What To Do If You Have a Fire

IF YOU HAVE HAD A FIRE OF ANY SIZE OR SMOKE DAMAGE OF ANY TYPE OR AMOUNT CONTACT ISC SERVICES AT 888-244-7337 IMMEDIATELY.

Not only is it important to prepare for the risk of fire, but it is also important to prepare for the aftermath should one occur.

  1. It is natural to think it will never happen to you. It is likely that you or someone you are close to will experience a fire or smoke damage. This is why it is vital to have a solid plan should an event take place! ISC Services has all the  vital contact information and effect protocols to assist in safety, secondary damage containment, Insurance Adjuster contact information and is a certified  Professional Fire and Smoke Restoration Company.
  2. If you are insured, contact your insurance company for detailed instructions on protecting the property, conducting inventory and contacting fire damage restoration companies, like ISC Services. Note: Insurance companies, Insurance Agents and Insurance Adjusters may recommend a Restoration Contractor. The property owner always has the right to choose their Repair Service Provider.   If you are not insured,  ISC Services can still provide necessary services and repairs to your home or business.
  3. Check with the fire department to make sure your residence is safe to enter. Be watchful of any structural damage caused by the fire.
  4. The fire department should see that utilities are either safe to use or are disconnected before they leave the site. DO NOT attempt to reconnect utilities yourself.
  5. Conduct an inventory of damaged property and items. Do not throw away any damaged goods until after an inventory is made. There are very effective inventory processes that should be followed to ensure maximum replacement claim values.
  6. Try to locate valuable documents and records. Remember: Important documents should always be stored in a Fire Resistant File Cabinet, Fire Resistant Safe or outside location. Eg. Safe Deposit Box. *Note: ONLY CONTENTS (a certified contents restoration company which ISC SERVICES partners with) is a highly skilled Document Restoration Specialist that can carefully restore damaged legal documents, medical documents, historical documents, books and other important papers.
  7. If the damage requires you to leave your home, contact the local police department to let them know the site will be unoccupied.    ISC Services can provide “Board-Up” services to provide additional security to Residential and Commercial Properties.
  8. Begin saving receipts for any money you spend related to fire loss. The receipts may be needed later by the insurance company and for verifying losses claimed on income tax.
  9. Notify your mortgage company of the fire.
  10. Check with an accountant or the Internal Revenue Service about special benefits for people recovering from fire loss.
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ISC is On-Site in Illinois Flood Areas Call 1.888.244-7337

Officials have toured flood damage in the Fox River Valley to the west of Chicago and declared four more counties disaster areas. That brings the total number of counties with disaster declarations to 41.

The recent rains have swollen many rivers and streams across the state to record or near record levels. Homes and businesses have been affected and thousands of people have been evacuated.

When your home floods, whether it is only the basement or your entire living space, you need the help of a company specializing in flood damage cleanup and water damage repair. ISC Services (www.iscservices.net) will work with you through the 3-step response to water damage.

Remove the Water

The first step in cleaning up after a flood is to remove the excess water from the home. In some cases, this will include repairing a plumbing issue or preventing further water invasion from a weather event.  Once the underlying cause is resolved, the excess water must still be pumped from the home. While there are several ways for you to remove the water yourself, it is best to rely on an experienced company like ISC Services (www.iscservices.net) to ensure the water is removed completely and safely.

Dry Out the Area

In addition to removing the water, it is important to continue the flood damage cleanup by completely drying out the area and its contents. Leaving any moisture behind increases the risk of secondary damage to both the stability and livability of the structure. When choosing a company to complete these repairs, a thorough check of its qualifications is important. Specific industry standards are in place to ensure proper methods and results.  ISC Services is a certified disaster recovery company and employs professionally trained technician.

Repair the Water Damage

Once the structure is water and moisture-free, water damage repair specialists can see exactly what repairs needs to be made. ISC Services will make sure your home is structurally sound and habitable. They will also evaluate your belongings to identify those needing to be repaired or restored and those that must be disposed of and replaced.

When your home floods, hiring professionals, like ISC Services, who specialize in flood damage cleanup and water damage repair is vital. Properly completing the restoration process will ensure that your home is returned to its original and livable condition. The specialists at ISC Services are fully trained and experienced in removing the water, drying out the area and repairing the damage so that you can quickly and confidently return to your home and your life.

