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11/26/2018
If your business is in an area like Dallas where you get occasional freezes during otherwise mild winters, here’s an important fact: Upwards of 90% of the calls Interstate receives are related to frozen and broken pipes. Surprising isn’t it? But, the culprits for frozen pipes can vary. For example, we regularly see the following scenarios: Frozen freshwater supply lines Frozen pipes running to commercial chillers or freezers Frozen pipes in air-conditioning systems...
11/19/2018
In the hospitality industry, a good disaster recovery plan can make the difference between business survival or shuttered doors after unfortunate events happen. Disaster recovery planning is important not only to protect guests and employees at hotels and resorts during an event, but for ensuring an orderly and rapid recovery once the worst has passed. The disaster recovery experts at Interstate Restoration have developed a Jump Start to Disaster Recovery Plan (DRP) for Hospitality that...
11/12/2018
In many parts of the country, such as Dallas, Texas; Phoenix, Arizona; and Seattle, Washington, mild winters are mostly par for the course. But that doesn’t mean that extreme winter weather won’t dramatically impact your city and business at some point. Just think back to Super Bowl 45 in Dallas. In the week leading up to the game, the Dallas area was hit with a deep freeze. Snow and ice blanketed the area, causing havoc with Super Bowl preparations as well as in businesses across...
10/31/2018
You are probably familiar with the expression “what you see is what you get” or the associated WYSIWYG abbreviation. Although people use the phrase in a lot of different ways, the basic idea is that there is little to no difference between what is visible to you and the underlying reality of what you are seeing. When it comes to water losses, a WYSIWYG mindset is a dangerous concept. Especially when the loss is in an apartment building or office building where people spend a lot of...
10/25/2018
If you’ve never experienced a paper-related disaster, you’d be surprised how fast things can go off the rails in document storage areas. And schools, government offices, law firms, medical offices and other business and facilities that deal with a lot of paper are all at risk. It only takes an everyday event, like a pipe break, storm, sewer backup or flooding, to cause a business nightmare that is difficult to recover from when not handled properly. In the spirit of Halloween, this...
10/22/2018
Whether or not you live in an area that could be impacted by tropical storms or hurricanes, you probably follow the forecasts. After all, when storms like Michael, Florence, Irma, Maria and Harvey are tracking toward inhabited areas, the suspense is gripping and the media coverage unavoidable. These forecasts are particularly useful to disaster recovery companies, which pay close attention so that they can be prepared for what’s ahead and take the necessary measures to be able...
10/11/2018
For businesses in regions that can be impacted by hurricanes and tropical storms, there are few things more agonizing to deal with than a major hurricane warning. In addition to your normal day-to-day business tasks, keeping an eye on trajectory and intensity of a storm can put you on an emotional rollercoaster. As we were writing this post, the forecast for hurricane Michael was taking shape with predictions that it would make landfall as a Category 3 hurricane near the big bend of Florida....
10/09/2018
After a brief pause in intensification Monday night, Michael is continuing to strengthen in intensity. It's currently a Category 2 hurricane, and all signs point to it intensifying into a Category 3 hurricane by later in the day on Tuesday (10/9). The westerly shear that put a pause on its development last night looks to have waned, and the system is becoming more symmetrical based on the latest satellite imagery. Michael's central pressure is also continuing to slowly fall - an...
10/08/2018
Despite modern safety measures, devices and building techniques, fires still present a very real danger for businesses. Every year, upwards of 80,000 workplace fires occur, resulting in thousands of injuries and scores of deaths, so it is vital to keep fire prevention and evacuation strategies active and up to date. With Fire Prevention Week well underway (runs from October 7-13), it's a great reminder to complete an annual check up of your business’ fire strategy.  A Long...
10/01/2018
Is your damaged building safe to enter? Assessing building damage after a disaster involves risks. But someone has to do it. If the task falls on you, it’s important you understand some key safety considerations before entering. Watch our latest video to learn our top five tips for staying safe during a post-disaster building inspection so you can stay healthy and focused on what matters most.