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SERVPRO Holiday Safety Tips For Commercial Properties
The holiday season is here, bringing festive parties, cold winter weather, and plenty of other workplace hazards. SERVPRO is here to help keep your property and workers safe, happy, and healthy during the holidays with some practical disaster prevention tips.
1 Decorate with care
Holiday decorations can keep the workplace mood cheery and festive. Keep high-traffic areas clear of decorations to avoid any mishaps. The best places to decorate are reception areas, lobbies, break rooms, and foyers.
Be mindful of the weather as you hang decorations. Strong wind and heavy snow or ice can cause damage to your decorations, buildings, trees, and other property if you aren’t careful.
After you hang all your decorations with care, walk about your property as if you are a customer, employee, or visitor. Can you see all the appropriate entrance and exit signs? Is everything easily accessible? Are there any tripping hazards? Are there any potentially dangerous decorations within reach of young children? Check to be sure all the fire extinguishers, strobe alarms, and other safety apparatus are visible and unobstructed.
2 Keep decorations aglow and avoid fire hazards
Make sure you select noncombustible or flame-resistant decorations. Unfortunately, many decorations are flammable. Keep them away from heat registers, radiators, stoves, and other heat sources.
Avoid using candles and other open-flame decorations around commercial buildings. It’s easy to knock them over or forget about them when everyone goes home at the end of the day.
If you decide to hang exterior lights, make sure you choose lights that are suitable for outdoor use. Fasten them to the building, walls, trees, and other places with appropriate light clips instead of tacks, staples, nails, or other things that might puncture the electrical cord.
Avoid linking more than three strands of lights together and use as few extension cords as possible. This reduces the risk of electrical fire and avoids overloading extension cords and electrical outlets.
It’s best to turn off all holiday decorations when the building is closed. This significantly reduces the risk of electrical fires and other mishaps.
3 Be prepared for a “white Christmas” with snow and ice removal
Do you have plans or the right equipment to handle any snow or ice that might come your way? It’s best to have a plan before the first snow or ice storm of the season.
Walkways, parking lots, and other areas can become slippery very quickly when rain or snow freezes. Improper snow and ice removal can also block access to fire hydrants, handicap parking, loading docks, and other critical areas.
It’s easy to forget to stock up on snowmelt, deicer, and other supplies to deal with winter weather. Make sure everyone stays safe this holiday season by preparing for whatever winter throws at you.
4 Keep your building toasty warm and dry
During the cold winter months, your HVAC system is working overtime to keep the people in your commercial property toasty warm. Don’t forget to schedule a full HVAC inspection to make sure everything is running efficiently. Reduce the stress on your HVAC system by turning off cooling systems that aren’t necessary.
Have the roof, weather stripping, and insulation inspected before winter weather sets in. The temperature changes and precipitation during the winter months can be hard on any roof. Repairing holes, leaks, or damage prevents energy loss and helps your HVAC system run more efficiently. It can also help prevent frozen pipes and damage from water leaks.
5 Avoid a frozen pipes incident
Frozen might be an adorable kids movie, but it’s best to avoid any workplace reenactments. Even a cold draft can cause a pipe to freeze, especially in older, poorly insulated buildings. This is particularly dangerous during the holidays when business hours might be shorter, and fewer people are around your property to find leaks before they cause significant damage.
When pipes freeze, the water expands. The pressure can cause the pipe to crack. Not only will this disrupt the water supply to the entire building, but it can also cause significant water damage and even flooding. The water leak can lead to mold and mildew damage.
Winterize your property before winter settles in. Make sure your pipes are appropriately insulated to prevent them from freezing and bursting (especially pipes that run along exterior walls). Make sure all shutoff valves and levers are in good condition. Run water at a slow drip to prevent pipes from bursting if they do freeze, especially if your building will be unoccupied for any length of time.
SERVPRO technicians are standing by throughout the holiday season to respond to any disaster. Whether the holiday potluck ends with a kitchen fire or a frozen pipe spills water, we will help you recover and return to normal quickly. Contact us today to learn more about our commercial restoration services.
