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Your Generator Maintenance Guide | SERVPRO of Corpus Christi East

8/10/2021 (Permalink)

Typical Standby Generator Maintenance

With the crazy weather patterns in Corpus Christi the past year, it is important to be prepared in the event of another disaster. We recommend having a generator handy in the event the storm impacts last days on end. In order to ensure your generator is functioning properly take these maintenance tips into consideration. 

The typical life expectancy for a generator is between 20,000 and 30,000 hours, serving a crucial role while waiting for a storm restoration company to come to your business. 

Weekly
You are going to need to perform small maintenance tasks every week. These include:

  • Running the engine
  • Checking for alarms or warnings
  • Ensuring adequate fuel levels for an emergency
  • Setting the engine to auto mode
  • Checking that the circuit breaker is closed
  • Ensuring there are no leaks

Monthly
On a monthly basis, you will need to spend more time checking fluid levels, such as the coolant and oil. You should also check the battery to ensure you are ready for a disaster.

Bi-Annual
You are going to want to check the thermal protection levels every six months. At the same time, inspect the drive belts to ensure they have the proper tension and are in good condition.

Annual
A certified technician will need to come out every year and perform crucial tasks, such as changing the engine oil, fuel filter, air filter, and spark plugs. If any extra maintenance is needed, like a coolant system flush, your technician will perform these items at your annual service. 

Taking precautions like this can have many benefits for your home or business. The primary one is that you put off replacing your equipment longer. If you are looking to push the maximum number of hours and avoid generator problems, you need to consider required preventative maintenance.

For any storm related damage, call the storm professionals at (361) 985-6444.

3 Things You Should Not Do After a Flood in Your Corpus Christi East Home

5/4/2021 (Permalink)

When dealing with floodwater, many homeowners are tempted to put themselves or their families at risk in an effort to save their home or their possessions. These are three things you should not do after a flood.  

Don't Stay in Your Home 
After a flood, there is not much you can do to prevent damage by staying. If you have time, you can place sandbags, move possessions to higher ground, board up windows and take other precautions, but once flooding is imminent, it is best to evacuate to a shelter. Attempting to remain in your home puts you at risk of drowning, electrocution, and contact with contaminants in the water. It also puts the emergency workers who will have to assist you if you get in trouble at risk.  
  

Don't Rely on Do-It-Yourself Solutions 
You may be able to repair the water damage from a minor flood yourself, but when major flooding occurs, by the time it is safe to re-enter buildings, the damage is usually too severe for most do-it-yourself attempts to be successful. Have a plan in place to deal with the floodwater. Contact your insurance company. Don't count on being able to obtain equipment, such as generators, protective gear, and pumps, that you would need to attempt to dry out your property yourself.  

Don't Walk or Drive Through Standing Water Downed power lines can electrify standing water, posing an electrocution risk. As little as six inches of water can damage your car and cause traction issues. Flood water poses significant risks to homeowners attempting to salvage their property after a flood. It is best to let your insurance company and restoration professionals take the lead and avoid putting yourself at risk, in most cases. 

Flooding Can Happen Anywhere | SERVPRO of Corpus Christi East

4/19/2021 (Permalink)

Cities all across America experience flooding to some extent. According to the National Weather Service, common sources of floods include: 

  • Flash Flooding
  • River Flooding
  • Storm Surge and Coastal Inundation from Tropical and Non-Tropical Systems
  • Burn Scars/Debris Flows
  • Ice/Debris Jams
  • Snowmelt
  • Dry Wash
  • Dam Breaks/Levee Failure

Although Corpus Christi is not known to experience heavy snow, residents often travel to where it does snow and should be wary of the potential flooding impacts. On the contrary, Corpus Christi residents do experience large amounts of rainfall, flash flooding, river flooding, and systems. 

After a flood, you should tune in to your local news for updates and pertinent information. Always avoid floodwater and any damage such as fallen trees. Be sure to contact loved ones that might have also been affected by the flood to make sure they are fine.

If your home or business experiences a flood, SERVPRO of Corpus Christi East can assist! We can get your back to your preloss condition in no time. We help make it “Like it never even happened.”

Using Technology During a Storm | SERVPRO of Corpus Christi East

4/5/2021 (Permalink)

Technology can cause stress and sometimes is more of a burden than helpful. However, in the case of emergencies such as natural disasters, it can be extremely helpful for keeping you updated and letting friends and family know where you are. You more than likely already have the technology in your home to keep you and your family safe during a disaster, so follow these tips to use it effectively!

Remember, always be sure to keep portable charges ready in your emergency kit so you can always access your technology when you need it most.

Social Media for News

Using social media is a great way to get up-to-date news straight to your smartphone. Almost all local and national government has social media pages that are updated regularly, especially during a natural disaster. 

