The 2020 Hurricane Season Is Here

 

 

 

 

The 2020 Hurricane Season is upon us, and The National Hurricane Center predicts it to be a busy season! With COVID-19 still a reason for concern, we suggest everyone being extra prepared this year. We have put together a few links and resources to help you this Hurricane Season.

Here is an excerpt from the National Hurricane Center:

“The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is predicting an “above-normal” 2020 Atlantic hurricane season, with 13 to 19 named storms.

NOAA forecasters said that six to 10 of those storms will become hurricanes and three to six of those would become major hurricanes with 111 mph winds or higher.

NOAA said there’s a 60% chance of an above-average season, a 30% chance of a near-normal season, and just a 10% chance of a below-normal season. Forecasters from NOAA update their predictions in early August.”

 

Remember Erickson’s Emergency Water Removal is Available 24 Hours A Day Seven Days Week! Who you Call Makes A Difference! 239-277-7744

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Erickson’s COVID-19 Response

CORONAVIRUS DISCLAIMER

Although Erickson’s Drying Systems follows industry standards and the protocol promulgated by the Center for Disease Control Prevention, there is no testing or cleaning method that exists to ensure total ERADICATION OR elimination of the coronavirus. Erickson’s Drying Systems guarantees that its cleaning protocol limits the spread and threat of coronavirus.  However, EricKson’s Drying Systems cannot guarantee with 100% certainty the total eradication or elimination of THE CORONAVIRUS.

We now face the unfortunate reality that the Corona Virus(COVID-19) has now made it to Lee, Collier,  Charlotte, Manatee and Hillsboro Counties. Although it’s not time to panic, we should all be aware, educated and prepared to deal with this situation. To all our commercial and healthcare clients, Erickson’s is fully prepared to respond, shall you need us!

Our staff is trained and ready to establish advanced hygiene and disinfection in any commercial environment and we work with several products rated to deal with the COVID-19 virus.

With clients like Moffit Cancer Center, Tampa General and Gulf Coast Hospital we have the experience and credentials to help you deal with this issue.

Call us at 239-277-7744 if you need our assistance

 Important Links

CDC Coronavirus(COVID-19)

NewsPress Lee County Coronavirus(COVID-19) Info

NBC2 Everything you need to know about COVID-19

From The CDC

Older adults and people who have severe underlying chronic medical conditions like heart or lung disease or diabetes seem to be at higher risk for developing more serious complications from COVID-19 illness. Please consult with your health care provider about additional steps you may be able to take to protect yourself.

Know How it Spreads

  • There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
  • 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 or sneezes.
  • These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.

Take steps to protect yourself

Clean your hands often

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

Avoid close contact

Take steps to protect others

Stay home if you’re sick

Cover coughs and sneezes

  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow.
  • Throw used tissues in the trash.
  • Immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, clean your hands with a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.

Wear a facemask if you are sick

  • If you are sick: You should wear a facemask when you are around other people (e.g., sharing a room or vehicle) and before you enter a healthcare provider’s office. If you are not able to wear a facemask (for example, because it causes trouble breathing), then you should do your best to cover your coughs and sneezes, and people who are caring for you should wear a facemask if they enter your room. Learn what to do if you are sick.
  • If you are NOT sick: You do not need to wear a facemask unless you are caring for someone who is sick (and they are not able to wear a facemask). Facemasks may be in short supply and they should be saved for caregivers.

Clean and disinfect

  • Clean AND disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks.
  • If surfaces are dirty, clean them: Use detergent or soap and water prior to disinfection.
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Categories of Water Damage.

Even the smallest amount of water that intrudes into your home can quickly gravitate from a nuisance to a significant issue. And a water intrusion that involves hundreds or thousands of gallons of water may mean you become homeless for a short time, while the repair is performed
 
Did you know that water losses are given classifications? One water loss isn’t always like the next. There are differences.
 
Many water damage situations involve a basement, and often a sump pump failure. Others are from leaky pipes or even broken pipes. When this occurs, along with other types of water loss situations, did you know the water type is classified by professional water damage restoration experts as “clean?” That’s right. Even if it looks dirty, because of a lower amount of potentially hazardous contaminants in the water, it is given a “Category 1” classification. However, this type of water loss can quickly escalate into a more dangerous situation, if not removed and affected materials dried out quickly.
 
Then we have water damage situations that may contain potentially hazardous contaminants and bacteria that could be harmful to your health. An example would be a toilet that overflows, that doesn’t involve raw sewage. This would be a “Category 2” classification. A Category 1 can become a Category 2 if left unattended, because of bacteria and microbial growth occurring over time.
 
And it gets worse from here. A “Category 3” water damage situation is “black” water and is always considered dangerous to the health of occupants in a home or building. An example would be a raw sewage backup and contamination. Another would be flood waters, since you aren’t sure of the source of the water or where it has been. The contamination involved would dictate wearing personal protective equipment and even respirators. Never risk your health.
 