What To Expect From SERVPRO Commercial Restoration Services
If your business needs water or fire damage restoration, it is essential to choose a company that has experience restoring commercial properties. SERVPRO is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, and our experts are highly trained to help any business recover as quickly as possible. Here is what you can expect from SERVPRO and our process of restoring your commercial property to its original condition.
As soon as the fire is out, the storm is over, or the water main is turned off, our SERVPRO technicians will begin assessing your commercial property. We inspect to determine the extent of the damage and create a plan of action for restoring your building and property.
Often, in the case of fire, water, and mold, the damage is more extensive than it appears on the surface. Our technicians will use all available resources like sensors, probes, and cameras to assess the condition of your entire building to make the right repairs and prevent future problems.
When SERVPRO is dealing with commercial restoration, our technicians will also seal any leaks or address any immediate problems that could cause further damage. This might require putting tarps on a roof, repairing a pipe, or other preventative measures.
2 Contact the insurance company.
As soon as there is damage to your commercial property, contact SERVPRO. Some insurance companies may try to deny or limit coverage if they believe you did not take steps to minimize damage or prevent further destruction.
As soon as SERVPRO is on the way, notify your insurance company. Your insurance company will provide a claim number. If you would like our SERVPRO experts to help, give the claim number to the administrator assigned to your case. We will work with your insurance company on your behalf to provide documentation and begin processing your claim.
SERVPRO franchises will work with nearly every insurance company, and many insurance adjusters prefer to work with us because SERVPRO is a full-service provider.
Once our restoration experts assess the damage and create a plan of action, the first step is to clean the property.
If your commercial property suffered water damage, the type of water damage would determine the cleaning process. Contaminated “black water” is much more challenging to clean than stormwater or a leaking pipe. Our experts will remove the water and use industrial dryers, fans, and dehumidifiers to remove all the moisture from the building.
Cleaning up after a fire is also a complicated process. Fire damage can compromise the structural integrity of your building. Our technicians will board up or tarp damaged areas to maintain security and prevent further damage.
After removing the water from the sprinkler systems or fire trucks, SERVPRO technicians begin removing soot and smoke from the building. Soot is very greasy and difficult to clean, and the smoke smell is notoriously challenging to get rid of. It’s essential to use the proper chemicals and techniques to prevent further damage. SERVPRO uses industrial air scrubbers, ozone machines, and fogging equipment to handle all the chemical and smoke odors. Our technicians use chemicals to kill bacteria and seal surfaces so the smells don’t return or linger.
Our SERVPRO teams include odor control specialists, upholstery and fabric cleaning technicians, and fire and smoke restoration experts. We ensure everything is clean and sanitized for your safety and to prevent future problems, like mold or bad smells.
4 Restore vs. replace, including your documents
Our goal is to restore everything to pre-damage conditions. SERVPRO believes it is essential to clean and restore as much as possible. This “restore first” attitude saves you money and helps you get your business back up and running more quickly.
Document restoration is another critical step in getting your business back up and running. If your business suffered any water damage, your documents might be exposed to sewage, bacteria, pesticides, or harmful chemicals in addition to water.
Our technicians use the latest vacuum freeze-drying method and gamma irradiation technology to dry, sterilize, and preserve damaged documents. Our drying processes are the only methods approved by the National Archives and Records Administration!
Our facilities are secure and HIPAA master-certified, so we can properly handle sensitive information. We can even use or computerized inventory system to digitize your documents.
Once everything is properly dried, cleaned, and sanitized, our restoration team will work to repair everything. Our goal is to return your business to the pre-disaster condition. Whether that requires minor repairs like replacing drywall, installing new flooring, or painting or it demands total reconstruction, our repair teams are up for any size project.
From start to finish, our SERVPRO team will work with you and your business to ensure the restoration process is as smooth and efficient as possible. But, you don’t have to wait until disaster strikes.
Contact us today to set up your SERVPRO Emergency READY Program (ERP), so you are prepared for any incident. The ERP profile includes information like emergency contacts, locations for all your shut-off valves, and other vital details that you, your employees, and the emergency response team will need. You might not be able to prevent every accident or disaster, but you can be prepared for them!
