SERVPRO Press Release

SERVPRO’s Storm Response Team Offers Tips to Minimize Damage

GALLATIN, Tenn. (January 19, 2010) -- As a strengthening El Niño continues to dump rainfall across Southern California Thursday, many homeowners and business owners are facing water-damaged structures. The SERVPRO Storm Response Team is en route to the affected areas and wants the public to know the first several days after the disaster are critical to preventing unnecessary secondary damages. Consider the following steps you can take now to help minimize additional damage to your home, business and possessions.

If the water is considered “clean” water – if it has entered the property through a broken window or other direct route – follow these steps:

Once the authorities have said it is safe to enter your home or business, ensure your electricity is turned off and before entering the flooded structure. Remove and prop wet upholstery and pillow cushions for drying. Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting. Remove any valuable paintings and art objects to a safe, dry place. Wipe excess water from wood furniture after removal of lamps and tabletop items.

If the water has entered the structure through the flooding of a creek, stream or mudslide, or if it has filtered through insulation during its intrusion, it is considered to be black water and could be hazardous to your health. For this type of damage, avoid contact with contaminated items as much as possible.

“A lot of the victims of this flood will need professional services to clean up their homes and businesses,” said Don Turner, SERVPRO Storm Response Team Manager. “But we want them to know the steps they can take to help minimize damage until the professionals arrive.”

With more than 160 franchises in California alone, SERVPRO franchise professionals are on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week for emergency response. As a national leader in fire, water and mold cleanup and restoration, SERVPRO has recently mobilized its elite Storm Response Team for such disasters as Hurricane Gustav, the 2008 Iowa floods, the 2007 Ohio floods and the 2007 California wildfires. For more safety and restoration tips, contact your local SERVPRO Franchise or dial 1-800-SERVPRO.

Founded in 1967, the SERVPRO franchise system is a national leader and provider of fire, water, mold and other specialty cleanup and restoration services. SERVPRO's professional services network of more than 1,400 individually owned and operated franchises responds to property damage emergencies ranging from small individual disasters to multi-million dollar large-loss situations.