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Insurance Continuing Education (2021)

7/21/2021 (Permalink)

One of the things we are known for is the Continuing Education Courses that we offer and host for the insurance professionals in our community. We offer these courses to strengthen the relationships we have with the insurance agents, adjusters, and other professionals who work in our communities. Those relationships are so important when it comes to doing the work that we do.

So what are we offering for courses for the remainder of this year? Well, the important thing to remember is that for each class day we have, there is a morning class and an afternoon class. The morning class is always some sort of 3-Credit Hour ethics course. The afternoon course is a 4-Hour course that we feel would be an interesting course for those who attend. We have three more classes coming up this year and they are as follows:

September 22nd:

Hosted in Galesburg, IL

Ethics for Dummies: 8:30 AM-11:30 AM (3-Credit Hours)

20 Questions, Improving Risk Transfer: 12:15 PM-4:15 PM(4-Credit Hours)

October 14th:

Hosted in Pekin, IL

Ethics and Professional Standards:  8:30 AM-11:30 AM (3-Credit Hours)

Basics of E&O Loss Prevention: 12:15 PM-4:15 PM (4-Credit Hours)

December 10th:

Hosted in Pekin, IL

Ethics for Dummies: 8:30 AM-11:30 AM (3-Credit Hours)

Insurance Claims for Water, Mold, Biohazard, Smoke,& Hoarding: 12:15 PM-4:15 PM (4-Credit Hours)

For each class day, there will be breakfast offered before the first class and lunch offered between the classes. Classes are all taught by Todd Davis as well.

If you or someone you know is in need of any CE Credits, please don’t hesitate to reach out to our office. We would be happy to get you the information you need to sign up for the courses.

We hope to see some familiar and some new faces this year!

For information on how we can help, you can call us at:

SERVPRO® of North Central Tazewell County | 309-346-5600

SERVPRO® of Peoria | 309-637-7300

SERVPRO® of Galesburg and Macomb | 309-342-0073

Cleaning In Schools

7/15/2021 (Permalink)

We know that summer months are a weird time to talk about cleaning in schools. Kids are generally off the campus, and there are not many staff around either unless of course summer school is in session. So why would we bring it up now?

Simple: damage doesn’t always wait for the school year to start.

Consider the following:

  • Storm damage can happen any time of year. If a school has a tree go through the roof or a leak that floods out a classroom after heavy rain, it’s not damage that can wait to be fixed.
  • Water damage from sewage backups and other plumbing issues can happen year-round as well. That’s definitely not something you want to wait all summer to get cleaned up.
  • Electrical fires can also be unpredictable, and cleaning and restoring the damage from that should be done in a timely manner.
  • It may be summer, but if the school in question offers summer school then there will be people on the premises at least some of the time. While the pandemic is not as prevalent and many people are getting vaccinated, it is still possible for people to expose others to the virus or become exposed to the virus. If that is the case, the person in charge of the facility should definitely take measures to disinfect the building to avoid further exposure.

The good news is that all of these problems can be handled by your local SERVPRO®; everything from cleaning and restoring storm damage to applying disinfectant to the property to avoid COVID-19 exposure. Just know that we are Here to Help® all year long!

For information on how we can help, you can call us at:

SERVPRO® of North Central Tazewell County | 309-346-5600

SERVPRO® of Peoria | 309-637-7300

SERVPRO® of Galesburg and Macomb | 309-342-0073

Rain Damage & Home Insurance

7/8/2021 (Permalink)

Here are some fun facts about rain damage and home insurance coverage.

  • Damage from rain is generally covered if it enters your home after a covered peril, such as if rain gets in through a hole caused by a windstorm. Standard policies don’t cover floods.
  • Any damage from rain that is sudden and accidental may be covered.
  • A separate flood insurance policy may be necessary for covering flood damage.
  • Water damage from rain is often covered if the water damage is the result of
    • Wind-driven rain
    • Rain, snow, and ice dams
    • Vandalism
  • Mold will be covered if it is the result of sudden rain damage. It will NOT be covered if it’s from long exposure or unknown leaks that happened before the accidental exposure.
  • Rain that causes a flood to enter through a corroded area, or is caused by neglect are damages that are NOT covered.