Commercial Water Damage
Water damage can strike a commercial property without warning and cause devastating damage to the building and businesses inside. In 2016 water and freezing damage ranked second in the top ten most common insurance claims for small businesses and the eighth most expensive insurance claims. The average insurance claim for water damage was $17,000.
SERVPRO has expert technicians standing by 24/7 to take action if flooding or water damage strikes your commercial building. Whether it’s a broken pipe or a significant leak in the roof that causes water damage, do you have a plan to respond?
Common causes of water damage in commercial buildings
The most common causes of water damage in commercial buildings are plumbing malfunctions and broken or frozen pipes.
When the temperatures fall below freezing outside, your building’s pipes may freeze. The water inside the pipes turns to ice and expands, putting pressure on the pipes until they crack. This can cause significant damage since it most frequently happens overnight or during the weekend when nobody is around to catch the situation early.
Another common cause of major water damage in commercial buildings is malfunctioning toilets. Old toilets or those with weak water pressure are prone to clogging. Repeat clogs may cause a toilet to back up and spill dangerous “black water,” which is difficult and costly to clean up.
Corroded pipes are another “usual suspect” in water damage.
Underground pipes can deteriorate over time when they are exposed to corrosive bacteria, different soil conditions, and invading tree roots. Over time, pipes become weak and eventually burst, causing significant water damage to buildings and surrounding areas.
Avoiding Water Damage
You might not be able to prevent all water damage situations, but there are many easy things businesses and commercial property owners can do to prevent water damage or minimize the impact.
Unlike residential properties, commercial buildings tend to have large HVAC units, an extensive network of pipes, and a bird’s nest of wires, ducts, and other components to maintain. One of the easiest ways to avoid water damage is to hire a professional to conduct regular inspections.
Catching problems and making repairs early can save thousands of dollars and a lot of inconveniences.
Keeping gutters, downspouts, and drainage areas clean and clear is essential in preventing flood damage. Make sure the building manager or other responsible parties stay on top of regular maintenance that can keep potential accidents at bay.
To prevent pipes from freezing, keep the thermostat set at a minimum of 55 degrees. This is the easiest way to avoid water damage from burst pipes.
Create an emergency response plan
Before there is a water damage situation, have a plan of action or emergency response plan. Do members of your team know where the major water shut-off valves are? Do key team members know whom to contact in the event of a water pipe burst or other emergencies? Is this information and plan of action written in an easily accessible location?
It is wise to create and go over the emergency plan with key team members before there is a high-stress situation. Make sure there is a trusted individual who has the authority to make decisions in an emergency if you are not available.
SERVPRO’s Ready Plan app is a great resource for commercial property managers and owners to develop an emergency response plan. Knowing what to do and what to expect in an emergency is very important and will make the recovery process much easier.
Have a “Plan B”
It might seem excessive now, but do you have a plan in the event your business experiences extensive flooding or another emergency that prevents you from working from the building for an extended period?
While many commercial buildings do have options for temporary workspaces, it is best to have a plan before you are displaced.
Protect your products and your information
It is always wise to back up critical paperwork electronically and ensure all your essential documents are secure. Consider installing a waterproof file cabinet, safe, or other means of protecting valuable documents from water, fire, or other types of damage.
Keep non-waterproof inventory or valuables above floor level to protect them from potential water damage. If there is a severe risk of flood or rain damage, put valuable inventory, machinery, paperwork or other vulnerable items on high, stable shelves or stacked wooden pallets.
Know your insurance coverage
Most commercial property insurance policies do not cover certain types of water damage, and the exclusions often depend on what caused the damage. A standard insurance policy might cover cost from a burst water pipe but not damage caused by a backed up toilet. Many insurance policies exclude mold-related damage.
Flood damage is not typically covered by private insurance companies in the United States. You can purchase “riders” or add-ons to your property insurance that gives you better coverage in the event of water damage — the National Flood Insurance Program offers flood insurance for homeowners or companies.