ISC Services (www.iscservices.net) is available 24/7 if you need us call 1.888.244.7337

Even after the rain, some areas are getting worse because water levels continue to rise, especially in Peoria and other downstream communities along the Illinois River and its many tributaries.  The following reflects information issued by the National Weather Service:

THE FLOOD WARNING HAS BEEN EXTENDED FOR THE FOLLOWING RIVERS…  EEL RIVER AT NORTH MANCHESTER AFFECTING CASS…KOSCIUSKO…MIAMI…  WABASH AND WHITLEY COUNTIES TIPPECANOE RIVER ABOVE WINAMAC AFFECTING CARROLL…PULASKI AND WHITE COUNTIES SAINT JOSEPH RIVER OHIO BELOW MONTPELIER AFFECTING WILLIAMS COUNTY AINT JOSEPH RIVER OHIO NEAR ST. JOE RIVER FORT WAYNE AFFECTING ALLEN COUNTY TIFFIN RIVER NEAR STRYKER AFFECTING DEFIANCE…FULTON AND WILLIAMS COUNTIES SAINT JOSEPH RIVER MICHIGAN AT SOUTH BEND AFFECTING ELKHART…ST. JOSEPH AND BERRIEN COUNTIES SAINT JOSEPH RIVER MICHIGAN AT NILES AFFECTING ELKHART…ST. JOSEPH AND BERRIEN COUNTIES

…THE FLOOD WARNING CONTINUES FOR THE FOLLOWING RIVERS…TIPPECANOE RIVER NEAR ORA AFFECTING FULTON…KOSCIUSKO…MARSHALL…PULASKI AND STARKE COUNTIES   KANKAKEE RIVER AT DAVIS ROUTE 30 AFFECTING LA PORTE…ST. JOSEPH AND STARKE COUNTIES YELLOW RIVER AT KNOX AFFECTING MARSHALL…ST. JOSEPH AND STARKE COUNTIES SAINT JOSEPH RIVER OHIO ABOVE NEWVILLE AFFECTING ALLEN…DE KALB AND DEFIANCE COUNTIES SAINT JOSEPH RIVER MICHIGAN AT THREE RIVERS AFFECTING ELKHART…BRANCH AND ST. JOSEPH COUNTIES

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SPRING IS UPON US – IMPORTANT TIPS

April is upon us and with the full onslaught of Spring, we can expect rain. In our home state of Michigan we have already experienced large amounts of rain this year. However, not all rain falls gently to the ground and Spring also means Severe Weather Season and the potential for flooding.

These tips from the Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety are great for flood preparation as well as any potential severe weather or natural disaster threat to your home.

CREATE A PLAN. Become familiar with your community’s disaster preparedness plans and create a personal plan for your family. Identify escape routes from your home and neighborhood and designate an emergency meeting place for your family to reunite if you become separated. Also establish a contact point to communicate with concerned relatives.

CONDUCT A THOROUGH HOME INVENTORY. Thorough documentation of your belongings will help you file your flood insurance claim. In case of damage or loss through fire or flood, having an accurate valuation of your belongings is essential. Now is a great time to update or complete a home inventory. You’ll give yourself a better picture of what you own and what its worth. With the rising price of precious metals, a good look at your jewelry is certainly warranted and technology changes so quickly that your 6-year-old laptop is now obsolete.

Most insurance companies have home inventory checklists in their offices or on their websites. If you prefer the digital route, apps and software are available. Some apps even allow you to attach photos and serial numbers directly to the inventory so all the information you need in case of fire damage, water loss or theft is in one location. (Be sure to keep a current list offsite.)

Once you’ve completed a home inventory, keeping up with changes is a snap. Just add or remove items to maintain an accurate list.

A quick search for home inventory apps and software provides several choices.

Apple-compatible:
MyStuff2 by Richard Maddy
itemizer by Digital2Analog Software Inc.
belongings by Creative Pandas Sarl

Android-compatible:
MyHome Pro: Home Inventory by Access Lane, Inc.
Home Inventory Organizer by SmartWare Inc.
Home Inventory by Matiose Mobile

PAY ATTENTION. If flooding threatens, follow weather and news reports so you know how much danger you’re facing. Obey evacuation orders from local authorities.

There are many reasons why a home may suffer water damage. In most cases, the cause is a flood resulting from one of a variety of sources, including a burst pipe, a backed up sewage line, an actual flood or other storm damage. When your home floods, whether it is only the basement or your entire living space, you need the help of a company specializing in flood damage cleanup and water damage repair. ISC Services (www.iscservices.net) will work with you through the 3-step response to water damage.