So what are we trying to tell you with all of these bits of information? We just want you to know what your policy likely covers and provide you with information that will help you ask your agents the correct questions. There is more information at PolicyGenius if you would like to check there. Don’t forget to ask your insurance professional if your policy covers services provided by your local SERVPRO® as well!

For information on how we can help, you can call us at:

SERVPRO® of North Central Tazewell County | 309-346-5600

SERVPRO® of Peoria | 309-637-7300

SERVPRO® of Galesburg and Macomb | 309-342-0073

https://www.policygenius.com/homeowners-insurance/does-homeowners-insurance-cover-water-damage-from-rain/ 

Preventing Wildfires

6/30/2021 (Permalink)

Wild fires might not be very common in Central Illinois, but they are still very possible. This is especially true during the warm and dry summer months. The Illinois Department of Natural Resources has some suggestions on ways that you can help to prevent wildfires from starting.

  • Avoid having outdoor fires if winds are above five miles per hour.
  • Avoid having outdoor fires if humidity is below 40%.
  • Make sure there are no combustible materials within 10-50 feet of fires (depending on the size of the fire).
  • Keep an eye on the National Weather Service's fire weather forecast.
  • Avoid using power tools that produce sparks in areas with dry vegetation.
  • Campfires should be burned during night time hours within fire grates and in protected areas.
  • Dispose of lit cigarettes, cigars, or other smoking material in a safe manner and location.
  • Have a bucket of water and shovel on hand to smother/drown the fire.

You can find more tips by going to The Illinois Department of Natural Resources website. Remember, if you experience fire damage to your home or business, you can always reach out to your local SERVPRO® for the cleanup and restoration.



For information on how we can help, you can call us at:

SERVPRO® of North Central Tazewell County | 309-346-5600

SERVPRO® of Peoria | 309-637-7300

SERVPRO® of Galesburg and Macomb | 309-342-0073

https://www2.illinois.gov/dnr/news/Pages/IDNRUrgesCautiontoPreventWildfires.aspx

What Can You Do When Your Hardwood Floors Are Damaged By Water?

6/23/2021 (Permalink)

Hardwood flooring (whether it is actually hardwood or hardwood laminate) is beautiful and definitely worth having in your home. However, it can be very expensive to replace. So it’s important to know how different damage can affect your hardwood floor. Being a cleaning and restoration business, one of the things we see a lot is water damage. When we see water damage on hardwood floors, we are well aware of how important it is to get the floors dried and restored quickly and completely. However, there are things you can do before we arrive that will help to reduce the damage.

Watch for Any Changes to the Floor

If you notice that your floor is starting to stain or that it is swelling in certain ways after water damage, be sure to take note of that and let the team who works on the cleaning and restoration know what’s happening. Your wood floors are porous, and this means that they are more likely to soak up water. This can lead to the wood beginning to cup or buckle. The technicians on your job will be able to judge what the best move will be.

Remove Wet Items from the Wood Floor

Items that sit on your hardwood floors can damage your floor further if they are left there after the initial damage occurs. Anything with color in it, such as rugs, books, magazines, and other items can have the color bleed from them. This can cause some severe staining to the floor. Rugs and other porous furniture can retain water, and if not moved off of the hardwood, they can continue to cause further water damage to the floor even after the initial source has been stopped.

Soak-Up as Much Water as Possible (IF You Can)

Soaking up excess water can be very helpful before your restoration team arrives on your property. However, that might not always be possible, especially if there are multiple inches of water on the floor. If that is the case it is best to just wait for the team to come and do the water extraction. If you’re comfortable trying to dry the area with towels, a mop, or a shop-vac, it could help the process along. It’s completely up to you!

Turn On Fans and AC to Maximize Drying

If it is safe to place fans in the area, it can help to dry the area before we arrive. If it is summer, turning on the AC can help to dry the area before the restoration team arrives. It all depends on the extent of the damage and what is safe for you to do.

Contact a Professional to Make Sure That the Floor is Completely Dried and That No Mold has Started to Grow

Regardless of how well you think you have the hardwood dried, it is always best to call a professional for the cleaning and restoration of the floor. Franchise Professionals at your local SERVPRO® are trained to use moisture reading equipment that can help to judge just how wet the floor is. They will be able to place the proper equipment (dehumidifiers, air movers, etc.) for optimal drying of your hardwood floors as well as the other affected surfaces such as walls. You should also make sure that you have professionals come in to test for mold, and if there is mold present, you’ll be able to count on your SERVPRO® team to remediate that mold. Counting on a professional can help you to avoid secondary damage, and that is definitely important.