Commercial Water Restoration
After severe water damage, be very cautious when entering your building. Check for downed power lines, gas leaks, and serious structural damage. If any electrical equipment is wet, contact an electrician immediately and turn off the power in the building until everything is safe.
Photograph all damage
Before any disaster strikes, take a complete set of “before” photographs of the property and business-related items. Insurance companies appreciate “before and after” photos to show the full extent of the damage.
Contact your local building department
The local building department has all the information on the required building permits for any demolition, permanent repairs, reconstruction, roofing, and other restoration projects.
Contact SERVPRO for cleanup and restoration
Cleaning up water damage can be a complicated and sometimes dangerous job. SERVPRO technicians receive the proper training to address every aspect of commercial water damage emergencies.
SERVPRO technicians do more than clean up the water. They dry the building and property quickly, using all the right machines to ensure no moisture is left. Once everything is dry, SERVPRO technicians deep clean, sanitize, and deodorize the entire space for maximum comfort and safety.
Water damage can lead to expensive repairs, time lost from work, and damaged goods and property, but you can have peace of mind that everything will be put to right as quickly as possible with SERVPRO’s expert technicians.
What to Expect from the Commercial Fire Restoration Process
A building fire can be a scary experience. Even after the flames are put out and the danger has passed, the aftermath can be a confusing time. You may not know what to do about your burned commercial property or what to expect during cleanup and restoration.
After the fire is put out by emergency responders, you should call a professional fire damage restoration company. These experts will walk you through the process of assessing damage and beginning the big task of restoring the site. Along the way you should feel free to ask questions, but here are the basic steps of the process so you know what to expect up front.
Step 1: Assessment
The restoration company you hire will first assess the extent of the fire damage your property has suffered. They’ll look at heat, soot, and smoke damage to all structures and furnishings to see how far the fire reached and how badly it affected all materials it touched. With this information, the company will devise a plan of action and be able to give you an accurate quote for how much the restoration job will cost as well as a reasonable timeline for getting the job done.
Step 2: Preventing further damage
Before cleanup and restoration can begin, the main priority will be to prevent further damage to your property. Damage from the fire might have exposed building interiors to the elements, putting you at risk for further damage from the weather or wildlife. The restoration company can put up tarps and other protective measures to keep the elements out for the most part.
Keeping vandals and looters out of the site might also be a concern. A professional restoration company should have methods for this, such as securing doors and windows or even hiring a security company to monitor the site.
Other safety measures might be shutting off all utilities to the site if that hasn’t been done already and disabling the possible cause of the fire. For instance, if faulty wiring is thought to be the cause of the fire, electricity should be shut off to prevent another fire from happening again before new wiring can be installed.
Step 3: Cleaning up
Finally cleanup can begin. This step may seem like a whole process in and of itself. Water from the fire department or damaged plumbing will be pumped away. Charred and broken debris will be removed. Soot will be washed away and surfaces scrubbed. Damaged furnishings will be disposed of for you. Interiors and undamaged surfaces and furnishings will be deodorized to get rid of the smell of smoke. Dirt and dust will be swept up. Soon your property will begin looking like itself again.
Step 4: Renovation
Once the site is cleaned up, repairs can begin. If there was structural damage done to your building, it will need to be renovated to be functional again. Interior surfaces and fixtures that were too damaged to be cleaned will be replaced. New furnishings will be bought. Utilities will be turned back on. You can choose to match the previous look of the property as much as possible or take this opportunity to make some updates and have a fresh start.
Step 5: Prevention
Finally, the nightmare is over! All repairs and cleanup are completed and your property is ready for business again. But not so fast. The final step may be a consultation with the restoration company to discuss how to prevent future fires. This kind of meeting might depend on the cause of the fire and the company you hired, but if the fire had been preventable they may offer some ideas for avoiding a repeat situation such as placing smoke detectors and fire extinguishers in better places.
Your fire restoration team is here for you
You might be feeling overwhelmed after a commercial property fire, but hiring a great restoration company will set you on the right track. At SERVPRO of Rutherford County, our trained fire restoration technicians have you covered. With our 24-hour emergency service, we can get to your business quickly and begin immediate cleanup and restoration. No matter the size of your disaster, our goal is to restore your property and get your business back to functioning as quickly as possible.