Mark Yourself Safe

Another way to use social media is to mark yourself safe. Facebook offers a feature called Safety Check that allows you to mark yourself safe if you are in the area of a dangerous situation. Marking yourself safe lets friends and family know that although you are in the area of disaster, you are safe. The Red Cross offers a similar feature called Safe & Well which is both an app and website where you can mark yourself as safe for friends and family. 

Use Online Storage

Services like Google Drive and DropBox are a great way to store personal information online in a safe manner. Keeping copies of identification cards, passports, insurance policies, medical records, and pet information is important if your documents get lost in a disaster or you forget them when you are evacuating. You can also access DropBox and Google drive on any computer or phone, just make sure you remember your password!

Create an Emergency READY Profile

SERVPRO of Corpus Christi East  offers an Emergency Ready Profile or ERP for free. Creating an ERP will help prepare your property or business in the event of a disaster.  Creating this profile will help prevent interruption by having an immediate plan of action and setting SERVPRO® Corpus Christi East as your main point of contact in the case of an emergency. We will have all the information on file needed to make sure mitigation and restoration go smoothly. 

SERVPRO of Corpus Christi East  should be your first choice for any residential or commercial restoration due to our experience and 24/7/365 service. Contact us today if you are interested in signing up for an ERP or have questions or concerns about a recent property disaster. 

How to Use Technology During a Natural Disaster | SERVPRO of Corpus Christi East

1/26/2021 (Permalink)

Technology can cause stress and sometimes is more of a burden than helpful. However, in the case of emergencies such as natural disasters, it can be extremely helpful for keeping you updated and letting friends and family know where you are. You more than likely already have the technology in your home to keep you and your family safe during a disaster, so follow these tips to use it effectively!

Remember, always be sure to keep portable charges ready in your emergency kit so you can always access your technology when you need it most.

Social Media for News

Using social media is a great way to get up-to-date news straight to your smartphone. Almost all local and national government has social media pages that are updated regularly, especially during a natural disaster. 

Mark Yourself Safe

Another way to use social media is to mark yourself safe. Facebook offers a feature called Safety Check that allows you to mark yourself safe if you are in the area of a dangerous situation. Marking yourself safe lets friends and family know that although you are in the area of disaster, you are safe. The Red Cross offers a similar feature called Safe & Well which is both an app and website where you can mark yourself as safe for friends and family. 

Use Online Storage

Services like Google Drive and DropBox are a great way to store personal information online in a safe manner. Keeping copies of identification cards, passports, insurance policies, medical records, and pet information is important if your documents get lost in a disaster or you forget them when you are evacuating. You can also access DropBox and Google drive on any computer or phone, just make sure you remember your password!

Create an Emergency READY Profile

SERVPRO® of Corpus Christi East offers an Emergency Ready Profile or ERP for free. Creating an ERP will help prepare your property or business in the event of a disaster.  Creating this profile will help prevent interruption by having an immediate plan of action and setting SERVPRO® of Corpus Christi East as your main point of contact in the case of an emergency. We will have all the information on file needed to make sure mitigation and restoration go smoothly. 

SERVPRO® of Corpus Christi East should be your first choice for any residential or commercial restoration due to our experience and 24/7/365 service. Contact us today if you are interested in signing up for an ERP or have questions or concerns about a recent property disaster. 

Quick Tips for Storm Safety with SERVPRO of Corpus Christi East

1/19/2021 (Permalink)

Cooler weather in Corpus Christi is a great time to enjoy the great outdoors, but when sudden storms pop up, staying safe is of paramount importance. Thunderstorms may come and go quickly, but while they are in the area, they can cause flash flooding and a concerning amount of damage.

While the safest place to be during a storm is at home, if a sudden storm pops up when you are away, here are some practical tips for safety.

Practical Tips for Staying Safe From Sudden Storms

Know your options for shelter. When you are made aware of a severe weather scenario and are safely at home, remaining there is the best thing you can do so you can wait out the storm. However, this is a luxury that will not always be present. If you are caught out in a storm, you can shelter in your car as long as you can pull over safely and cut off your engine. Remember to park your vehicle on high ground when possible.

Practice electrical safety. A lightning strike can hurt a structure in many ways, but the most common way is via a power surge. As the lightning travels through the home’s electrical system, the wires will become overwhelmed with charge and transfer that to anything plugged into an outlet. If you can, go through the area you are in and unplug everything before a storm. In general, it is best to also have surge protectors throughout your home and office.

Avoid direct contact with concrete. Concrete structures are so sturdy in part because of how they are built. As concrete is poured around metal, it creates a great structure—but also causes a concern if there is lightning nearby. The metal in concrete can disperse electricity if the building is struck by lightning, so avoid touching these surfaces directly if possible.

