What is National Preparedness Month?
We do know it's only April, but that doesn't mean you can't get ready for National Preparedness month!
September is National Preparedness Month, an annual awareness event sponsored by the Federal Emergency Management Agency. We at SERVPRO of Hoboken/Union City think this is a great time for business owners to review their emergency preparedness and business continuity plans.
Look at the startling statistics like this one to emphasize the importance of advance planning: according to FEMA, as many as 40 percent of businesses never reopen following a major flood disaster.
Because we know the time to create a disaster readiness plan is before it's needed, our corporate offices developed the SERVPRO Emergency READY Program to help business owners create an Emergency READY Profile for their facility, at no charge.
Are you ready for your Emergency Ready Program? Give us a call and we'll schedule an appointment. We're READY to help, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. You know our motto, "Like it never even happened."
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We know opening a business is a risk in itself. You don't know if it's going to sink or swim. Let's just say in this example that you're Jane Doe and your business is booming. One night you're asleep peacefully in your bed. All of a sudden you awake to a call that your business is flooded. Now you're panicking, you ask yourself how you're going to get water out of a 10,000 square ft. room. You know you don't have nearly enough mops or buckets to clean something of that size. You think for a second and then remember that you saw an ad for SERVPRO and give them a call. There are a million things that can happen to your business or commercial space that you don't always anticipate. Luckily,we are trained for these kinds of events. We would show up to Jane Doe's business with the appropriate amount of equipment to extract the water. No matter how big or small the job may be, you can call us.
Water Damage to Commercial Building Ceiling
This particular job was for one of our clients who experienced troubles after a pipe burst in their parking garage. Not pictured here is the damage that took place on the ceiling of the garage. The ceiling had air pockets that were swelling up with water inside them. This type of damage can lead to a number of other issues including mold. Our client was lucky they called us when they did or this could have gotten much worse. Our crew went in with SERVPRO tools and the damage was fixed hastily. The picture on the right is the ceiling once it’s been patched up and restored to its original condition. Our client was very happy with the results and noted that it was done way sooner than anticipated.
Damage To Commercial Property
Here at SERVPRO of Hoboken/ Union City we understand how badly some instances can affect our customers. This particular case is one of one individual projecting damage onto a place of business by fecal matter. This job is not one of our common jobs but we take care of a long list of items here at SERVPRO. We are here to alleviate that stress and restore your home or business back to the way it once was prior to damage. We cover both commercial and residential damages. Our crew went into the job and power washed the main issue to get to the root of the problem. Our crew followed standard procedure with this type of issue. Our customer was very satisfied with the results. Pictured here is what the place looked like before we cleaned and sanitized the area.
Commercial Damage To Store
Here at SERVPRO of Hoboken/ Union City we understand how badly some storms and other instances can affect our customers. Not only do they do damage to the homes and businesses to so many individuals but they also cause a tremendous amount of stress. We are here to alleviate that stress and restore your home back to the way it once was prior to damage. The job pictured here is a case of mold hidden within the walls at a local business. We cover both commercial and residential damages. Our crew went into the job and tore through the walls to get to the main source of the problem. Once the mold was exposed our crew followed standard procedure in mold remediation. Our customer was very satisfied with the results.
Damage to Commercial Property
One of our clients maintains a huge building. When they faced problems with the elevator shaft being flooded they called SERVPRO of Hoboken/ Union City to help service their recovery. The elevator shaft, not pictured, had severe flooding damage that spread throughout the entire building causing other issues. This job was no different from hundreds of others our crew has conquered. Our team was up for the challenge, as always. They went to the scene with air movers and mops, and restored the residence back to a clean and water less state. You can see in the picture the state of the property and how it needed our help. Water damage is one of our favorite jobs to clean up. Our customer was very pleased with the results.
Fire Damage In Kitchen
Here at SERVPRO we take pride in our long list of services we provide to our clients. On this list is fire damage restoration. Any type of fire is a big deal to us here at SERVPRO of Hoboken/ Union City. That’s why when we got a call about a small kitchen fire we told the customer we’d be more than happy to help. Not pictured here is where the damage of the fire had taken place, above the cabinets the damage was the most visible. Not pictured is the damage to the stove and counter tops. As you can see when looking at the picture on the right our crew restored the kitchen like there was never a fire a there in the first place.