SERVPRO's Ultimate Guide to Making a Business Disaster Restoration Plan
Can you imagine having your business establishment destroyed by a natural disaster?
It is quite expensive and difficult to recover from such a great loss especially if you are running a small business.
What most business owners don't know is they need to have plans for a natural disaster before it actually takes place.
The plan will help you to get back to your feet, regardless of the scale of the damage caused.
Why You Need a Disaster Commercial Restoration Plan
A disaster recovery plan helps you keep your most important documents and resources in a safe place. Besides preventing accidents from occurring, it can also help you assess the structural condition of your building.
Regardless of the size or financial stability of your company, you need a well-thought-out disaster recovery plan to save as many assets as possible.
Creating a Business Disaster Recovery Plan
The plan can vary depending on the type of company. However, it generally aims at helping you save time and money without compromising on the goals you set out to do. The most important steps for creating a disaster plan are as follows:
1. Train and Assign Tasks to Your Employees
Begin with training your employees on how to carry out an emergency response plan and assign specific tasks to them. Focus on conducting drills to help them prepare for the disaster.
Remember to prepare a list of the most important phone numbers and addresses you'll need when a disaster strikes. This may include places like the fire department, sheriff’s office, or the hospital.
2. Gather Emergency Items Needed Before a Disaster
These emergency items should offer temporary solutions to your business.
Depending on the most probable disaster to occur, you can get items such as backup generators, extinguishers, fire sprinklers, emergency alarms, and backup communication systems.
Be sure to compile the cash value of all assets including inventory, machinery, and equipment. Keep them in an accessible place.
3. Know the Duration of the Recovery Period
A professional restoration company like SERVPRO should give you a time frame of how long it will take for your business to recover from a certain natural disaster.
This information will give you a brief idea of when you can get back to business in case a disaster occurs. Keep in mind that the recovery period will depend on the intensity of the disaster.
4. Insure and Protect Your Business Assets
Sign up for an insurance policy that covers all the assets in your commercial building. Remember to have the building structure inspected to minimize the damage caused by strong winds, storms, and leaks. Find out from a disaster restoration company how long the repairs for the building may take when natural disaster knocks.
Insurance policies are mandatory for every business regardless of the size or years of operation. Review your policy to ensure it covers most of the repair and replacement costs. Work with a disaster restoration company such as SERVPRO that knows how to handle insurance claims.
5. Find an Alternative Business Location
If possible, it is always recommended to find a temporary location to do business. Be sure to plan for this location before the disaster actually strikes. Take time to find a conducive building you can borrow or rent for a while until the restoration work is over.
6. Set Up Strategies of Informing Your Relevant Stakeholders in Case of a Disaster
Your customers and suppliers need to be at par with the disaster recovery plan at your business premises. So ensure that you share with them your disaster preparedness measures.
You'll also need to put up strategies of informing them of the unfortunate event in case it happens. They need to know when you'll resume your operations for them to continue supporting you.
Finding the Right Commercial Restoration Expert in Murfreesboro
Part of your business disaster recovery plan involves soliciting the support of a reputable commercial disaster restoration company.
You should seek advice from the right company because the growth and profitability of your company depend on your present decisions. Don't forget to consider your specific commercial restoration needs when choosing the right service provider.
Working with a firm such as SERVPRO will not only help you create a comprehensive restoration plan, but it also guarantees you of 24/7 support and prompt response in case of an emergency.
With our quick response, highly skilled personnel, and top-of-the-line recovery equipment, your business premise will be up and running in no time.
Commercial Water Disaster Restoration
Quite often, water disasters strike when you least expect it.
Even if you have prior information about an impending flood, there isn’t much you can do to prevent a natural disaster, even if you are as prepared as possible.
But that doesn’t necessarily mean you should just stand and watch your hard-earned assets go down the drain.
With an experienced water damage restoration partner such as SERVPRO, you can cut down on the losses without breaking the bank. Our experts combine years of experience in water damage restoration with unrivaled professionalism to effectively restore your home or business premises to its pre-flood condition.
