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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...
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...
10/11/2018
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...
09/24/2018
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....
08/06/2018
If you live in one of the Great Plains states, then you know just how fast the pouring rain from a thunderstorm can add up. And the more thunderstorms you see, the more you need to pay attention to the impact they may be having on your building. After all, no building is 100% waterproof and if there is a way for water to get in, it will—whether or not you notice it. This blog explores why it’s important to look for leaks after thunderstorms along with three things to remember to...
07/09/2018
If your business has a Disaster Recovery Plan (DRP) in place, we applaud you. DRPs are a fundamental resource for making sure your business can navigate disaster and quickly recover after the worst has passed. But… Unfortunately, it’s also easy for DRPs to become outdated. For example, people get too busy and forget to make updates. Or plan overseers move on and the responsibility isn’t passed on. And any number of other reasons. At a time when every week seems to bring a...
07/02/2018
Flooding, whether it occurs as a flash or from a slow buildup, is a common occurrence in many parts of the country. If you're wondering how to prepare your business for a flood, this week's blog post highlights some key steps you should consider in your flood disaster planning. Flood Planning Need-to-Knows  Even if you think the flooding risks are low in your area, it’s important to be vigilant. The first step to prepare for flooding is to understand your potential...