Is your Business Disaster-proof?
As many as 50% of business may never recover following a disaster. Of those that survive, most already had a preparedness plan in place. By developing a SERVPRO® Emergency Ready Profile for your business, you minimize business interruption by having an immediate action plan. Knowing what to do and what to expect in advance is the key to timely mitigation and can help minimize how water and fire damage can affect your business.
The Best Way to Reduce Business Interruption Following a Disaster is to Plan For it NOW.
Preparation is a key component for making it through any size disaster, whether it it's a pipe burst, a large fire, or an area flood. The best time for planning to deal with it is not while it happens, but well in advance.
The SERVPRO® Emergency Ready Profile is a start up approach that provides the critical information need to begin mitigation and recovery.
- A no-cost assessment of your facility
- A concise profile document that contains only the critical information needed in the event of an emergency
- A guide to help you get back into your building following a disaster
- Establishes SERVPRO® of Milton & North Oakville as your disaster mitigation and restoration provider
- Identification of the line of command for authorizing work to begin
- Provides facility details such as shut-off valve locations, priority work areas, and priority contact information
Revolt Robotics Sponsorship
Revolt Robotics team member Alec Cook is pictured in the pits with franchise owner Bradley Cook in front of Revolt Robotics 4976 robot.
Revolt Robotics Team 4976 @ First Competition University of Waterloo
SERVPRO® of Milton & North Oakville is pleased to sponsor the Georgetown District High School robotics team "Revolt Robotics" in their FIRST Robotics Canada season.
Congratulations to the team on their 5th place performance in the Ontario District University of Waterloo competition March 22-23, 2019. The team is now ranked 35/173 in the province!
This team has worked hard together to get their robot put together and working to get to these competitions! They are soon traveling to the US to compete against other teams in their division!
We could not be more proud of the team. Being able to watch them and receive their updates have been amazing!
More information on FIRST robotics available here:
Do It Right
We had been called in to correct a sub-par water remediation performed by a competitor.
The homeowner had experienced a leak in the kitchen from a burst pipe, which lead to extensive damage on the main floor and the fully finished basement.
The competitor had performed initial demolition and placed drying equipment, but did not get the property completely dry before removing the equipment. A few days later, mould had flourished on both levels.
We were called in to perform the mould remediation on both levels, so that the home was fit for reconstruction.
We worked co-operatively with an independent industrial hygienist, the insurance carrier, and the homeowner to resolve this situation as quickly as possible so they could move back in to their home.
The Do's and Don'ts!
This is our extraction Truck!
As professionals working in the business of water damage mitigation, we are often asked for advice about what to do when there's a water intrusion at a home or business. The first priority must always be safety. A flooded basement, for instance, poses a risk for electrical hazards from electrical devices that are plugged into outlets. If you have any doubts, call a professional right away. If it is sparking, smoking, or a suspected electrical fire, get out and call 911.
Another concern is the type of water. For example, grossly contaminated water from a sewage backup must be treated differently than clean water from a burst supply pipe. Turn off the water at the source, if possible. And please remember that a burst pipe is not a plumbing emergency: it is a drying emergency. Once the water has been shut off, the plumbing can be repaired at any time. However, the structure needs to be dried ASAP to minimize damage and prevent mould growth; mould fungi can begin to form in as little as 48 hours, so time is of the essence.
Here are a few more DOs & DON'Ts.