So when disaster strikes, don’t take on the burden of water damage restoration and dealing with insurance companies all by yourself.
It's always best to hire a professional.
Hire a company that knows how to handle insurance claims as well as clean up your business premises quickly and effectively.
Why Choose SERVPRO for Commercial Water Restoration?
SERVPRO is an industry-leading cleaning and damage mitigation service provider. We specialize mainly in the restoration of property following fire and water hazards. Our services include mold removal, soot cleaning, and mitigation of mildew.
We don’t just mitigate disaster, we also handle the necessary paperwork required to make an insurance claim.
Since every disaster is unique, our prices vary. However, you shouldn’t worry about breaking the bank if you choose us, because our services are all pocket-friendly.
There are tons of other reasons that make SERVPRO your trusted commercial restoration partner. Here are a few:
1. Right Tools for the Job
When a water disaster strikes, it brings with it things like molds growth, carpet delamination, damage to hardwood floors, bad odors, and other forms of damages.
Therefore, you need a commercial restoration service provider who not only understands what it means to deal with water damage, but also has the right tools to for the job.
SERVPRO is the number one commercial restoration service provider in Rutherford County. We have the labor, expertise, and equipment to handle water hazards of all sizes, from small floods caused by plumbing leaks to major ones caused by natural disasters.
2. Fast Mitigation
Commercial restoration is all about acting quickly and promptly. When your commercial restoration partner sleeps on their job and delays to respond quickly, your business assets will be damaged even further.
Moreover, mold may start to grow in damp areas. SERVPRO understands how important your business is to you, and that’s why our response teams move swiftly to salvage everything from water hazards before it gets worse.
So, when a water disaster strikes, don’t just assume that all is lost. Call for help as soon as you can so that we can secure your assets quickly.
3. Commercial Restoration Within your Reach
SERVPRO is dedicated to serve the people of Rutherford County. Being a company run by local experts, we are within your reach whenever you need us.
We also know the area well, and this further cuts down on our response time.
Don’t deal with a stranger in times of disaster. Choose a company that best understands your commercial water damage restoration needs and those of the community around you.
4. A Comprehensive Restoration Service
We don’t just get rid of standing water. We use specialized products and equipment to remove the water from your property, and then dry everything.
Our restoration package includes professional-grade cleaning and deodorizing to get rid of debris and bad smell.
Our main goal is to leave your place dry, clean, and smelling good – better than its initial state.
Your comfort is our responsibility.
5. Minimally Invasive Water Damage Restoration
One of the things that most business owners dread after a water disaster is being out of business for a long time.
As such, we have made deliberate efforts to ensure that you can resume business as soon as possible. This will, however, depend on the intensity of the water damage in your business premise.
Instead of pulling down walls and furnishings, we use state-of-the-art tools such as thermal imaging equipment and moisture meters to assess the extent of the damage and find a minimally invasive solution.
We also perform insulation probes to determine the extent of damage to electrical wiring and appliances without having to rip out your floors and walls.
Call SERVPRO for Top-Notch Commercial Restoration Services
We want to help you protect your property and stay healthy.
6 Basic Steps to Commercial Mold Restoration
Do you run a business in Rutherford County? Do you have a mold problem that you want to be remedied immediately but don’t have the slightest clue about what happens during remediation?
Like any other business owner or manager, you need accurate and reliable information to make important business decisions. If the answer to the above questions is yes, you should keep reading on below to learn what commercial mold restoration typically involves.
Why is Mold Remediation Necessary?
Mold growth can occur anywhere, be it indoors or outdoors. However, it thrives in areas with wet and humid environments.
For the most part, this fungus that grows outdoors does not present any significant problems for people and businesses. But when the growth occurs indoors, it becomes a major source of worry to building owners and the people that occupy the affected buildings.
Mold remediation is meant to restore normal levels inside a building.
What Happens During Commercial Remediation?
No two restoration situations are exactly the same, but the basics of mold remediation remain unchanged in all situations.
