Keeping The Workplace Safe
Keeping the Workplace Safe
Encourage your employees to...
- Practice Good Hygiene
- Stop shaking hands – use other noncontact methods of greeting
- Clean hands with sanitizer or wash their hands frequently
- Avoid touching their faces and cover coughs and sneezes
- Disinfect surfaces like doorknobs, tables, desks, and handrails regularly
- Increase ventilation by opening windows or adjusting air conditioning
- Be Careful with Meetings and Travel
- Use videoconferencing for meetings when possible
- When not possible, hold meetings in open, well-ventilated spaces
- Consider adjusting or postponing large meetings or gatherings
- Assess the risks of business travel
- Handle Food Carefully
- Limit sharing food with others
- Strengthen health screenings for cafeteria staff and their close contacts
- Ensure cafeteria staff and their close contacts practice strict hygiene
- Stay Home if...
- They are feeling sick
- They have a sick family member in their home
The CDC is responding to an outbreak of a respiratory disease caused by a novel (new) coronavirus that was first detected in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China and has spread to 60 locations internationally (as of this publication), including cases in the United States. The virus known as “coronavirus disease 2019” (abbreviated “COVID-19”) is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person or through respiratory droplets when an infected person coughs or sneezes. It may be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads.
We Are Cleanup and Biohazard Experts
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention continues to respond to an outbreak of respiratory disease caused by a new coronavirus that was first detected in China and has now spread internationally. While the virus is termed coronavirus, the sickness that results after infection has been termed COVID-19. COVID-19 has now been declared a pandemic, which is a global outbreak of a disease.
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Illness from COVID-19 is wide ranging, from mild to severe symptoms and death. According to the CDC, symptom may appear two days to two weeks after exposure:
- Shortness of breath
It is important to consult your medical provider if you develop any severe or concerning symptoms.
Expert Level Cleaning Services
SERVPRO of South Brevard professionals are uniquely prepared during this unprecedented time to clean and disinfect your home or business according to the protocols set forth by the CDC. We have years of experience in dealing with biological contaminants, and we will go beyond the scope of work that regular janitorial staff perform on a daily basis.
The CDC encourages cleaning of high-touch surfaces such as counters, tabletops, doorknobs, light switches, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards, tablets and tables. Other spaces mentioned in the CDC’s guidance for commercial spaces include:
- Kitchen/Food Areas
- Retail Spaces
- Water Fountains
- Sales Counters
- Carpets and Rugs
- Stair Handrails
- Elevator Cars
- Playground Equipment
- Fitness Equipment
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The CDC recommends usage of a labeled hospital-grade disinfectant with claims against similar pathogens to the coronavirus. Multiple products in the SERVPRO product line carry the EPA-approved emerging pathogens claims. While there is currently no product tested against this particular strain of the coronavirus, we are following all guidelines as provided by the CDC and local authorities.
Biohazard Cleanup and Restoration
Common Biohazard Scenarios
Sewage backups and dark water intrusions are more than nasty, smelly deposits – these damages also introduce harmful microorganisms into a structure. SERVPRO of West Brevard Professionals remove the sewage, contaminants, and moisture, and help ensure the structure is properly cleaned, disinfected, and deodorized.
SERVPRO of West Brevard Professionals remove and dispose of bodily fluids, tissue and other potentially pathogenic substances resulting from accident, trauma, crime or death. Trained SERVPRO Franchise Professionals clean, disinfect and deodorize the structure.
SERVPRO realizes many of the chemicals used in the production of illegal drugs such as methamphetamine are volatile and can leave harmful residues throughout a structure. SERVPRO of West Brevard Professionals follow federal and state guidelines to properly clean all surfaces.
24 Hour Emergency Service
Biohazard emergencies don’t always happen during regular business hours, and that’s why SERVPRO of West Brevard Professionals are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. You can expect an immediate response time, day or night.
Bioremediation Services by SERVPRO
SERVPRO of West Brevard professionals are uniquely prepared during this unprecedented time to clean and disinfect your home or business
We are Here to Help
Get Your Business Back to Normal
SERVPRO is being called on by numerous businesses and community leaders to perform the necessary bioremediation services to clean, disinfect and sanitize their properties. All of our cleanup practices are in accordance with the guidelines provided by the CDC and local authorities. If you are interested in inquiring about our services we’re here to help – 24 hours a day, seven days a week, while life gets back to normal in the communities we all call home.