- DO: Avoid all contact with sewage and items contaminated by sewage,
- DO: Wash your hands thoroughly after contact with contaminated items,
- DO: Seek medical attention if exposed to harmful waste,
- DO: Shut off the source of water if possible or contact a qualified party to stop the water,
- DO: Turn off circuit breakers for wet areas of the building if it is safe to do so,
- DO: Remove as much excess water as possible by mopping & blotting,
- DO: Wipe excess water from wood furniture after removing lamps and tabletop items,
- DO: Remove and prop up wet cushions for even drying,
- DO: Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting,
- DO: Relocate paintings, art objects, computers, documents, and other materials that are valuable or sensitive to moisture,
- DO: Use wooden clothespins to keep furniture skirting off damp floors,
- DO: Hang draperies with coated hangers to avoid contact with wet carpeting or floors,
- DO: Hang furs and leather goods to dry separately at room temperature,
- DON'T: Walk in areas with grossly contaminated water in order to minimize the spread of contaminants,
- DON'T: Turn on the HVAC system in areas with grossly contaminated water,
- DON'T: Use household fans in areas with grossly contaminated water,
- DON'T: Use products for personal hygiene in areas with grossly contaminated water,
- DON'T: Enter rooms with standing water where electrical shock hazards may exist,
- DON'T: Enter affected areas if electrical outlets, switches, circuit breakers or electrical equipment are exposed to water. Always avoid electrical shock hazards,
- DON'T: Leave books, newspapers, magazines, or other coloured items on wet carpeting or floors in order to prevent staining,
- DON'T: Leave Oriental rugs or other coloured rugs on wet carpeting,
- DON'T: Use your household vacuum cleaner to remove water in order to avoid electrical shocks and prevent damage to the vacuum,
- DON'T: Use TVs or other appliances while standing on wet carpeting or floors, including wet concrete floors,
- DON'T: Turn on ceiling fixtures if the ceiling is wet or enter rooms where ceilings are sagging from retained water.
Gillian at Parliament Hill
On Saturday January 19th 2019, at Parliament hill there was a woman's march.
There were participants from all across Canada that participated in the March! One of our very own, Gillian here from SERVPRO was up in Ottawa at the time of the March and despite the frigid temperatures, she enjoyed herself!
The march started as a rally with speeches and drumming, then the march started down Bank Street to Lansdowne!
The movement works towards woman and their rights, also towards protecting reproductive rights and acknowledging issues face by the LGBTQ community, indigenous people, immigrants and people with disabilities.
SERVPRO is very proud to have had one of our own participate in the March and happy to Support Gillian as she enjoyed herself up in Ottawa on the weekend!
Does Your Home Have A Mould Problem?
Untreated water damage can cause mould to grow quickly. Microscopic mould spores naturally occur almost everywhere, both outdoors and indoors. This makes it impossible to remove all mould from a home or business. Therefore, mould remediation reduces the mould spore count back to its natural or baseline level. Some restoration businesses advertise “mould removal” and even guarantee to remove all mould, which is a fallacy.
Consider the following mould facts:
Mould is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.
Mould spores are microscopic and float along in the air and may enter your home through windows, doors, or AC/heating systems or even hitch a ride indoors on your clothing or a pet.
Mould spores thrive on moisture. Mould spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water. These colonies may produce allergens and irritants.
Before mould remediation can begin, any sources of water or moisture must be addressed. Otherwise, the mould may return.
Mould often produces a strong, musty odour and can lead you to possible mould problem areas.
Even higher-than-normal indoor humidity can support mould growth. Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent.
If your home or business has a mould problem, we can inspect and assess your property and use our specialized training, equipment, and expertise to remediate your mould infestation.
If You See Signs of Mould, Call Us Today – (905) 864-9544
Lightning Storm Tips from SERVPRO of Milton & North Oakville!
Lightning is one of the leading causes of weather-related fatalities. The odds of being struck by lightning in a given year are only around 1 in 500,000, but some factors can put you at greater risk for being struck. Here are a few lightning safety tips.
Check the forecast before participating in outdoor activities. If it calls for thunderstorms, postpone your trip or activity, or make sure adequate safe shelter is available.
Remember the phrase, “When thunder roars, go indoors.” Find a safe, enclosed shelter when you hear thunder. Safe shelters include homes, offices, shopping centers, and hard-top vehicles with the windows rolled up.
Avoid Windows, Doors, Porches, and Concrete
Do not lie on concrete floors and avoid leaning on concrete walls. Lightning can travel through any metal wires or bars in concrete walls or flooring.
Do not bathe, shower, wash dishes, or have any other contact with water during a thunderstorm because lightning can travel through a building’s plumbing.
