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07/18/2016
It has now been 18 years since Interstate Restoration got its start in Texas back in 1998. There is definitely no shortage of gratitude to all of the companies, employees, and partners who have continued to place their trust in us throughout the years. And while alot have changed from decade to decade, there has been one "constant" that continues to motivate our organization and drive our success...giving back. On a business level, as well as on a personal level, Interstate...
07/11/2016
Unless you’ve experienced a building fire first hand, it can be easy to lose sight of why fire preparation should be a critical ongoing exercise for every business. It’s true that, in many cases, quick responses from fire departments or fire suppression equipment can help to limit destruction caused by flames to a single room or part of a building. But destruction from fire and smoke is usually only one (often small) part of the story. Flames and Smoke are Only the Beginning of...
07/05/2016
July is just beginning, and many parts of the country have already seen some unusually hot temperatures and an early start to fire season. In the desert southwest, the temperature in several cities rose to within their top-five hottest days ever. At its start, the 2016 fire season was already ahead of 2015’s record pace. And California alone has seen more than 60,000 acres burn across the state. Since it’s shaping up to be a long, hot and dry summer in many areas, we thought it...
06/27/2016
It’s only late June, and the Atlantic has already had four named storms. Danielle formed in the Bay of Campeche on June 20, making 2016 the year with the earliest date that the 4th named storm has formed on record in the Atlantic basin. The old record was June 23 set in 2012. Does this active start to the Atlantic hurricane season mean that the entire season is going to be active? There are a few caveats that need to be made. First of all, the weather conditions that formed Hurricane...
06/20/2016
Did you know there were nearly 1.3 million fires in the U.S. in 2014 alone, causing more than $11.6 billion in property damage?1 Your ability to coordinate help after a fire is put out can have a potentially large impact on recovery time and costs to your property.  Download your complimentary Quick Guide to Fire Damage to gain a basic understanding of how to properly handle fire damage. You will discover: Examples of damage that can happen in a fire that you may not be aware...
06/13/2016
Did you know that every day in the U.S., nearly 13,000 workers are injured on the job? That adds up to a staggering 4.7 million injuries per year.1 Stats like those make it easy to understand why the National Safety Council (NSC) helps promote National Safety Month every June. This year’s theme is SafeForLife and the NSC has a different focus area for each week of June:2 Week 1: Stand Ready to Respond Week 2: Be Healthy Week 3: Watch out for Dangers Week 4: Share Roads...
06/01/2016
We may be in for a “near-normal” hurricane season, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be prepared. The “luck” we’ve seen in recent years can change at the drop of a hat and near-normal is still an active season with 12 named storms predicted…just look at Tropical Storm Colin threatening Florida currently. Check out our latest infographic below which includes the most current probabilities surrounding the 2016 storm season...
05/31/2016
Interstate Restoration has solidified its position as a continental leader in the disaster recovery industry by finalizing the previously announced deal to acquire all the assets of FirstOnSite Restoration. The deal, which closed June 1, 2016, gives customers of Interstate and FirstOnSite Restoration full access to the most robust combination of personnel and equipment designed to help businesses and other organizations rebuild from hurricanes, floods, fires and other disasters on any scale....
05/23/2016
Hurricane season officially begins June 1st, and while the initial 2016 Atlantic hurricane season forecast is for a near-average season, all it takes is one major storm to remind everyone that Mother Nature loves surprises. To help you prepare and better understand the reasoning behind these predictions, Interstate Restoration invites you to join us for a free webinar, Wednesday, June 1st. Dr. Phil Klotzbach, from Colorado State University’s Department of Atmospheric Science, will cover...
05/16/2016
Depending on your roof material, it’s not always easy to determine if it has sustained hail damage after a storm. For example, if your building has asphalt shingles or a metal roof, you may see obvious dents. However, on a built-up (tar and gravel) roof, you might see few to no visible signs of damage.  Why is determining the extent of roof hail damage important? Whether or not hail damage is visible, roof repair costs add up fast, as do the costs from water damage that could...