SERVPRO can respond quickly and effectively to help minimize business interruption to your company.
SERVPRO can respond quickly and effectively to help minimize business interruption to your company. SERVPRO of West Brevard professionals are uniquely prepared during this unprecedented time to clean and disinfect your home or business according to the protocols set forth by the CDC. We have years of experience in dealing with biological contaminants, and we will go beyond the scope of work that regular janitorial staff perform on a daily basis.
SERVPRO professionals are trained to perform a proactive cleanup that involves facility or structure cleaning and disinfection. Cleanup procedures generally include cleaning of porous and non-porous surfaces, disinfecting of non-porous surfaces, cleaning and disinfecting of equipment, tools, and/or supplies used for cleanup process, and disposal of waste.
Commonsense precautions to help control spread of the flu virus
Flu season is here, and it’s often marked by the offers of free flu shots in neighborhood pharmacies and stores across the country. SERVPRO cleaning pros—experts in cleaning and sanitizing building materials, surfaces, and contents after fire, water, or natural disasters—remind home and business owners how important it is to step-up routine cleaning efforts during this time of year. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the flu virus can remain viable on surfaces for up to 48 hours. Cleaning surfaces and objects that are frequently touched minimizes the likelihood of contacting the flu virus when you touch an infected surface.
According to the CDC, nearly 15 percent of the U.S. population suffered from the flu in 2018. More than 950,000 people were hospitalized and almost 80,000 people died from flu complications, making 2018 the most severe flu season since 2009.
“As an emergency response company, we understand the hidden danger of contaminated surfaces in a workplace or home,” said Rick Isaacson, CEO of SERVPRO Industries, LLC. “This time of year, the flu virus can be a ‘hidden danger’ at home, at work, and in the community. It is a serious illness, and we want everyone to take it seriously.”
The CDC recommends the following to help protect yourself or your loved ones from contracting the flu.
- Get vaccinated. The CDC recommends a yearly flu vaccination as the first and most important protection against this serious virus.
- Thoroughly wash your hands (20 seconds or more with soap and water) or sanitize them frequently throughout the day, even if you are not infected, to help protect yourself and others.
- Beware of frequently touched surfaces, like handrails and doorknobs. Keep them clean at home using a bleach and water solution and clean your hands as soon as possible if you must touch them in public.
If you or a family member comes down with the flu despite these precautions, keep in mind the flu spreads primarily through droplets from a sick person when they cough, sneeze, or talk. With that in mind, the CDC offers the following guidelines to help control the spread of the disease:
- Stay home and keep your distance. Infected droplets from a sick person’s nose or mouth can travel up to six feet and land in the noses and mouths of people nearby, exposing them to the illness.
- Wait until you are fever free – without medications – for at least 24 hours before returning to school, work, or normal activities.
- Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue, your sleeve, or your elbow when you cough or sneeze. Dispose of the tissue and clean your hands with soap or a sanitizer with 60 percent alcohol.
There is no such thing as a foolproof flu protection plan, says Isaacson, but frequent hand-washing and conscientious cleaning practices at home, work, and in the community are precautions everyone can practice to help keep them and their loved ones healthy. For more flu statistics and tips on how to help prevent the spread of the flu virus, please visit https://www.cdc.gov/flu.
Everything You Need to Know About Mold
Mold in a Brevard County home
Within as little as 48 - 72 hours mold can spread throughout your property and begin to produce allergens and irritants that can cause health effects. As your West Brevard disaster restoration professionals, we have the training, equipment, and expertise to handle your mold situation. Any home or business can become infested with mold from a simple roof or plumbing leak, which is why understanding mold and its potential effects on your home is important.
Mold spores are microscopic and exist almost everywhere. Since these spores naturally exist outside and inside, it’s impossible to remove all mold from a home or business. These spores travel through the air which makes it easy for them to get into your home through windows, doors, air conditioning systems, or clothing. Mold thrives off of moisture and can quickly grow into a colony if left untreated and exposed to water.
