Hurricane Matthew

“Hurricane Matthew” – Latest update by NBC-2 Weather Team.

Regardless of Matthew’s brief downward trend, it remains a powerful category 3 hurricane moving toward Florida and is expected to be able to grow stronger before getting closer to the state.
Though the worst of the weather in connection with Matthew will be on the east coast of the peninsula, earlier today the National Weather Service expanded the tropical weather alerts in Southwest Florida in advent of Matthew’s push toward the state.

The expanded alerts means as of the Lee, coastal Collier, Charlotte and DeSoto counties are under a tropical storm watch.

A tropical storm watch means tropical storm-force winds are possible in the advised areas within the next 48 hours. In the case of incoming Hurricane Matthew, this means tropical storm force wind conditions are possible in the advised counties by Thursday evening.
ARE YOU PREPARED FOR A TROPICAL STORM OR HURRICANE?
·        Check your disaster supplies. Replace if needed
·        Ensure all your windows doors are closed and locked. Always be safe by securing your hurricane shutters if available or board up all windows & doors with plywood.
·        Secure your exterior home. Bring inside any potential flying hazards that can be lifted by the strong wind: ex: lawn furniture, garbage pails, loose branches, bicycles
·        Fill all automobiles with fuel
·        Keep small dollar bills in case of a power outage
·        Turn your refrigerator & freezer to the coldest setting (in case of outage, food will last longer)
·        Fill all prescription medications
·        Locate your Homeowners Insurance Policy. Understand your coverage depending on type of storm: Hurricane Deductibles might be higher than an common insurance claim. Do you have Flood Insurance?
o   Keep these documents in a safe place:
o   Insurance Carrier – for Homeowners/Hurricane and Flood Policy (These might be 2 separate policies)
o   Claim Center Contact Phone Number
o   Policy Number
o   Separate policy for Flood Damage
o   Insurance Agent Contact Numbers
·        Call Erickson’s Drying Systems before the storm hits, to ensure you are placed on our “Preferred Customer List” Phone# 866-277-7744 or 239-277-7744 or website: www.ericksonsdrying.com or email contact information to: info@ericksonsdrying.com (I would call first, then email to confirm)
o   If your home unfortunately gets struck by Disaster, Please Call The Erickson’s Emergency Team for assistance.

As a courtesy we have created a “Hurricane Checklist” that you can download and print by clicking here to help you prepare for this year’s Hurricane Season.

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Water Damaged Electronics. Erickson’s Drying Systems.

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It’s a terrible sinking feeling (pun intended) you get when you drop your iPhone, iPad or Android — or other expensive hand-held electronic device — into water, such as a sink, bathtub or (gross) toilet.
 
When that happens, you respond quickly. You dip your hand into the offending reservoir, grab the device and shake it vigorously, hoping against all odds that you can force all moisture out before permanent damage occurs.
 
You may even dunk your device into a bag of rice, hoping that online tip you read about rice pulling moisture from electronic devices is true. You may submit it mercilessly to the business end of a hairdryer until it is too hot to hold.
 
What’s the best thing to do when electronic devices suffer from water damage?
 
Some devices are water-resistant or water-proof. If that’s the case, quickly removing the device from the water and drying it might be all you need to do, along with hoping the manufacturer wasn’t overselling this benefit. Replacement might be the only option. Check your warranty. It may cover this type of accident.
 
If your device is the victim of a direct spray of water, quickly wiping it down, removing the battery (if possible) and cleaning as much of the interior as possible may solve the problem. With the power off, put the device under a heat lamp or even in direct sunlight — but not for too long. Too much direct heat can cause damage. The rice trick mentioned earlier only works for that last little bit of residual moisture. Remove as much moisture as you can before using rice or other absorbent compounds.
 
If your device, once dried, seems to work… that’s good. But don’t be surprised if you notice a decrease in performance over time. Residues can cause future problems, even resulting in total loss of power or performance.
 
Before any of this happens, you should protect your data, which is often more valuable than the device itself. Use a good online storage program.
 
The best bet, however, with water damaged electronics is to call your water damage professionals right away. Odds are, they have a contents restoration specialist on staff who can give you the guidance and help you need.

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How to Keep Safe After Flooding in Your Home.

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How Dangerous is Mold in Your Home? Erickson’s Drying Systems.

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Everyone wants the safest, healthiest home environment for their families. You would do anything to protect your loved ones from exposure to any substance that could cause them harm.

One of those feared substances is “mold” and with what you have seen in the news in recent years, exposure to harmful or “toxic” mold has affected the health of countless people — folks just like you.

This brings up the all-important question: Just exactly how dangerous is mold in homes?

That’s a tricky question, because there are many types of mold and mold is virtually everywhere. There is probably a little bit in your basement right now. Your shoes when you came home yesterday no doubt brought in a few mold spores. Mold spores can be in breathable space and travel in the air.

When you step outside, you are surrounded by mold. There’s nothing you can do about that. The main concern is usually what’s in the home, not outside, although if you are sensitive to mold you should avoid all damp areas that could promote mold growth, inside and out.

Some people are affected by even the smallest amounts of mold. They may have nasal issues, watery eyes, coughing and other physical reactions. A smaller segment of the population are very sensitive to exposure to mold, having severe reactions that can be life threatening. Others aren’t affected at all, and can be around and/or exposure to all types of molds with no apparent sensitivities.

The CDC has plenty of information for those concerned with mold in homes. One of the issues they raise is keeping moisture out of homes. “Mold will grow in places with a lot of moisture, such as around leaks in roofs, windows, or pipes, or where there has been flooding,” according to the CDC government website.

The issue is twofold if mold is growing in your home. You must clean it up or have it cleaned up, and you must fix the moisture problem. You can do your research on how to fix the problem, but the best solution is, no doubt, getting expert advice from your professional water damage restoration contractor or mold removal or remediation company. Keep your family safe. Call Erickson’s Today at 800-277-7744.

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WHAT TO DO AT HOME BEFORE DAMAGE OR LOSS.

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There aren’t many events that are more disturbing or more tragic than a flood or fire in your home.

Your home is a place to raise your family. It’s a place to feel safe and secure. So when an event occurs that takes it all away from you — even temporarily — it’s normal for a feeling of helplessness to overwhelm those in the family.

You need help. You need reassurance. You want everything to be back to normal and you can’t do it alone.

So you turn to your insurance company and your agent you have been paying faithfully for many years. All you want is for your valuable items lost in the disaster to be replaced.

That’s what insurance is for, right?

But then you discover the hassle of proving what you had in the home and the condition of the items. Sure, you may eventually get replacements for all your lost belongings, but it can take a lot of time as you haggle with the insurance adjuster.

How to avoid this

Now is the time to prepare. There are some simple steps you can take to ensure that if the unthinkable does occur — even if it is just your basement flooding from rain waters — you are prepared.

Step 1: Ask your insurance agent if he or she has a worksheet available so you can create an inventory of all your belongings. There are also online sites that have resources to document your belongings.

Step 2: Create the list of all your valuables, even those just valuable to you, and take video or photographs of everything. Be sure to scan all your paper receipts. If you don’t have a scanner, take close-up photographs of your receipts.

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Clogged AC Drain Lines Could Cost You!!

Summer is Fast Approaching…  Make sure your AC is working to Full Capacity. Avoid AC Leaks.

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