Stay indoors for at least 30 minutes. If you are out enjoying the day when a storm rolls in, make sure you are not rushing back out too soon and putting yourself in danger. Lightning strikes can travel tremendous distances, causing officials to urge people to stay inside for at least half an hour after the last clap of thunder. 

If your home sustains damage due to a storm, you can count on us to help. Contact SERVPRO of Corpus Christi East to learn more about our storm restoration process.

Hurricane Pet Safety Tips

8/31/2020 (Permalink)

Hurricane Safety

SERVPRO of Corpus Christi East wants to help you and your furry friends stay safe during this hurricane season. Being prepared for hurricane season is a must when living in South Texas and its always better to know your course of action sooner than later. Having a hurricane safety supplies set aside for your pet is a great way to start preparing. Make sure you have a picture of your pet, proof of vaccinations, and ID tags on your pets’ collars or harnesses. Looking up Pet-Friendly shelters and hotels can save you trouble in the long run.  Hurricane season can be a stressful time, but being prepared and having an emergency plan can help with unnecessary accidents. For more information visit https://www.petmd.com/dog/care/evr_multi_hurricane_safety_tips.

“A disaster is a chaotic time for humans; just imagine how your pet may feel! Your dog or cat or any companion animal is bound to be stressed and/or scared,” says Burke.

Do you have an Emergency Ready Profile?

5/5/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Corpus Christi East

Hurricane season is only a few weeks away, and it's time to start thinking if your business is ready. The best way to reduce business interruption following a disaster is to plan for it NOW. 

Preparation is the key to making it through any size disaster, whether it's a small water leak, a large fire, or a hurricane.  No one ever plans on a disaster, but pre-planning gives you the peace of mind that you are ready for whatever happens.  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.

By developing a SERVPRO Emergency Ready Profile (ERP) for your business, you minimize business interruption by having an immediate plan of action.  It's a guide designed for your business to help you get back into your building following a disaster.  It serves as a quick reference of important building and contact information, such as where water or electrical shut-offs are-or your emergency contacts.  Having a quick reference for what to do, how to do it, and who to call provides solutions in advance of an emergency so that during the emergency you are "Ready for whatever happens."

This assessment has no cost to you and contains only the critical information you need in the event of an emergency.  The ERP has all your important information electronically and can access it 24/7 on a desktop or app on your phone. We will also provide a hard copy for your records.

Call us today at (361)985-6444 to get started on your free profile!

Hurricane Season 2020

4/20/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Corpus Christi East

Hurricane season is right around the corner, and SERVPRO of Corpus Christi East wants to help you be better informed for this upcoming season. Hurricane hazards can include tropical depressions, tropical storms and of course hurricanes. These hazards can bring destructive tornadoes, winds and even rip currents and high surf.  Here are 5 lists of things to know. Please follow the link for more information.  weather.gov/safety/hurricane-plan

  1. Storm surge is a large amount of water generated by a storm’s wind and is one of the leading causes of hurricane-related deaths in the USA. These surges can cause a massive amount of destruction along the coast and can travel miles inland.
  2. Flooding from the heavy rain is the second cause of deaths from tropical cyclones. This can potentially be destructive due to the number of days the rain persists after the storm has passed.
  3. Winds from a hurricane can be destructive due to signs and any outdoor furniture or materials left outside.
  4. Tornadoes can accompany hurricanes making landfall. These tornadoes typically occur in rain bands well away from the center of the storm.
  5. These waves contain rip currents and can cause damage to structures along the coastline.

Stay safe this hurricane season.

This Is Our Storm

4/6/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Corpus Christi East

Unfortunately, these times are comparable to a storm disaster, but this is a storm the entire world is experiencing at once. This deadly pandemic has reminded us that hurricanes or other storms all have a common element that can ultimately help guide us in how to respond to the chaos around our life.  Like our city leaders and other officials, they prepare for the upcoming hurricane season, and have taken guidance and noticed what other hard-hit cities are doing to prepare for possible cases of the virus. COVID-19 is like a storm disrupting our way of living. However, that doesn’t mean we can’t be prepared. According to cdc.gov here are some helpful tips below.

  • There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease in 2019.
  • The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus.
  • The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person.
  • Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).
  • Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs, sneezes or talks.
  • These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.
  • Some recent studies have suggested the COVID-19 may be spread by people who are not showing symptoms.
  • Consider whether you can work from home
  • Wash hands for at least 20 seconds
  • Stay home if you’re sick
  • Cover coughs and sneezes
  • Wear a facemask if you are sick
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces

Stay safe and healthy from SERVPRO of Corpus Christi East.

Disasters are Unpredictable

8/28/2019 (Permalink)

Flooding in the garage due to a storm.

