Friday, June 14, 2019

BBB Tip: Preparing for and Recovering from Flooding - News15 | Lafayette, LA - FOX 15

BBB Tip: Preparing for and Recovering from Flooding - News15 | Lafayette, LA - FOX 15


BBB Tip: Preparing for and Recovering from Flooding - News15 | Lafayette, LA - FOX 15

Posted: 13 Jun 2019 12:25 PM PDT

          With Hurricane season in full swing, the Better Business Bureau Serving Acadiana urges all homeowners to take care when choosing businesses and contractors to help with the cleanup work after a hurricane or any major storm.  Quick action can minimize disastrous effects on businesses and homes. According to FEMA, just one inch of water in a home can cost more than $25,000 in damage.

          Water Damage Restoration: What to Do When Your House is Flooded, BBB offers these tips:

·         Check your insurance policy – Flood damage is not covered by standard homeowners or renters insurance policies. In some high-risk flood areas, home and business owners may be required by law to carry flood insurance.

·         Repairing the damage – Don't make any permanent changes to your property until you get approval from your insurance provider. Take photos of the storm damage to show your insurance company.

·         Get multiple opinions – Shop around and get at least three different estimates before deciding on a contractor. Make sure the estimates are broken down the same way.  Research company profiles at BBB.org to find reputable contractors.

·         Ask for proof of liability, workers compensation, and licensing

·         Get everything in writing – Demand a written contract from anyone you hire. Clearly written, detailed proposals that are broken down into separate line items are a good sign that the contractor is being thorough and has prepared an accurate estimate. The following is a partial list of things your estimate or proposal should include:

1.    The type of material being used, manufacturer, and color

2.    Scope of work to be done, including material and labor costs

3.    Who is responsible for repairing/replacing exterior landscape or interior finishes that are damaged during the course of the work?

4.    Approximate starting and completion dates

5.    Payment procedures

6.    Length of warranty and what is covered, e.g., workmanship, water leakage, etc.

7.    Who will haul away the old materials and project waste? Is there an extra charge for this service?

·         Beware of Scams: It is also wise to be on the lookout for scammers who are seeking to take advantage of an owners haste to repair the damage. Here are a few red flags to be wary of:

1.    Door-to-door workers who claim to have leftover materials. If salespeople go door-to-door, check to see if your community requires them to have solicitation permits and ask for identification. Take your time to research the business before contacting them to pursue further details and agreements.

2.    A contractor who shows up unannounced and claims your home is unsafe. If you are concerned about possible structural damage in your home, have an engineer, architect, or building official inspect it. An unethical contractor may actually create damage to get work.

3.    Never pay in full for all repairs in advance. While many companies may ask for a deposit, BBB suggests that no more than one-third of the job be paid up front. Be sure the contract specifies the schedule for releasing payments to the contractor. The final payment should be made only after the work is complete and all subcontractors have been paid.

4.    Businesses without local addresses. When looking for a reputable business that can help with the cleanup, start by visiting bbb.org. Always ask for references and verify them independently.

          You can find more information on home improvement scams here. Go to BBB Scam Tracker to see if others have reported a scam, or to report a scam yourself.

Flood Preparedness: How to Prepare for a Flood Disaster

          If you haven't been affected by storm damage, you should still prepare in case of future disasters. Here are some simple steps that businesses and homeowners can take to reduce the impact of natural disasters:

  • Take pictures/video of your business or home as a point of reference in the event of an emergency.
  • Back up critical digital files on a portable external hard drive and store it away from the office.
  • Properly anchor fuel and propane tanks, so they don't float away in case of flooding. Also, ensure you keep your fuel levels full ahead of storms.
  • Have copies of your insurance policies on hand and have an electronic version available.
  • Collect family photos and other mementos in a centralized and easily accessible area, preferably in a watertight container.
  • Keep medicines together in a waterproof container.
  • Prepare an emergency kit with a change of clothes, weather appropriate footwear, flashlight, water, and battery or crank operated radio to monitor the weather without electricity.
  • Discuss your emergency plan with your family. Designate a "safe place" inside if you have to take shelter and a meeting place outside in case you have to evacuate.

"Look for the Seal" and Start with Trust®. BBB Serving Acadiana is a private non-profit organization. BBB strives for a trustworthy marketplace by maintaining standards for truthful advertising, investigating and exposing fraud against consumers and businesses.

Please contact Better Business Bureau at bbb.org 24 hours a day for information on businesses throughout North America. Consumers can also sign up for our free BBB "Scoop" eNewsletter by visiting bbb.org and clicking on the "Programs & Services" tab.