Remove the Water

The first step in cleaning up after a flood is to remove the excess water from the home. In some cases, this will include repairing a plumbing issue or preventing further water invasion from a weather event.  Once the underlying cause is resolved, the excess water must still be pumped from the home. While there are several ways for you to remove the water yourself, it is best to rely on an experienced company like ISC Services (www.iscservices.net) to ensure the water is removed completely and safely.

Dry Out the Area

In addition to removing the water, it is important to continue the flood damage cleanup by completely drying out the area and its contents. Leaving any moisture behind increases the risk of secondary damage to both the stability and livability of the structure. When choosing a company to complete these repairs, a thorough check of its qualifications is important. Specific industry standards are in place to ensure proper methods and results.  ISC Services is a certified disaster recovery company and employs professionally trained technician.

Repair the Water Damage

Once the structure is water and moisture-free, water damage repair specialists can see exactly what repairs needs to be made. ISC Services will make sure your home is structurally sound and habitable. They will also evaluate your belongings to identify those needing to be repaired or restored and those that must be disposed of and replaced.

When your home floods, hiring professionals, like ISC Services, who specialize in flood damage cleanup and water damage repair is vital. Properly completing the restoration process will ensure that your home is returned to its original and livable condition. The specialists at ISC Services are fully trained and experienced in removing the water, drying out the area and repairing the damage so that you can quickly and confidently return to your home and your life.

ISC Services (www.iscservices.net) is available 24/7 if you need us call 1.888.244.7337

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Answers to 10 Common Questions After a Storm Strikes!

10 most common questions people have after a weather event

Picture this: A big storm hits your city. The question on everyone’s mind is: Now what? You’re not sure where to begin with the cleanup—or if it’s even safe to return to your home at all. At ISC Services (www.iscservices.net or 1-888-244-7337), we know how stressful a weather event can be. To help relieve some of your anxiety we’ve put together a list of answers to the 10 most common questions people have after a weather event. Store this list in a safe place, and the next time a storm hits you’ll be better prepared to deal with the aftermath.
How do I know if my water is safe to drink?
Immediately after a big storm that has caused citywide damage (such as a tornado or hurricane), you should not use tap water for brushing your teeth, preparing meals, washing fruits and vegetables, ice or as drinking water (for you and your pets). Your city may issue a boil order, meaning all water should be boiled for at least one minute before consumption. Your local media outlets will provide you with information on the state of the city’s water, including when it’s finally safe to drink it again!

If you have a well that was flooded, don’t drink the water or use it for bathing until you have checked with your local health department about disinfecting it.
How do I contact a loved one who’s in a storm-struck area?
When you’re watching a storm unfold on television from hundreds of miles away, it can be heart wrenching to think of your loved ones who are riding out the storm. Naturally, you will want to get in touch with them to make sure they’re safe. The first step is a phone call directly to your loved ones. Be aware, however, that electricity—including landlines—may be knocked out, and that the cell networks may be overwhelmed. It may be difficult to reach them directly. The good news is that cell phone providers are working on strengthening their networks in storm-prone regions for emergency situations, so this may not be as problematic as it has been in the past.
In the event of a major disaster, the National Emergency Family Registry and Locator System will be activated to help you find individuals and families displaced by the storm. The Red Cross also maintains a searchable Safe and Well list that you can check to see if your loved ones have registered themselves.
How do I begin drying out my home after it’s been flooded?
If you happen to return home after a storm and find that it’s been flooded, it’s natural to want to eliminate the intruding water as quickly as possible. If you pump all the water out of your basement or first floor at once, though, the pressure from the water-heavy soil outside could cause the entire structure to collapse! In the event that your home is severely flooded and you’re feeling overwhelmed, call a professional like ISC Services (1-888-244-7337) to help you survey the damage and restore your home to its former state.
How do I find a missing pet?
If poor Fido or Spot managed to get loose during the storm, first take a look around your neighborhood for any signs of your beloved pets. If you still can’t find them, call your local animal control office—they should have information on where lost pets are being housed, and you can make a trip to see if your pets are boarding there.