The basic steps to commercial remediation include the following:
1. Getting in Touch with Remediation Specialists
The process begins when you call the professionals working at a mold remediation company/service and inform them that you have a mold problem in your commercial building. They will arrive at your business location in the shortest time possible, prompt response to the problem is critical.
Every business owner or manager needs to keep the emergency contact of a trusted remediation service with them all the time so they can immediately call for help when a problem arises.
2. Inspection and Testing
Upon arriving at your commercial premises, the remediation experts will carry out a thorough inspection of your building to identify areas that have been affected by mold damage.
The inspection involves identifying obvious signs of mold growth, like the presence of colored, fluffy growths on the walls, ceilings, floors and other surfaces of the building interiors. This is known as a visual mold assessment.
The inspection also involves performing a series of tests to see if spores are airborne, growing on various surfaces of the building interiors without showing any visible signs, or in settled dust.
There are many different techniques that can be used to detect infestation. Your mold remediation specialist will select the most appropriate testing methods for your specific situation.
Once the trouble areas have been identified and severity of damage ascertained, measures will be taken to contain the mold. The containment is meant to maximize protection and limit further damage to your property.
Mold produces spores, which can quickly spread into the air and contaminate it. In addition, it requires oxygen and moisture to thrive, so cutting off oxygen and moisture supply to infested areas is a critical part of containment.
4. Air Sanitization
This involves using an air purifier equipped with an air filter to remove spores that may linger in the air.
When exposed to a water or moisture source, the spores can quickly turn into colonies and cause a recurrence of mold problems.
There are many types of air filters that may be used in tandem with air purifiers, but HEPA filters are generally considered to be the most effective at the job.
Once spores have been completely removed from the air, the mold and the affected materials in your building will be the next to be removed.
This is a job that requires specialized handling and advanced equipment because mold growth can easily become airborne and settle on other surfaces if it not properly removed.
The process for removal varies from scenario to scenario, depending on the extent of infestation in your building.
Before getting started with mold removal, the water or moisture source causing the problem will need to be identified and remedied. Otherwise, mold growth and damage will continue even after it has been removed.
Cleanup involves cleaning various items and surfaces, such as wood furniture, walls, and floors that may be contaminated by mold.
The principal goal is to eliminate the growth that may still be lingering in your commercial space even after removal.
It is, however, important to point out that not all items in your commercial space may be restorable through cleaning service.
Absorbent belongings like carpets and upholstery furniture, for example, may need to be replaced.
We Are Here to Help
At SERVPRO of Rutherford County, we pride in helping both residential and commercial clients remedy mold damage in their indoor spaces. Don’t hesitate to reach if you need help with your remediation project.
What to Do After a Commercial Fire Disaster
A sudden fire in your business or commercial premises can be shattering and overwhelming. It may set you back in terms of infrastructure and revenues.
However, even in the face of such disaster, all is not lost. It is possible to restore your business premises back to its original state through commercial restoration services.
Commercial restoration is preferred to rebuilding as it saves you time and resources. You won’t have to buy most of your furniture and equipment again. Instead, a simple cleaning and a little restorative work should have them looking new and fresh.
Even when the fire damage is extensive, your property can still be salvaged through commercial restoration.
5 Things to Do After Commercial Fire Damage
What do you do after the fire trucks have left and you’ve ensured the safety of all your employees? What is the roadmap to normalcy?
1. Protect Yourself Before Entering the Building
If the fire department has allowed you to re-enter the building, make sure that you wear a mask to prevent smoke and other hazardous gases from entering your lungs.
It is also recommended to wear gloves to protect your hands from injuries and other dangerous materials.
2. Prevent Further Damage
Even after the fire is put out, damage can still continue. The water left behind by the firefighters can still destroy your furniture and other commercial items as well as promote mold growth.
If possible, remove all undamaged items such as documents, computers, and equipment from the building to a secure place to prevent them from further damage or possible looting.
3. Collect the Damage Information for Your Insurance
Your insurer will ask for a detailed list of inventory for all the damaged commercial items. You should, therefore, take clear photos and videos of the damage and make a list of all the destroyed items and structures. This will help you to get the most out of your insurance coverage while providing proof.