Oftentimes, mold produces a musty smell that can help lead you to the source of the problem, which is the first step in mold remediation. “Black” or “toxic” mold can be an extremely dangerous type of mold, which is why any mold in your home should be treated with caution and you should contact a qualified mold remediation company before anything else.
SERVPRO professionals are highly trained to handle any mold situation. Since water and mold restoration is a cornerstone of our business, our team includes an Applied Microbial Remediation Specialist, Water Damage Restoration Technician, and Applied Structural Drying Technician to efficiently and safely tackle your mold issues. Our team also has the equipment to detect the source of the water feeding your mold, isolate the area, and remove the mold to keep you and your family safe.
As your West Brevard SERVPRO professionals, you can trust that we understand that each mold situation requires a unique solution, however the typical process will remain the same. Here’s what you need to know about the mold remediation process:
Step 1: Emergency Contact
The process begins when you call our national call center (1-800-SERVPRO). A representative will talk with you to find out the necessary equipment and resources to tackle the job.
Step 2: Inspection and Mold Damage Assessment
Your West Brevard SERVPRO professionals will then assess your mold damage and inspect your property. Oftentimes mold feeds on water and cellulose that’s hidden from plain view, which is why our team will use different technologies to determine the source of your mold.
Step 3: Mold Containment
To prevent the spread of your mold, our team will use advanced containment procedures to isolate the area and keep the spores from spreading throughout the cleaning process.
Step 4: Air Filtration
Specialized filtration equipment will allow your SERVPRO of West Brevard team to remove spores from the air in your home.
Step 5: Removing Mold and Mold-Infested Materials
The mold remediation process depends on the scope and severity of your mold. Using antifungal and antimicrobial treatments to eliminate mold colonies, your SERVPRO team will prevent new colonies from forming. Removing certain surfaces such as carpeting or drywall may be necessary to prevent the spread or formation of new mold colonies.
Step 6: Cleaning Contents and Belongings
Our team will use a variety of techniques to clean your personal items, such as furniture, clothing, or decorative items. They will also use fogging equipment to remove odors from your home.
Step 7: Restoration
Depending on your mold situation, certain walls or materials in your home may be removed. In this case, your home may require minor or major repairs to restore your space to normal.
If you have a mold issue in your Viera, FL home, don’t wait to contact your local SERVPRO professionals. Mold can cause serious property damage and health effects if left untreated, which is why our team is highly trained with the proper equipment and experience to handle your mold situation as soon as possible. If you suspect that your home is infested with mold, contact us today and we’ll have your home restored and repaired in no time!
How to Prepare for Spring Storms
Gulf of Mexico waters are freakishly warm, which could mean explosive springtime storms for Florida and surrounding areas.
“Spring is the first kiss of summer.” -Anonymous
Spring has arrived and the excitement of summer, warm sun rays, and hot days are just around the corner. Although spring represents the end of winter and new beginnings, it also consists of spring showers, thunderstorms, and unpredictable weather, which can cause severe problems if not properly prepared. Since Florida weather already seems irregular, how do you prepare for unexpected spring storms, what do you do in the event of severe weather conditions, and what is needed to stay safe among hazardous conditions following a storm?
Preparing for the unknown can save lives, so we have provided these important preparation steps.
Organize an Emergency Plan
Putting a plan in place can potentially save you and your family’s lives. But one plan may not work for every type of severe weather condition, such as thunderstorms, floods, and tornadoes. For instance, your evacuation plan for a tornado should be different than if a flood occurred and the streets are two feet under water. Each emergency plan prepared needs to include a map of your home, routes to safety, and an emergency shelter or destination. Being prepared for each type of life-threatening weather condition is important in keeping your family safe before and after a disaster.
Go Inside When You Hear Thunder
According to the American Red Cross, lightning strikes are the leading killer. Every year lightning has killed more people than hurricanes or tornadoes. When you hear thunder, loud or soft, go inside! With lightening strikes following thunder, every lightening flash is a potential killer.
Protect Your Electronics
To avoid damaging your electronics during a storm, you should plug all electronics into surge protectors. By doing this, the surge protector protects your electronics from burning up due to voltage strikes. If any electronics are not safeguarded by surge protectors, unplug the devices before a storm.