           BBB Serving Acadiana services the parishes of Acadia, Evangeline, Iberia, Lafayette, St. Martin, St. Landry and Vermilion.

Local News: The work begins after floodwaters recede (6/11/19) - Standard-Democrat

Posted: 11 Jun 2019 01:30 PM PDT

Members of the Illinois National Guard build up existing sandbag barriers to hold back floodwaters Monday along Brookwood Drive in East Cape Girardeau, Illinois.

Jacob Wiegand/Southeast Missourian

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. — As the Mississippi River at Cape Girardeau crests this week more than 14 feet above flood stage, clean up and restoration companies say it's important to address water damage quickly.

Meanwhile, the Better Business Bureau is advising consumers to beware of "fly-by-night" contractors offering to help clear flood debris and repair damaged structures.

According to the National Weather Service, the Mississippi River at Cape Girardeau crested Monday evening at 46.3 feet, 14.3 feet above Cape Girardeau's flood stage of 32 feet.

Several streets and highways throughout the area remain closed this week due to high water including sections of highways 74 and 25 between Interstate 55 and Dutchtown. In addition, Illinois Route 3 north of Jackson County is closed and a section of Route 3 between Illinois Route 146 and Gale, Illinois, was reduced to one lane Monday when floodwater covered part of the pavement.

According to Whitney Quick, regional director of the Better Business Bureau office in Cape Girardeau, floods and damaging rainfall are sometimes followed by "unscrupulous storm-chasing contractors seeking to cash in on the destruction."

She said it's not unusual for the BBB to take complaints about contractors who took deposits from property owners and did little or no work to repair water or storm damage.

"Storm victims need to do their due diligence and not be rushed into making a decision," Quick said. "Consumers should do their research to find qualified and reliable contractors before they sign a contract or pay any money."

More information about identifying reputable contractors and avoiding storm repair scams can be found on the Better Business Bureau's website, bbb.org.

Sources at two local water damage restoration companies -- Servpro and ServiceMaster -- say that while they've received some service calls related to flooding in recent days, most of the water damage they've seen has been more directly connected to excessive rainfall.

"We've had a lot of rain this year, so the ground is saturated," said Virgil Jones, owner of the ServiceMaster franchise in Cape Girardeau. "What's happening is it's leaching into people's basements because the ground is so saturated, but we haven't had a ton of calls that have been directly connected with river flooding at this point."

Jones said the situation would have been different years ago when more homes and businesses were located in flood-prone areas.

"After the last bad flood happened a few years ago, they tore down a lot of houses in the Red Star District of town, so there aren't as many houses there to flood anymore," he said.

"We're not getting a lot of 'emergency' calls, but instead we are hearing from people who are calling because they know their buildings are going to flood and they want to get on our list for cleanup," Jones said.

Some of those structures are near the junction of Highway 74 and Interstate 55 on the south side of Cape Girardeau. "Owners of buildings that are getting flooded now know they're going to get wet and they're prepared for it," he said, adding that it is important to address water damage as quickly as possible.

"As soon as water goes away you need to get on it," Jones explained. "It's really all about removing the wet building materials that won't dry including flooring, cabinets, drywall and insulation. Say the water goes up a foot in your house you need to take two feet of drywall out to be safe, and the sooner the better."

Kaleisha Walker, marketing support coordinator with Servpro in Cape Girardeau, agreed with Jones. "A lot of people don't realize when you have water damage there's a potential for mold damage as well," she said, adding flood water is typically more destructive than so-called "clean" water resulting from a broken water line or faulty plumbing.

"There are three different categories of water damage," Walker said. "Category 1 is clean water from your washing machine or something like that. Category 2 could be a toilet overflow and then category 3 is external water damage from the river or sewer or something similar."

Flood damage is often the most difficult to resolve and often requires removal of carpet, drywall and other building materials.

"The majority of what we're working on right now is water damage that resulted from storms, not necessarily from floods," Walker said.

Business Bulletin: Tips for navigating recovery from the storm - Chattanooga Times Free Press

Posted: 12 Jun 2019 08:10 PM PDT

Q. Locally, we have not experienced the flood and storm damage many have suffered in other areas. However, we always have the risk of those natural disasters. What advice may BBB provide to plan and protect our families and property?

A. The recent storms in many States have many homeowners dealing with flood damage. When flood damage does happen, quick action can minimize disastrous effects on businesses and homes. According to FEMA, just one inch of water in a home can cost more than $25,000 in damage. The Better Business Bureau urges all homeowners to take care when choosing businesses and contractors to help with the cleanup work.

To help property owners navigate the recovery and restoration process, BBB offers these tips:

Check your insurance policy. Flood damage is not covered by standard homeowners or renters insurance policies. In some high-risk flood areas, home and business owners may be required by law to carry flood insurance. To learn more about your state's requirements check with your Insurance Commissioner.