Avoid electronic equipment
Do not use computers, laptops, game systems, washers, dryers, stoves, or anything connected to an electrical outlet. Lightning can travel through electrical, and wires or bars in concrete walls or flooring. Equip homes and offices with whole-house surge protectors to protect appliances
Learn About Fire
Fire is FAST! In less than 30 seconds a small flame can turn into a major fire. It only takes minutes for thick black smoke to fill a house or for it to be engulfed in flames.
Fire is HOT! Heat is more threatening than flames. Room temperatures in a fire can be 100 degrees at floor level and rise to 600 degrees at eye level. Inhaling this super-hot air will scorch your lungs and melt clothes to your skin.
Fire is DARK! Fire starts bright, but quickly produces black smoke and complete darkness.
Fire is DEADLY! Smoke and toxic gases kill more people than flames do. Fire produces poisonous gases that make you disoriented and drowsy. Asphyxiation is the leading cause of fire deaths, exceeding burns by a three-to-one ratio
Develop Fire-Safe Habit
Keep items that can catch on fire at least three feet away from anything that gets hot, such as space heaters.
Smoking materials are the leading cause of residential fire deaths in the United States. If you smoke, take precautions: Smoke outside; choose fire-safe cigarettes; never smoke in bed, when drowsy or medicated, or if anyone in the home is using oxygen.
Use deep, sturdy ashtrays and douse cigarette and cigar butts with water before disposal.
Talk to children regularly about the dangers of fire, matches and lighters and keep them out of reach.
Turn portable heaters off when you leave the room or go to sleep.
Never leave a burning candle unattended, even for a minute.
Make Sure Your Business is Emergency Ready!
SERVPRO® Emergency READY Profile® (ERP)
SERVPRO will help ensure you and your business are “ready for whatever happens” and minimize business interruption by having an immediate plan of action in place for your facility.
The ERP is a comprehensive document containing critical information about your business, including: Emergency Contact Information, Shut-off Valve Locations and Priority Areas. The ERP is also accessible online using your computer or tablet; download SERVPRO’s free Ready Plan app to access this information at any time using your smart phone or tablet. The ERP establishes your local SERVPRO® of Milton & North Oakville l as your disaster mitigation and restoration provider, giving you access to over 45 years experience and a System more than 1,700 Franchises strong.
Knowing what to do and who to call in advance is key to quick response and timely mitigation. Having a plan in place may help minimize the amount of time your business is inactive and get you back in the building following a disaster. Preparation is the key to making it through any size disaster, whether it is a small water leak, a large fire or an area flood. The best time to plan for such events is not when the event happens, but well before it happens. No one ever plans on a disaster, but now, you can plan for it. The ERP is a no cost assessment, all it requires is a little time, making it a great value that could save a lot of time in the future. Call your local SERVPRO® of Braun Station Franchise Professional to establish your Emergency READY Profile®
Call us for more information at (905) 864 – 9544
Flood Damage Do's and Don'ts!
You take control of your Home.
What to do until help arrives:
After any water damage situation, your primary focus should be safety:
Is it safe to stay in the house?
Electrical and "slip and fall" hazards are some of the most prevalent concerns.
Only do activities that are safe for you to perform.
Wet materials can be VERY heavy. Be careful!
What to do after Flooding:
Remove excess water by mopping and blotting.
Wipe excess water from wood furniture after removal of lamps and tabletop items.
Remove and prop wet upholstery and cushions.
Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting.
Turn air conditioning on for maximum drying in summer.
Remove colored rugs from wet carpeting.
Remove art objects to a safe, dry place.
Gather loose items from floors.
What NOT to do after Flooding:
Don't leave wet fabrics in place. Hang furs and leather goods.
Don't leave books, magazines or other coloured items on wet carpet or floors.
Don't use your household vacuum to remove water.
Don't use television or other household appliances.
Don't turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet, and keep out of rooms where ceilings are sagging.
About SERVPRO of Milton & North Oakville
SERVPRO of Milton & North Oakville specializes in the cleanup and restoration of commercial and residential property after a water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.