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Disaster Restoration

01/02/2018
After your business experiences water damage from a leaky pipe, rainstorm or flood, you naturally want to get things back to normal as soon as possible. If you’re dealing with anything other than a large incursion, you understandably may be considering handling the cleanup and drying yourself to save money or time. The problem is that cleaning up and recovering from water damage isn’t always as straightforward as it seems. This post highlights 3 key things you need to be aware of...
11/20/2017
On you mark, get set… it’s time to plan and decorate for the holidays! But as you do, don’t forget about the safety considerations we highlight below. Why? Because there’s nothing worse than dealing with an injury or fire during the season of thanks and celebration. And unfortunately, the risks at work and at home are all too real this time of year. Decorating injuries in November and December account for thousands of emergency room visits every year. Falls (34%),...
10/30/2017
Ready or not, fall is upon us. We hope you’ve had a great summer and that you get to enjoy plenty of mild weather before winter hits. In the meantime, it’s an ideal time for some building and property upkeep that will help you ease into the holiday season and winter knowing you’re ready for whatever Mother Nature has in store. This blog post provides five tips for preparing commercial properties for upcoming inclement fall and winter weather. 1. Start at the Top with a Roof...
10/02/2017
Everyone knows mold is unpleasant, and you’re probably well aware that mold can lead to costly problems for businesses. But beyond that, how much do you really know about mold and how to prevent it? Read on for nine interesting facts and a few critical prevention tips: Source: Brian Kichan, CARNO. (2015, July 21). Telephone Interview.
09/25/2017
No one can tell you exactly what to expect in a building fire because there are simply too many variables to consider. Recovering quickly (relative to the circumstances) however, requires awareness of the basics of the recovery process, including key insurance considerations, what kind of help you’ll need to recover and where you’ll get it. 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....
09/11/2017
Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma have definitely made an impact in Texas and Florida causing massive damage with flooding, storm surge and high winds. This season is the first season on record that the U.S. has had two, Category 4 (maximum sustained winds >=130 mph) hurricanes make landfall. So, what’s brewing in the Atlantic this year to make for such an active season? The stats for the Atlantic hurricane season (so far) are as follows: 11 named storms 6 hurricanes 3...
08/07/2017
Flooding. Storm damage. A fire. Even good planners don’t always have a strategy for responding to a natural or manmade disaster. But if you’ve just experienced any type of business disaster, you need to restore normal operations as fast as possible. So after calling 911 or other emergency response services, what should you do? Here are five tips for helping to speed your recovery: 1) Make sure Employees and Customers are Safe After any event that puts peoples’ lives...
07/24/2017
Quickly addressing water damage can be crucial to recovery. Interstate has created a series of four how-to videos that quickly run-through common scenarios to address water damage. Not only will you be able to watch the effects of water damage to drywall, but you will also learn how to mitigate damage to preserve the structural integrity of your building. Watch the videos below:  Witness water damage to drywall through wicking demonstration Find out how to make flood cuts when...
06/27/2017
"Quick, send us your detailed business personal property (BPP) list." "We just need a detailed list of all your building contents, including furniture, fixtures, computer equipment, manufacturing equipment, inventory, raw materials—any material or item that isn’t part of your building that you need to run your business." "Oh, and we need the date you purchased it, a description of the item, and it’s projected replacement cost. And proof that you had...
06/21/2017
"Keep Each Other Safe" is the 2017 focus for the National Safety Council's (NSC) National Safety Month. This year, the NSC is offering tips on a variety of topics, including fall hazards, jobsite fatigue, active shooter preparation, ergonomics and road safety. In addition, we'd like to offer our tips when it comes to post-disaster building inspections -- what you can prepare for and how to stay safe.  Enter at Your Own Risk We spend a lot of time talking about preparing...