For Category 1 and Category 2, there is a chance you could extract and dry the area yourself. Often, it ends up in frustration and even mold growth. But for Category 3, never attempt this on your own. In fact, play it safe. Always call a professional water damage company when you have any type of flooding situation in your home. After all, it pays to call Erickson’s at 239-277-7744

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Create Your ‘Go Bag’. Erickson’s Drying Systems

Floods, fires, high wind and other damaging events caused by inclement weather can happen anywhere, anytime and to anyone.

Thinking and planning ahead can give you peace of mind.

One great way to plan ahead is to create an emergency preparedness kit, or as some call it, a go bag, which is a backpack, small suitcase or other type of container packed with essential items you might need in the event of an emergency, especially if you are evacuated from your home.

While it is true odds are in your favor that you may never have to evacuate your home or relocate on a temporary basis, when it does happen, your basic needs will be cared for if you have a go bag ready to… go.

When you build your own go bag, remember that one size does not fit all. In other words, there is no perfect list for you or your family, just suggestions. You must base your own go bag contents on what you need.

What should your go bag include? Several essential items, such as:

Bottles of water
Non-perishable foods
Flashlight with spare batteries
First-aid kit
Necessary medications
Personal hygiene items
Warm clothing
Emergency cash
Copies of important papers
Any essential pet care items, such as food and leashes

Don’t forget other items that may not be considered if you are in a rush, such as cell phone chargers for your mobile phones, extra keys to your home

When you compile your food items, think protein… such as in protein bars, nuts, beef jerky, just to list a few. When you visit your local grocery store you will be surprised how many options you have available to you.

Some people even include battery-operated radios, whistles, pocket knives and multi-tools, butane lighters, dust masks, maps, notebook and pen or pencil, extra eyeglasses and more.

When disaster strikes, don’t forget you have some expert help and advice from Erickson’s. We will be there to help you restore or rebuild what you have lost. Give us a call at 239-277-7744

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The True Value of a Restoration Company. Erickson’s Drying Systems.

 


When a fire, flood, water leak, mold growth or other issue that makes your home either inhabitable or just an inconvenience to deal with, you must decide “Will I clean this up myself, or hire a pro?”

 
While some small, minor “disasters” can be tackled by a do-it-yourselfer, most restoration projects are best left to the pros.
 
Here’s why.
 
Safety
 
Obviously, keeping your family and loved ones safe is important to you. When dealing with disaster issues, what might seem like a minor issue may actually be a dangerous situation. Water damage, even from the smallest leaks, can result in mold growth. Wet materials that might seem to be drying out could hold moisture in hidden areas. Smoke from a fire can be dangerous as well.
 
Back to normal
 
Anyone that has never suffered from a loss might not understand the emotions, frustrations and feeling of hopelessness that are common during a restoration project. Using a professional company means things move along quickly, and you are back in your home or able to use damaged rooms as soon as possible. Doing it yourself can make the project drag on for days longer than necessary, often with undesirable results.
 
Insurance coverage
 
Water, fire, smoke, wind, mold… what’s covered? And what’s not? Insurance policies are difficult to interpret, yet a professional disaster restoration company works with insurance companies every day, so they are best equipped to help you through the process of dealing with insurance agents and adjusters. You want to be treated fairly and receive fair coverage from your insurance company. Having a qualified, reputable restoration contractor in your corner helps with the entire process.
 
Do what’s right. Call Erickson’s at 239-277-7744 when you suffer any type of loss.

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What is that Mysterious Mustiness?

 

It’s easy to know where musty or moldy odors are coming from after you have suffered from a water damage, which happens from a broken pipe, overflowing toilet or flooding from rainwater, to mention a few.
 
But what do you do when you notice a mysterious “musty” odor in your home? Nothing is broken. There was no big storm. The sump pump is chugging away like normal.
 
Mysterious musty odors can be caused by a variety of situations. Figuring out where they are coming from and remediating them is the challenge.
 
What are some common causes?
 
Leaky drains are a cause of musty odors. If the leak is very slow, water can drip, drip, drip… and over time cause damage under sinks. You don’t notice it because it’s hidden, and the amount of water is contained in a small area. But you start to notice the smell, that mysterious mustiness that you are determined to eradicate.
 
Severe condensation on windows is easy to see but often homeowners don’t appreciate the damage potential. This odor-causing issue is caused by excessive moisture in the home, especially in the winter when windows draw the moisture onto cold surfaces. The moisture itself isn’t the problem. The problem is when the moisture moves down into the window sills and any natural woodwork or even wall interiors get wet and create that mysterious musty odor.
 
What can you do? Do an inspection. Look at all areas in your home that water can intrude or accumulate. Your restoration pros have the equipment to do it right, with moisture meters and special cameras that detect moisture.
 
Be smart. Give us a call at 239-277-7744

 

Posted in Mold Remediation, Prevention, Water Damage |