Fire Damage In Resident Basement
Here at SERVPRO of Hoboken/ Union City we understand how badly some fires can affect our customers. Not only do they do damage to the homes and businesses to so many individuals but they also cause a tremendous amount of stress. We are here to alleviate that stress and restore your home back to the way it once was prior to damage. This job classifies as fire damage as you can see the color of the beams after the fire got to them when looking at the picture. Our crew went in with the proper tools to get rid of all the garbage and debris the fire left behind to make this house look like a home again. Our customer was very happy with the level of professionalism we provided. It’s easy to get worked up when something like this happens to you but don’t worry SERVPRO is #heretohelp.
Soot From Fire Damage
A fire that started in the elevator shaft of a commercial building caused repercussions throughout different parts of the structure as well. Unless it's summer and you're sitting next to a bonfire fires are never anticipated. In almost any case, they are not what any business owner wants for themselves. As you can see in the picture we have a different point of view from the building and there is soot damage present on the flooring. This is shown by the darker color on the floor and the foot prints shown within them. SERVPRO of Hoboken/Union City went in to this job and before we even put a single piece of equipment down we assured the business owner that this was nothing new to us.
Crushed eggshells sprinkled around your flower beds or veggie gardens will prevent slugs from passing through. Crushed eggshells also provide a nice calcium supplement for vegetable beds.
Here are some other Garden tips that can save tons of time and energy.
1. If its getting cold and you have tomatoes still ripening on the vine — save your tomatoes! Pull the plants up and bring them inside to a warm dry place. Hang them up, and the tomatoes will ripen on the vine.
2. Keep garden vegetables from getting dirty by spreading a 1-2 inch layer of mulch (untreated by pesticides or fertilizers) around each plant. This will also help keep the weeds down.
3. Paint the handles of your gardens tools a bright, color other than green to help you find them amongst your plants. You can also keep a mailbox in your garden for easy tool storage.
4. Compost needs time to integrate and stabilize in the soil. Apply two to three weeks prior to planting.
5. There is an easy way to mix compost into your soil without a lot of back breaking work: Spread the compost over your garden in the late fall, after all the harvesting is done. Cover with a winter mulch such as hay or chopped leaves and let nature take its course. By spring, the melting snow and soil organisms will have worked the compost in for you.
6. Like vining vegetables, but don’t have the room? Train your melons, squash, and cucumbers onto a vertical trellis or fence. Saves space and looks pretty too.
7. Garden vegetables that become over-ripe are an easy target for some pests. Remove them as soon as possible to avoid detection.
8. Onions are ready to harvest when the tops have fallen over. Let the soil dry out, harvest, and store in a warm, dry, dark place until the tops dry. Cut off the foliage down to an inch, then store in a cool, dry area.
9. Over watering is worse than under watering. It is easier to revive a dry plant than try to dry out drowned roots.
10. When planting a flower or vegetable transplant, deposit a handful of compost into each hole. Compost will provide transplants with an extra boost that lasts throughout the growing season.
11. Insects can’t stand plants such as garlic, onions, chives and chrysanthemums. Grow these plants around the garden to help repel insects.
12. Plants will do best if they are well suited to your growing area. Take some time to read up and choose plants accordingly.
13. For easy peas, start them indoors. The germination rate is far better, and the seedlings will be healthier and better able to fight off pests and disease.
14. If you’re short on space, garlic, leeks and shallots make excellent container plants. They tend to have few insect or disease problems and don’t require much room for roots.
15. Another reason to use natural and organic fertilizers and soil amendments: earthworms love them! Earthworms are extremely beneficial in the vegetable garden; increasing air space in the soil and leaving behind worm castings. Do what you can to encourage earthworms in your soil.
16. Water your garden in the early morning to conserve moisture loss and to help avoid powdery mildew and other fungal diseases that are often spread by high humidity levels.
17. Some vegetables actually become better after a first frost, including kale, cabbage, parsnips, carrots, and Brussels sprouts.
18. When transplanting tomatoes, cover the stem with soil all the way up to the first set of leaves. This greatly encourages root growth, making a stronger, healthier plant.
19. Healthy soil means a thriving population of microbes, earthworms and other organisms. A soil that has “good tilth” will produce robust garden plants that are better able to resist pests and disease.
20. A simple five percent increase in organic material (compost) quadruples the soil’s ability to store water.