Repairing the damage. Don't make any permanent changes to your property until you get approval from your insurance provider. They may not fully reimburse you for repairs made without their permission. Take photos of the storm damage to show your insurance company.

Get multiple opinions. Shop around and get at least three different estimates before deciding on a contractor. Make sure the estimates are broken down the same way. Watch out for high-pressure sales tactics and less than trustworthy businesses — research company profiles at BBB.org to find reputable contractors. You can find more helpful tips on choosing a reliable contractor at www.bbb.org .

Ask for proof of liability, workers compensation, and licensing. Verify the contractor has the correct license to do work in your location. This protects you in case something happens while working on your property.

Get everything in writing. Demand a written contract from anyone you hire. Clearly written, detailed proposals that are broken down into separate line items are a good sign that the contractor is being thorough and has prepared an accurate estimate. The following is a partial list of things your estimate or proposal should include:

* The type of material being used, manufacturer, and color

* Scope of work to be done, including material and labor costs

* Who is responsible for repairing/replacing exterior landscape or interior finishes that are damaged during the course of the work? Make sure that your contract contains language addressing who is responsible for any damage that occurs due to the job.

* Approximate starting and completion dates

* Payment procedures

* Length of warranty and what is covered, e.g., workmanship, water leakage, etc.

* Who will haul away the old materials and project waste? Is there an extra charge for this service?

Next, think about how you should prepare for a flood disaster; you should still prepare in case of future disasters. Here are some simple steps that businesses and homeowners can take to reduce the impact of natural disasters:

* Take pictures/video of your business or home as a point of reference in the event of an emergency.

* Back up critical digital files on a portable external hard drive and store it away from the office.

*Properly anchor fuel and propane tanks, so they don't float away in case of flooding. Also, ensure you keep your fuel levels full ahead of storms.

* Have copies of your insurance policies on hand and have an electronic version available.

* Collect family photos and other mementos in a centralized and easily accessible area, preferably in a watertight container.

* Keep medicines together in a waterproof container.

* Prepare an emergency kit with a change of clothes, weather appropriate footwear, flashlight, water, and battery or crank operated radio to monitor the weather without electricity.

* Discuss your emergency plan with your family. Designate a "safe place" inside if you have to take shelter and a meeting place outside in case you have to evacuate.

Finally, when disasters happen, it is also wise to be on the lookout for scammers who are seeking to take advantage of an owners haste to repair the damage. Here are a few red flags to be wary of:

Door-to-door workers who claim to have leftover materials. If salespeople go door-to-door, check to see if your community requires them to have solicitation permits and ask for identification. Avoid agreeing to front porch sales pitches. Instead, take your time to research the business before contacting them to pursue further details and agreements.

A contractor who shows up unannounced and claims your home is unsafe. If you are concerned about possible structural damage in your home, have an engineer, architect, or building official inspect it. While most roofing contractors abide by the law, be careful allowing someone you do not know to inspect your roof. An unethical contractor may actually create damage to get work.

Never pay in full for all repairs in advance. Avoid paying with cash and instead use a credit card if possible as it may provide you additional protection if there's a problem. While many companies may ask for a deposit, BBB suggests that no more than one-third of the job be paid up front. Be sure the contract specifies the schedule for releasing payments to the contractor. The final payment should be made only after the work is complete and all subcontractors have been paid.

When looking for a reputable business that can help with the cleanup, start by visiting www.bbb.org . If a company doesn't have a permanent place of business, this may be cause for concern. Always ask for references and verify them independently.

Go to BBB Scam Tracker, www.bbb.org/scamtracker to see if others have reported a scam, or to report a scam yourself.

Jim Winsett is president of the Better Business Bureau in Chattanooga

E and K Concrete and E and K Restore of Georgia Retains Findit to Manage their Local Online Marketing Campaign - Yahoo Finance

Posted: 13 Jun 2019 09:40 AM PDT

ATLANTA, GA / ACCESSWIRE / June 13, 2019 / Findit, Inc. (OTC PINK: FDIT) a Nevada Corporation that provides online marketing services has been selected to head up E and K Concrete and E and K Restore of Georgia online marketing campaigns. The campaigns will begin with 3 areas that will be targeted and 2 services. The 3 locations are Fayetteville, McDonough and Buckhead Atlanta areas. The services will be Water Damage and Restoration for McDonough and Fayetteville and Concrete for the Buckhead area.