 

When is it safe to return to my home after a weather event?
Although it’s tempting to head to the comforts of home immediately after a traumatic storm like a tornado or hurricane, do not return to your home until officials determine that it’s safe to do so. Their evaluation will take water and sewage levels, electricity, natural gas levels and accessibility into account. The Environmental Protection Agency will likely be in contact with these officials and will announce when it is safe for residents to return to their homes.
How can I rid my home of smoke after a wildfire?
Cleaning your home after a wildfire depends on the amount of smoke exposure your home had. If the wildfires weren’t in your immediate region and the smoke smell is faint, you can use an air purifier to clean and remove pollutants from the air. If, however, your home was significantly affected by the fires, you need to call in a professional to restore your home and help protect the health of your loved ones from the effects of smoke damage.
What should I do if I smell gas or suspect a leak after a storm?
If you smell natural gas (which smells like rotten eggs), hear a hissing sound or see a broken gas line in your home after a storm, ventilate by opening a window or door and evacuate immediately. Do not turn on the lights, light a match or use the telephone in your home. Call the gas company immediately from a neighbor’s house or a local business; if you cannot get in touch with the gas company, call 911. Finally, don’t return to your home until you’ve been told that it’s safe to do so.
How should I evaluate my home after a weather event?
After a big weather event has passed and it’s safe to return home, you’ll have to evaluate your house for damage. Make sure you wear sturdy shoes and protective clothing, and bring a flashlight (not candles!) in case your electricity is out. You also should bring a camera and take photographs of every room to document the damage for insurance. Be cautious when entering your home, and be on the lookout for any frayed wiring that you’ll need to report to your electrical company. Watch out for broken glass and nails, and report any larger issues—downed power lines, gas leaks, or structural hazards—to the proper authorities immediately.
How do I help my children cope with what’s happened?
A natural disaster is frightening for everyone, but it’s especially traumatic for children who may not fully comprehend what has happened and why. After a storm, explain to your kids that storms are natural events. It may help to read a book with them that’s specifically geared toward the type of storm you’ve experienced. Listen to their fears and offer reassurance that the situation isn’t permanent. Finally, include your child in small clean-up activities—it can be comforting for kids to have something to do after the storm, and can help them feel like everything is returning to normal.
How do I cope after a disaster?
After surviving a terrifying natural disaster, it’s normal for you to feel dazed or numb. You may find you have trouble sleeping or experience frightening dreams, a loss of appetite, and you may even develop a shorter temper than usual. These are all natural reactions to stress.
To cope, try sticking to your regular schedule as much as possible. Do what’s best for your body—eat right, get enough sleep and exercise frequently. Talk through your feelings with a family member or friend, and limit your exposure to news stories revisiting the event. Finally, if the stress is too much for you to handle alone, seek help from a professional immediately. It will take time for you to heal from the weather event, and you don’t have to do it alone!

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Cleanup going full blast two weeks after Super Storm Sandy

Repairs must wait for qualified contractors

Dump runs, building/warehouse cleanup, fencing and roof repairs have been running almost nonstop since Super Storm Sandy descended on  New Jersey and New York two weeks ago, but major work largely awaits the arrival of available manpower to start the clean-up.

Contractors around the region contacted Thursday said many business owners and homeowners are clamoring for qualified people to help them. Some of these people are attempting to perform minor repairs but understand it will be necessary to hire a professional to properly mitigate their losses.

Contact ISC Services www.iscservices.net  Regarding Your Water/Storm Damage Emergency

1-888-244-7337

ISC Services has crews at the ready to help businesses and homeowners impacted by Super Storm Sandy

Water Removal Equipment

  • Moisture detectors, hygrometers and other meters measure the extent of moisture saturation.
  • Infrared camera may be used to identify water location for thorough water removal.
  • Submersible and gas-powered pumps for continuous pumping of high-level water.
  • Truck mounted and portable extraction units perform efficient water removal.

Sanitizing Agents, Germicides, & Anti-Microbial Treatments

  • Deodorization  products control odors from excessive moisture.
  • Disinfection products stop the growth of bacteria, fungi, mildew, and other harmful microorganisms.

Hi-Tech Drying Equipment

  • Drying equipment helps prevent property water damage like swelling and warping of floors, walls and furniture.
  • Industrial grade dehumidifiers minimize secondary water damage.
  • High-speed air movers create airflow across walls, carpets, pads and furniture, evaporating moisture.
  • Some situations call for special drying techniques that require state of the art equipment and training.

ISC Services works with all insurance carriers and will assure your property damage is handled by trained professionals.  Call us today at 888.244.7337

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ISC Services- We Are Insurance Claims Experts!

ISC Services (www.iscservices.net) at your service during these trying times. You can rest easy knowing that we work fast and efficiently to get your property/business and your life back to normal after the disaster.