SERVPRO of Corpus Christi East understands that disasters are unpredictable.  As we all know hurricane season can be very stressful especially when there are tropical storms brewing. However, we want to help relieve some of the stress with a few helpful tips. It's important to protect your home ahead of time so that you can limit the damage. One way is to purchase hurricane shutters or have plywood cutouts for all your windows. Another important tip is to make sure you secure your outdoor items, this can prevent any items such as potted plants, and lawn chairs to cause damage to your property due to high winds. If you are evacuating a storm, and are leaving a vehicle behind, it's important to park your vehicle on higher ground. It only takes two feet of water to carry a vehicle away.  Another important tip is to record or video all your belongings. This could potentially be a helpful way to provide information to your insurance company if a disaster should strike your property. Let's hope South Texas doesn't have another Harvey, but if we do let's be better prepared for tomorrow.

Flood Cut

8/14/2019 (Permalink)

Flood cut

Did you know that the storm surge and flooding from a hurricane can cause the most damage to properties?  When your home or business is damaged by rising water, the drywall and other building materials affected by that contaminated floodwater need to be removed.  It's common practice to remove all the drywall and insulation that is wet, usually two foot up from the floor.  When you hear a company or your insurance adjuster, recommending a two-foot flood cut - this is what they are referring to.  Of course, if the floodwater was higher, anything contaminated needs to be removed.  Our technicians are trained and have the equipment to know what materials need to be removed, and then what it will take to dry the wood framing exposed by those cuts.  We are at the peak of hurricane season, so your friends at SERVPRO of Corpus Christi East are always here to help. 

Hurricane Peak Season

8/8/2019 (Permalink)

For more information please follow this link: https://www.wunderground.com/weather-infographics/hurricane-formation

Did you know that mid-August and September are the most active months of the hurricane season? Hurricane Harvey made landfall on August 25th - almost to the day of Katrina Hurricane Katrina made landfall.  According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), we seem to experience a spike in hurricane activity during these months.  NOAA is anticipating 2019 to be a near-normal hurricane season. They predict 12 named storms, 6 hurricanes and 3 major hurricanes for this year. Don't wait to have an evacuation route or a hurricane preparedness kit on hand at your home or office. If you are interested in an Emergency Ready Profile (ERP), don’t hesitate to contact SERVPRO of Corpus Christi East at (361)-985-6444. We are happy to help.

Disaster Recovery Team

7/18/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Corpus Christi East

During a large storm response, SERVPRO of Corpus Christi East is not alone when it comes to deploying resources to serve the community. We have multiple Disaster Recovery Teams (DRT) strategically positioned throughout the United States ready to assist should a disaster strike the Corpus Christi area. The Disaster Recovery Teams are composed of the best of the best in restoration. During the recent events due to Hurricane Harvey, many of these teams helped serve Corpus Christi and the surrounding areas. Disaster Response Teams are ready for whatever happens should a tornado, flood or hurricane strike. Available 24 hours a day and 365 days a year, our highly trained professionals are ready to assist. As the storms roll out, SERVPRO rolls in to help make it “Like it never even happened.”

Storm Update for the Month of August

8/22/2018 (Permalink)

The 2018 Hurricane Season outlook has been updated w/ lower numbers predicted, due to developing El Nino, cooler Atlantic water temps & several other factors. Regardless, you should still have your hurricane plans in place as we approach the peak of the season. It only takes one!

In a separate analysis, atmospheric scientists at Colorado State University forecast an “average” season with 13 named storms, six becoming hurricanes. They find that the Atlantic has cooled a bit in the last two months, making it less conducive to fueling strong storms.

It is very difficult to predict when a hurricane may occur, however it isn’t difficult to prepare for a disaster such as a hurricane. SERVPRO offers literature through blogs and brochures that deal with hurricane preparedness. We also provide an Emergency Readiness Profile for businesses to have a plan if a disaster ever occurs.

Storm Readiness

6/24/2018 (Permalink)

Storms have the potential to destroy anything in its path.

2017 was a tough year when it came to storms. Most of Texas felt the danger that storms possess and can cause. Storm season, in Texas is June through November with August and September being the worst months for storms. For 2018, NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center is forecasting a 75-percent chance that the hurricane season will be near- or above-normal.  The best ways to stay safe is to be informed. Today there are many outlets for news whether its: news channels, weather apps, social media or radio. It’s always best to listen to your local news because the city government can release information faster that way.

If a local government is giving orders to evacuate make sure to follow the best you can. Plan accordingly for the trip and make sure all priority belongings are with you.  If you are in an area that does not have evacuation orders, be sure you have your supplies ready.  Visit www.ready.gov to get information on how to prepare for a hurricane.  Your home and belongings can be replaced, however you can’t. It is best to stay alert and be willing to relocate if necessary.

After the storm has passed, SERVPRO of Corpus Christi East is here to help – give us a call at 361-985-6444.