Keep an Emergency Kit
Because severe weather can be unpredictable, you need to put together an emergency kit beforehand. When preparing an emergency kit you should include a first aid kit, a 3-5 day supply of water, nonperishable food, personal hygiene items, blankets or sleeping bags, flashlights, a battery-operated radio, and extra batteries. Make a list of important information to have on hand, like your insurance and utility company’s phone numbers. In case you get stuck in severe weather on the road, keep a second emergency kit in your car. Additional resources on an emergency kit can be found at: https://www.ready.gov/kit.
We, at SERVPRO believe that by failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.
Protecting Wood from Water Damage
Most houses have wood integrated into their structures in some way or another. Often these wooden parts of the house are used for decks, doors, or garage doors. The problem with wood that is open to the elements is that water damage is always a possibility. Similar to issues with the foundation, if gutters are absent from the building or are defective so that water flows straight down rather than being directed away from the building, the result could be rotting, mold growth, or other problems associated with wood being affected by water.
Keep Outside of the House Clean
When rainwater flows off the roof, it brings with it the mud, sand, and other debris that may have collected on the roof. What fell from the sky as clean water is now dirty water that can leave a trail on the house. The result of this could be the staining of doors, windows, and siding which could negatively affect the look of the house and force you to clean the house more frequently. The primary purpose of gutters is to direct water away from the house so that the water doesn’t flow straight down where it can cause trouble.
By doing this, the water that would have caused these unsightly features will now be directed well away from the house leaving the home with a cleaner outside look.
What a Disaster Recovery Team Can Do
Storm damages building
What a Disaster Recovery Team Can Do
When a large storm hits, your clients may be in need of a local disaster recovery team in their Viera, FL, area. A professional restoration service, such as SERVPRO, may be able to help. A recovery team has the ability to do a few things that may be just what your clients need. They include the ability to
- Respond to Larger Than Normal Damages
Sometimes storm damage may be larger than predicted. When this happens, you may want a team of restoration professionals who can respond to your client's needs quickly. Fortunately, SERVPRO is a locally owned and operated franchise capable of working together with other SERVPRO teams get the job done. However, as they are a franchise, they can call on corporate for additional resources as needed.
- Provide a Quick Response Time
When it comes to disaster recovery, you may want to know that you can get a quick storm response team to your clients. The faster damage can be protected and then repaired, the less likely additional damage may occur. The ability to get a team to the site in a timely manner may save time and money in the long run. SERVPRO has local offices around the country allowing them have professionals available at most locations.
- Provide the Tools Necessary for Large Repair Jobs
In the event of a large disaster it may be determined at large equipment is required to perform the job efficiently. A restoration team such as SERVPRO has access to the tools of the trade. This means that even in the case of a severe storm or major flooding, they can still begin restoration quickly.
A professional restoration service may be able to with any disaster recovery needs your clients may have. They usually have the ability to mobilize several teams for larger than normal damages. This may also include a faster response time. A professional team they also have the resources, including tools and equipment, necessary to deal with large jobs.
Restoring Documents After Water Damage
When a client's property suffers storm damage, it may be on more than just building. A document restoration service like that offered by a local SERVPRO in Viera, FL, can help your client get back on track. Documentation can include everything from account statements to invoicing, and the ability to salvage these can help save valuable time and money.
A professional restoration service can offer a number of ways to recover your client's documentation. These may include
- Freeze drying
- Gamma irradiation sterilization
Depending on damage type, these processes can be utilized to restore a variety of damage documents, including X-rays and photographs.
The process of document restoration involves the use of modern technology. Gamma irradiation is used to sterilize the documents without causing further harm. The documentation can then be freeze-dried which is a process approved by the National Archives. Your client can trust that their paperwork will not only be in safe hands but can be restored. Taking advantage of additional services, such as digitization, may offer further benefit.
In addition to document drying, SERVPRO offers several other services your clients may be interested in. They can also offer digitization services. This is the process of converting documentation into an electronic form so it can be stored on a server safely out of harm's way.
With a document restoration service your clients may be able to salvage documentation that was damaged along with their other property. A restoration team can use the latest technology to help get these important pieces of paperwork in order. They may also be able to digitize the documentation allowing for it to be backed up on to server, to help prevent any further loss. If you have any questions about what the service can do for your clients, a restoration professional may be able to help.