If your hardwood floor is damaged by water, don’t worry! There are things you can do and there are things your local SERVPRO® can do to make the damage feel, “Like it never even happened.”

For information on how we can help, you can call us at:

SERVPRO® of North Central Tazewell County | 309-346-5600

SERVPRO® of Peoria | 309-637-7300

SERVPRO® of Galesburg and Macomb | 309-342-0073

https://nydreeflooring.com/blog/1253

What is a Board Up?

6/17/2021 (Permalink)

You’ve probably seen us post on social media about our building services. When we do, we mention the term“board-ups” quite a bit. What are board-ups though, and why are they important? Simply put, they are sometimes the best line of defense between your property and secondary damage.

When damage occurs in or on your property, sometimes walls, roofs, ceilings, and windows can be damaged and leave the inside of your home exposed to the elements. Storm damage and fire damage are often the cause of these openings. We see trees and other debris crash in during storms, and we are called to many jobs where fires have burned holes in the structure of customers’ homes. Of course, when we are called to jobs like these, our first step is to make sure that any openings are covered, either by tarps or by placing a wood barrier to block everything. When we can stop rain, wind, and other debris from entering into the openings left by initial damage, it helps to keep the cleaning and restoration process on track as well as preventing problems like mold from developing.

So when you see a post in our website photo gallery from a board-up job, or if you see us posting on our social platforms about board-ups and our other building services, now you’ll have a better understanding of what we’re sharing!

For information on how we can help, you can call us at:

SERVPRO® of North Central Tazewell County | 309-346-5600

SERVPRO® of Peoria | 309-637-7300

SERVPRO® of Galesburg and Macomb | 309-342-0073

How to Help Stop the Spread of Germs in the Workplace

6/10/2021 (Permalink)

Now more than ever, it is important to reduce the risk of spreading germs in the workplace. The following are tips to help make that happen.

  • Make sure hand sanitizer is available
    • Having hand sanitizer available is definitely a great way to stop the spread of germs. Hand sanitizer is especially effective when it is available in high traffic areas (such as doors, reception areas, and shared food areas).
  • Provide cleaning supplies and protective gear to staff
    • By making it possible for staff to clean up their own areas, you provide them with the ability to keep them from spreading their own germs and you also allow them to protect themselves from other people’s germs.
  • Make sure air quality is good
    • By focusing on air quality, you can lower the number of bacteria and viruses traveling on dust particles/respiratory droplets from coughs and sneezes.
  • Clean more frequently throughout the office
    • Frequent cleaning helps to avoid any areas being forgotten after coming into contact with germs. Vacuuming and dust help to keep contaminated dust from being kicked up into the air as well.
  • Be aware of personal health
    • This is probably the most important tip. If you are sick or think you might be getting sick, you should avoid going to work. Take the day off or work from home. You will be able to keep your coworkers or any clientele from catching whatever you have by staying away from them.

For information on how we can help, you can call us at:

SERVPRO® of North Central Tazewell County | 309-346-5600

SERVPRO® of Peoria | 309-637-7300

SERVPRO® of Galesburg and Macomb | 309-342-0073

https://www.staples.com/content-hub/culture/health-wellness/5-ways-facilities-managers-can-reduce-germs-in-the-office

Wind Storm Safety Tips

6/2/2021 (Permalink)

When the seasons change, the type of storms that occur change with them. Warm weather brings about its own kind of dangers. While warm weather in Central Illinois generally means a high risk of tornadoes, windstorms also become an issue. There are things that you should know about high winds and there are things that you can keep in mind to help to keep you and those you care about safe.

The first thing that you need to know is that you should keep a close eye on the weather reports. While high winds are generally associated with other storms, it is important to note that they can be a problem all on their own. Windstorms may occur as a result of differences in air pressure; specifically when a cold front passes across an area. 