Services began today. The services include SEO, Findit Sites, content writing and one video produced by Findit. The sites Findit will be working on are eandkconcreteandstone.com and eandkrestore.com.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M5n2blR9vao

Each of the service areas Findit is providing E and K will help to achieve the overall goal of increasing E and K's overall online presence in search and social in the three towns for the services we are targeting.

The services are broken into specific tasks that are done in-house by Findit's team of online marketing specialists.

  • SEO new web pages that we are adding to both of the websites listed above,
  • Build out 3 Location Findit Site URLs. These will consist of the names of the 3 towns being targeted and each one will have a URL for the services. Each Findit site will host content that is created to improve overall indexing and to drive traffic to the company websites.
  • 1 Video script written and produced by Findit. The Video will be focused on Concrete and Water Restoration services offered by E and K. The video will be added to corporate website on various pages and included in blogs that are published on the site. The videos will also be used in posts created on Findit, for E and K Concrete and E and K Restore.

The initial campaign set up, will take several days. Once the pages are created on site and in Findit writers will begin to create posts through Findit Right Nows.

Peter Tosto of Findit stated "We are thrilled to have been chosen to assist James at E and K with the growth of their businesses. James and I spoke several times to come up with the right services he offers and the best 3 towns to start with. Like Inspector Roofing who signed up with us on May 31st and is already seeing search results on page one of Google we are looking to achieve the same tangible results for James and E and K Concrete and E and K Restore."

Findit offers online marketing services to an array of businesses. General Contractors, roofers, pool builders, pest control companies, CBD wholesalers and retailer and other local service oriented businesses tend to do very well with Findit's online marketing strategy. Anyone can join Findit and utilize the Findit services to assist in their online marketing strategy.

From website development and design to content creation, Findit can build a customized marketing campaign to meet your specific needs and budget. Discuss your marketing needs and get your questions answered at 404-443-3224.

Get the Findit App and post your before and after pictures from your contracting jobs.

Findit App Google Play Store

Findit App in Apple App Store

Findit.com Overview

Findit is a social media content management platform offers paid for services such as web design and development, PPC campaign management, content creation, blog creation and Findit Vanity URLs in addition to providing members of Findit content driven tools through every members' dashboard, where they can use Findit for free to create Right Now Status Updates in their own Findit Site pages. A right now status update is a piece of content that can contain a description, photos, a video link, an audio file, and more. Content on Findit can be shared to other social sites by members and visitors and can also be crawled and indexed in outside search engines.

About E and K Restore

E and K Restore specializes in and handling all tyoes of damage and repair and disaster restoration. This includes but is not limited to Fire Restoration, Water Restoration, Smoke Damage Repair and Restoration Clean up and inspection of Water damage, Sewage Clean up , Mold testing and Removal throughout Buckead and the Atlanta area.

About E and K Concrete and Stone

E and K Concrete company family owned and operated. As a family-owned operation, we have more than 20 years of experience in all things concrete, from driveways and foundations to building retaining walls and other block work.Customer satisfaction is our goal in providing services that will meet all of our customers' needs.

About Findit, Inc.

Findit, Inc., owns Findit.com which is a Social Media Content Management Platform that provides an interactive search engine for all content posted in Findit to appear in Findit search. The site is an open platform that provides access to Google, Yahoo, Bing and other search engines access to its content posted to Findit so it can be indexed in these search engines as well. Findit provides Members the ability to post, share and manage their content. Once they have posted in Findit, we ensure the content gets indexed in Findit Search results. Findit provides an option for anyone to submit URLs that they want indexed in Findit search result, along with posting status updates through Findit Right Now. Status Updates posted in Findit can be crawled by outside search engines which can result in additional organic indexing. All posts on Findit can be shared to other social and bookmarking sites by members and non-members. Findit provides Real Estate Agents the ability to create their own Findit Site where they can pull in their listing and others through their IDX account. Findit, Inc., is focused on the development of monetized Internet-based web products that can provide an increased brand awareness of our members. Findit, Inc., trades under the stock symbol FDIT on the OTC Pinksheets.

Safe Harbor

This press release contains forward-looking information within the meaning of Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the "Exchange Act"), including statements regarding potential sales, the success of the company's business, as well as statements that include the word believe or similar expressions. Such forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause the actual results, performance or achievements of Findit, Inc. to differ materially from those implied or expressed by such forward-looking statements. This press release speaks as of the date first set forth above, and Findit, Inc. assumes no responsibility to update the information included herein for events occurring after the date hereof. Actual results could differ materially from those anticipated due to factors such as the lack of capital, timely development of products, inability to deliver products when ordered, inability of potential customers to pay for ordered products, and political and economic risks inherent in international trade.

CONTACT:

Peter Tosto
Tel: 1-404-443-3224

SOURCE: Findit, Inc.

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