, occurs. 

Hoarding can lead to homes filled with extreme clutter, from years of accumulations making living unsanitary and crowded.

SERVPRO of Frankfort generally sees hoarding in two ways.

The first way is there is a fire or water damage in the home. When our trained professionals arrive at the home to assess the damage from the fire or water they discover the hoarding situation. If this should happen SERVPRO of Frankfort professionals will communicate with the insurance company about coverage, and after approval contents can be packed out and cleaned, dried out, or stored so work can begin on the fire or water damage to the structure. 

The second way SERVPRO of Frankfort can encounter a hoarding situation is receiving a call from a landlord, case worker, real estate agent, or a family member, often after the death of a loved one. In these situations, the crew will see if they should look for any items of importance to the family.

Each hoarding situation is different and SERVPRO of Frankfort is here to help with every step of the way. 

Lightening Strikes

8/20/2019 (Permalink)

Did you know that Illinois is ranked in the top 10 states most likely to have lightening strike your home?

In 2018 alone there were 2475 insurance claims for lightening strikes, resulting in 25.5 million dollars in damages. 

SERVPRO of Frankfort is here to assist you in your time of need. If your home should be struck by lightening give us a call for assistance on all your restoration needs. 

Below are a few tips to keep you safe during the storms. 

Be aware- Check the forecast before participating in outdoor activities. If it calls for thunderstorms make sure there is adequate shelter available.

Go indoors- Find a safe enclosed shelter when you hear thunder. 

Avoid windows doors porches and concrete- Do not lie on the concrete floors and avoid leaning on concrete walls. Lightening can travel through any metal wires or bars in the concrete walls and floors. 

Avoid water- Do not bathe, shower, wash dishes or have any other contact with water during a thunderstorm because lightening can travel through a buildings plumbing. 

Grilling and Fires

7/10/2019 (Permalink)

When the warmer weather comes around there is nothing better than the smell of food on the grill. 

7 out of 10 adults in the US have a grill or smoker. That is a lot of mean being grilled, however it also increases the risk of house fires. 

In 2013-2017 fire departments responded to an annual average of 10,200 home fires involving grills and barbaques per year, including 4,500 structure fires and 5,700 outside or unclassified fires. These fires caused on average annually 10 deaths and 160 injuries related to grilling as well as $123 million in property damage. 

SERVPRO of Frankfort helps remediate properties every year that face damages due to grilling fires. Below are a few safety tips for the grilling season. 

  • Always keep grills away from structures that could burn.
  • Keep children and pets away from the grill even when you are done cooking.
  • Keep a bucket of water nearby.
  • Do not let grease build up.
  • Never leave the grill unattended when the flames are on.
  • Do not put the grill away after cooking. Ensure that the grill is cooled off all the way before moving it into or near a structure. 

Extreme Heat

6/7/2019 (Permalink)

Did you know? On averag, heat is the number one weather-related killer in the United States. 

As summer approaches, it is time to consider safety precautions for extreme heat in the coming months. 

If possible, stay indoors inside the air conditioning. 

Be sure to check out your pets who may be outdoors or bring them inside. 

Stay hydrated and limit caffeine and alcohol use. 

If you do go outside, wear loose fitting light colored clothes and apply sunscreen often. 

A few tips to help prepare your home

Install window air conditioning units snugly and insulate if necessary. 

Check air conditioning ducts for proper insulation. 

Install temporary window reflectors to reflect heat entering your home back outside. 

Weather-strip doors and windows to keep cool air inside. 

Cover windows that receive morning or afternoon sun.

Keep storm windows up all year. 

If you should smell a musky odor leading you to believe you may have mold in your home, give SERVPRO of Frankfort a call today. (815)485-6901. 

Spring and Unpredictable Weather are in the Air

4/16/2019 (Permalink)

Spring is the time of year when things change. The flowers are frowning and the weather is getting warmer but with that comes some risks. 

Temperatures can sway back and forth between warm and fridgid, sunny days may be followed by a week of storms, and sometimes we can see all those fluctuations during the same day. 

Thunderstorms cause most of the severe weather in the spring. They bring lightening, tornadoes, and flooding. 

Because Spring weather is so unpredictable, planning ahead makes sense. Prepare your family members for the possibility of severe weather.Tell them where to seek shelter as soon as you are aware of an approaching storm. 

Often times once we are aware of an approaching storm, there is no time left to prepare. But we do know when Spring arrives thunderstorms, tornadoes, and floods are real possibilities. So why not take the surprise factor out of severe weather and prepare yourself, your family and your home. 

During these storms if you should have damage to your home our trained professionals at SERVPRO of Frankfort are just a call away. 

Be Flood Smart

3/20/2019 (Permalink)

Flooding is one of the most common and widespread natural disasters in the United States. Floodsmart.gov reports in the last 5 years, all 50 states have experienced floods or flash floods. 

According to the American Red Cross, floods cause more damage in the US every year than any other weather-related disasters. The American Red Cross offers the following flood safety tips.

-Stay away from floodwaters. If you come up to a flowing stream where water is above your ankles turn around and go another way. Six inches of swiftly moving waters can sweep you off your feet. 

-If you approach a flooded road while driving, turn around and go another way. If you are caught on a flooded road and waters are rising rapidly around you, get out of the car and head to higher ground. Cars can be swept away by less than two feet of water.

-Keep your children out of the water. They are curious and often lack judgment about running or contaminated water.

If a flood should strike your home or business contact SERVPRO of Frankfort professionals. Even minor flooding can cause major damage to a structure when not treated quickly and properly.