During a windstorm, it is best to stay indoors. This is because when you are outdoors, you could find yourself dealing with things like:

  • Flying debris
    • Tree limbs
    • Street signs
    • Loose objects from houses ro other buildings
    • Dirt, dust, and/or rocks
  • Traffic collisions
    • Gusts causing vehicles to drift into oncoming traffic
    • Debris flying into roadways
  • Downed power lines
    • Electrical currents can threaten you if they fall on your car or home

However, there are things you can do to protect yourself from these dangers. Of course as previously stated, the best thing you can do is stay indoors. Stay away from windows and make sure to be alert in case tree limbs or other debris fall on or into your home. If you are outside, watch out for flying debris and get to a safe place as soon as possible. If power lines fall near you, make sure to avoid them at all costs, and alert the proper authorities about the fallen line. If you are in a car, be sure to drive slowly and safely, watching for debris in the road or for other drivers who might be losing control of their vehicle. If a powerline falls onto your car, do not try to exit the car without the help of an emergency crew. Do not let anyone approach your car, and the only exception to getting out of the vehicle is if it is on fire. In that circumstance, you should jump from the car. Don’t make contact with the car and the ground at the same time.

Windstorms can be dangerous, but there is plenty you can do to keep yourself safe. If your property is damaged by wind or debris, don’t hesitate to call your local SERVPRO® to help with the cleanup and restoration.

For information on how we can help, you can call us at:

SERVPRO® of North Central Tazewell County | 309-346-5600

SERVPRO® of Peoria | 309-637-7300

SERVPRO® of Galesburg and Macomb | 309-342-0073

https://www.weather.gov/mlb/seasonal_wind_rules#:~:text=High%20winds%20can%20cause%20downed,vehicles%2C%20and%20injury%20or%20death.

Pet Fire Safety

5/26/2021 (Permalink)

The National Fire Protection Association has all kinds of fire safety tips on its website. However, we wanted to share some of the NFPA tips about fire safety when it comes to your pets. That way you can keep your home safe from accidents that they may cause, and it could also keep them safe in the event that you do experience a fire.

  • Keep pets away from stoves and countertops to avoid accidental starting or knocking over cooking appliances/equipment. This may mean keeping your pets out of the kitchen completely when you are cooking.
  • Keep pets away from candles, lamps, space heaters, and fireplaces. It’s best to have a “pet-free zone” of at least three feet from these heat sources.
  • Make sure that your pets can’t access electrical cords if they are young or if they have a habit of chewing on household items.
  • If you have a Fire Escape Plan (which you should!) make sure that you include your pets in the escape plan. Your animal friends will likely be scared and need your help to get out of the house in the event of a fire!

We know that your furry friends are your family, and that is why we wanted to share this information with you. If you would like more information about fire safety for you or your pets, please check out the NFPA website. Remember, if you do experience fire damage, your local SERVPRO® is here 24/7 to make your damage feel, “Like it never even happened.”

For information on how we can help, you can call us at:

SERVPRO® of North Central Tazewell County | 309-346-5600

SERVPRO® of Peoria | 309-637-7300

SERVPRO® of Galesburg and Macomb | 309-342-0073

https://www.nfpa.org/-/media/Files/Public-Education/Resources/Safety-tip-sheets/PetSafetyTips.ashx

Tips for Waterproofing Your Basement

5/19/2021 (Permalink)

Your basement is the victim of all kinds of water damage. The following are tips to help you in the process of waterproofing your basement; that way you can hopefully avoid water damage in that area of your home.

  • Start by figuring out where the water is coming from.
  • If there is standing water or an active source of water, do not try to waterproof until the source has been stopped and standing water has been removed.
  • When you go to seal cracks in your basement walls, hydraulic cement is a great choice for repairs. Once the area is repaired, you can take a sealer paint and cover bare cement walls (which needs to be applied under regular paint).
  • If you find that your window wells have leaks, just remember that you have the option to dig the good area to be lower and fill the space with gravel. This can help to avoid water collection.
  • Keep water away from your basement by redirecting it outside of your home, and don’t forget to use interior water drainage systems.

For information on how we can help, you can call us at:

SERVPRO® of North Central Tazewell County | 309-346-5600

SERVPRO® of Peoria | 309-637-7300

SERVPRO® of Galesburg and Macomb | 309-342-0073

https://www.bobvila.com/articles/tips-for-waterproofing-basement-walls/#:~:text=DO%20apply%20a%20masonry%20waterproofing,(available%20from%20Home%20Depot).