Using the latest technology in disaster recovery, the experts at ISC Services (888.244.7337) provide complete loss management and restoration services to residential and commercial properties in the New Jersey area. Here’s how it works:

  • An insurance specialist at ISC Services can provide assistance in determining if an insurance claim is necessary.
  • ISC Services works with your insurance company and will assist you with all the necessary forms and paperwork. After you’ve submitted a claim to your insurance company, an adjuster will be assigned to your claim. You should receive a phone call, letter, or email from your assigned adjuster introducing him/herself and informing you of the general process of your insurance company.
  • ISC Services can assist you every step of the way giving you peace of mind knowing that your loss will be treated with the utmost care and respect from start to finish. We can assist your insurance adjuster evaluate the type and extent of damage sustained.
  • If a claim is deemed necessary, an ISC Services Insurance Specialist will be happy to assist you through the claims process.

When disaster strikes we are here to help. Call Us Now 888-244-7337

100% Satisfaction Guaranteed!

Not sure if you need to make an insurance claim? Call us –888-244-7337 we’ll analyze and advise. We work with all major insurance companies and can provide all the documentation required.

Whatever the nature of your loss – fire, water, sewage, molds or wind every loss is reviewed and analyzed by our team of highly trained insurance specialists to ensure the job is done correctly and covered.

We are committed to go the extra mile and do whatever it takes to minimize physical damage and business interruption.

When disaster strikes, trust ISC Services to help. Call Us Now 888-244-7337

Things to Know about Potential Health Issues:

Water damage in New Jersey homes and buildings is the leading cause of microbial contamination. If not handled promptly and properly, bacteria and fungus can quickly colonize and grow, posing potential health risks for inhabitants. Health problems can occur depending upon the quality of water that causes the damage and the length of time before remediation.

There are three different categories of water quality:

  • Category 1, or clean water, is the least contaminated. This category may include rainwater or broken water pipes and usually presents very little risks. However, as this water comes into contact with the ground and structures it can quickly degrade into Category 2.
  • Category 2, or gray water, contains considerable amounts of chemicals and contaminants and poses a greater health risk. Examples of gray water include water from a washing machine or an aquarium. A gray water contamination, within a short period of time and exposed to temperature changes, can turn into Category 3.
  • Category 3, or black water, is heavily contaminated and potentially contains sewage and other contaminants including pesticides, toxic chemicals and industrial waste. Health risks increase greatly when water damage includes black water contamination.

There are a number of different fungal contaminants commonly found in water-damaged environments. Some of the most common include certain species of Aspergillums and Penicillium. These species tend to colonize in continuously damp materials and are commonly found in house dust and on water-damaged wallpaper, wallboards, and other household materials. Other molds found after water damage can include Stachybotrys chartarum, Trichoderma, Fusarium, as well as others. These fungi prefer to colonize in extremely wet environments such as soaked wallboards and water reservoirs. All of these fungi are considered potential toxin producers and the mycotoxins from these molds can cause health effects.

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Hurricane Sandy Damage Cleanup

Hurricane Sandy appears to have easily caused more losses than last year’s Hurricane Irene, but final totals will be hard to come by for some time because of the scale of the disaster, catastrophe forecasting companies said on Tuesday.

Sandy left millions without power caused widespread flooding that may shut New York City’s subways for days, and killed potentially dozens of people up and down the U.S. east coast.

After Hurricane Sandy, lots of people are desperate in finding someone to help them with repairs to their home or business. It is always good to research about the available sources.

People can do these simple steps to verify if a certain business is trustworthy:

1. Go to google.com and search for ISC Services (www.iscservices.net)

2. Search the business name, and include the word “review”. People can also do a review search using the website of the business.

3. Check with the BBB for the accreditation of the business. ISC Services information is below:

BBB Accredited Business since 4/17/1998

Insurance Services Construction, Inc.  A+ Rating

Phone:  (888) 244-7337

(248) 786-0127 Fax: (248) 786-0426

1271 West Maple Road, Clawson, MI 48017

http://www.iscservices.net

In a matter of moments your home or business can be flooded with water. Who knew water damage could cause so much damage so fast? We can help!

When disaster strikes our goal is to restore your home or business while providing peace of mind as quickly as possible. Our team of trained, caring and professional water damage technicians is here for you and all your business needs.

ISC Services (www.iscservices.net) can be on site quickly, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. With rapid response, floors, walls, and personal property can often be restored. When you call (888-244-7337) our staff will give you the personal attention you deserve.

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