Are You Ready?

Emergency Ready Planning Tips Disasters come in endless varieties – sewage backflows, flooded basements, lightning strikes, earthquakes, wind damage, fires and hurricanes or even burst pipes. Whatever the cause, everything stops – abruptly.  If one happens at your home, would you be READY? We’ve compiled this list of things to keep in mind when preparing your home or office for general emergencies: Ask yourself: If you had to leave your home or business for three weeks, what would you wish that you had done?   Inspect every area and assess its vulnerability to water. Water is almost always a factor in disasters, whether from fire suppression, roof damage, plumbing failures, chemical spills or earth tremors, even when the damage originates on a remotely higher floor. Nothing but furniture and durable equipment should be stored directly on the floor. Paper records and items are instant casualties. Desk and table tops are vulnerable to water from sprinklers or runoff from higher floors, as well as to smoke and heat damage. Make sure important papers and files are put away in a filing cabinet or drawer. Take photos of each room in your house or apartment. Store these photos in a storage system such as Dropbox or the Cloud.  This gives you a digital inventory of the major contents in your house and what they looked like prior to water or fire damage. Back up your computers and keep the information where it’s easily accessible in an evacuation as well as at an offsite location. (This is particularly important for people who work from home.) Businesses should maintain a moderate stock of emergency...

Flooded Basements and Mitigating Damage- Columbus, Ohio

Have you experienced a flooded basement? For most people, uninvited water in their basement is more like a disaster than an inconvenience.  Situations like a flooded basement seem to happen at the worst possible time, usually when another of life’s curve-balls is being thrown. Whatever the cause, flooded basements are a major issue to the health, safety and structural integrity of your home. An immediate reaction to a flooded basement is key in saving your property and preventing further damage. Preparing for a flood is not on most people’s priorities, but when it happens, a quick list of what to do is invaluable. Here are the first steps to take when cleaning up a flooded basement Address Health and Safety issues Keep children and animals out of the basement and away from standing water and any aerosol effects from stagnant water. Depending on the source, water might be polluted with fecal matter or dangerous chemicals. Wear protective clothing like boots, coveralls, gloves, goggles or even a respirator when entering your flooded basement. Deactivate Services Before entering your basement, ensure all services are deactivated. This includes electricity that should be shut off at the main breaker panel and the gas valve being closed at the outside meter. Domestic water might have to be turned off at the street to stop a running water tank or burst line. Don’t guess at how to terminate services. If in doubt, ask for help from neighbors or service authorities. Stop the Flood Source The flood source may not be apparent, especially if the flood has been occurring for some time and a great deal...

We’re Hiring: Business Development Team

  We’re Hiring! THOMPSON BUILDING ASSOCIATES , Founded in 1978 is Central Ohio’s largest and oldest Insurance Restoration & Remodeling Company. Our growth opens up opportunity for a Business Development Representative who wants the security that only a stable and established company can offer, year round recession proof employment, and a chance to actually grow. We have an opening for a motivated, energetic, personable person to sell our name, brand and service offering to clients in Central Ohio. We have a compelling story to tell prospective clients and an array of services to assist clients needs and need YOU to tell it! Candidates should possess integrity, character, ambition for success. If you are looking for an exciting opportunity, and willing to learn, email us to become part of the Thompson Building Associates family! Responsibilities:   ·        Conduct target market research  ·        Manage small and medium sized business accounts  ·        Identify and qualify prospective partners and clients  ·        New partner acquisition and retention  ·        Partner relationship building  ·        Maintain existing partner retention  ·        Provide sales presentations and customer service to business partners  ·        Engage, develop, and maintain relations with prospective and current business partners  ·        Understand company’s needs and branding  ·        Partner updates  Qualifications:   ·        Excellent communication skills and confidence  ·        Highly detail oriented ·        Understanding of market and business practices  ·        Knowledge of company, product, and company needs  ·        Ability to think and cope in emergency situations ·        Business Degree or equivalent marketing experience preferred but not required  Benefits include:  ·        Advancement opportunity  ·        Work in an exciting and friendly environment  ·        Competitive Salary and commission structure and benefits  ·       ...

Water Damage and Water Removal/Extraction Columbus, Ohio

Water Damage and Water Removal/Extraction Columbus, Ohio Columbus, Ohio – Let’s face it, water is an important part of our everyday life. Without it, life on planet Earth wouldn’t be sustainable. Water also goes far beyond merely keeping us alive. It tastes great on a hot day, is essential for our morning shower routine, and even keeps our landscaping and grass looking their best. At the same H2O keeps us alive and everything looking great, it can also damage our homes and belongings. Sources of Water Damage In the Columbus, Ohio area we are at low risk when it comes to weather-related flooding situations. It’s a safe bet that no hurricanes or typhoons are going to be headed to our part of the world anytime soon. That doesn’t mean your home or business is exempt from water damage. Even without weather-related flooding, there remains a lengthy list of ways that water can damage can impact us. Listed below are just a few common circumstances that can potentially cause unwanted water intrusion and/or flooding inside your home or place of business. Leaking Roof Backed up Drain or Sewer Toilet Overflow Burst Pipe(s) Fire Suppression Aftermath Foundation or Basement Problems Sump Pump Failure Washing Machine Overflow Water heater leak Why Water Removal Can’t Wait Unlike mold, insects, smoke or other unwelcome intrusions, home and business owners don’t usually react with great urgency and concern when it comes to a water issue inside their dwelling. “It’s just a little water, right?” and “A little water never hurt anyone.” Contrary to popular belief, a “little water” has hurt plenty of home and business...

Getting Your Yard Ready for Spring

  Is your yard ready for Spring? It’s time to put the snow shovels in the back of the closet and pack your snow boots in the attic, spring is finally almost here! Now is the time to look at your yard and see what you can do to bring it back to life and get it looking great for the summer. Listed below are a few simple tips to help you get started. Shrubs and Tree Care Look for broken branches on your trees and shrubs caused by heavy snow and strong wind gusts. You could either prune and remove them yourself or hire a reputable landscaper / tree removal specialist to do so for you. For shrubs that bloom mid to late summer, the earlier you prune the better. They should be pruned late winter, early spring. For shrubs that flower in the springtime, prune the branches once the flowers fade. If you have a question about a tree in your yard, it is important to contact a professional tree company to take a look at it. A dead tree in your yard is not only unsightly, but it is also dangerous during a storm. If you have a dead tree in your yard, it should be removed as soon as possible by a tree service company. Before you have a company come to your home, make sure that they are fully insured. All tree debris should be removed from your yard once the tree and / or shrub work is complete. Lawn Care It is important to rake and thatch your lawn before the spring is in high...
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