4. Call a Professional Commercial Restoration Expert in Murfreesboro
After a fire disaster, the fastest way to get your business up and running again is hiring a professional restoration company to clean and restore your building. Here are the steps taken to restore your business premises:
- Damage assessment: This involves examining the extent of the damage. You will receive a comprehensive report and plan on commercial restoration after the assessment.
- Elimination of smoke odor: After a fire disaster, your commercial premises will need a breath of fresh air. With the use of top-of-the-line industrial dehumidifiers and the best air movers, restoration experts will completely eliminate the smoke odor.
- Soot removal: After a fire, the walls and ceilings of your building are likely to be covered in soot. Removing soot from surfaces on your own can be daunting. Restoration experts have the right products and tools for the job. Not a single stain will remain. When soot is properly removed, it will help prevent the growth of mold after the restoration process.
- Repaint, Repair, and Restore: Finally, the restoration company will repaint the walls and make quick fixes to get your commercial building operational again.
5. Initiate an Arson Investigation
If you don’t know the cause of the fire, it is always recommended to conduct an arson investigation to determine what or who started it. This information can be vital during the insurance claims process.
And if the fire was started by a particular person intentionally or due to negligence, you can press charges and get help in property repair and restoration costs.
Talk to SERVPRO for Quick and Top-Notch Commercial Restoration in Rutherford County
After a fire disaster, there are so many things that need to be done to get your business up and running again. You need to make new purchases, coordinate claims, prepare to move back in, contact your vendors and customers, and so many other things.
SERVPRO understands the stressful and traumatic process you are going through. That’s why we are dedicated to restoring your commercial property in the shortest time possible. We have highly skilled technicians and state-of-the-art equipment to restore your building to its pre-fire conditions.
Our major aim is to always meet and even surpass our clients’ expectations. In case of a fire disaster, do not hesitate to call us right away.
Commercial Water Damage Restoration: Is it Necessary?
Most commercial property owners assume that water damage mostly occurs during heavy rainstorms and flooding, which is true, but a significant amount of damage can also happen at any other time of the year.
Your business property should be properly functional to ensure a steady flow of revenue and customers. Water damage can ultimately affect the operations of your business. So it needs to be taken care of immediately.
Common Causes of Commercial Water Damage
1. Malfunctioning Appliances and Equipment
If your business has equipment or appliances that use water such as water heaters and boilers, then it runs the risk of water damage.
If they malfunction, you may wake up to find your premises flooded and items damaged. Ensure all your water appliances and equipment are properly operated and maintained to minimize the risks of water damage.
2. Broken Sprinkler Systems
Sprinklers are used for fire emergencies, but they can also cause water damage when they become faulty. To avoid such a nasty experience, make sure that your sprinkler system is checked and maintained regularly.
3. Broken Pipes and Plumbing
When your workplace plumbing or drainage system fails, you are likely to experience some water damage. In such an unfortunate event, make sure you get a professional plumber to take care of the drainage issue and a restoration company to take care of the cleanup.
Always ensure your plumbing and drainage systems are properly maintained to avoid commercial water disasters.
4. Heavy Downpours and Flooding
Heavy rainstorms and flooding can cause massive water damage to your commercial building. If your building is located in a flood zone area, go to the local natural disaster agency and find out the different ways you prevent flooding in your specific area.
5. Leaking Roofs
This is one of the most obvious signs that show your building has water damage. If your roof is leaking, it may not be draining properly or it simply needs resealing.
If you notice even a small leak, ensure it is fixed as soon as possible. These small leaks tend to get bigger with time and cause tremendous havoc.
Commercial Restoration After Water Damage
Sometimes, the damage and loss can be so severe that you may consider rebuilding. Even though it may seem like a viable idea, it will cost you a lot of time and money.
Instead, you should go for restoration. It’s safe, quicker, and very affordable. However, restoration can still be time consuming and tiresome if you decide to do it with your employees. You likely don’t have the technical knowhow or equipment to do a good job. Moreover, you may not know the extent of the damage and this can significantly cost you in the future.
Seek the services of commercial restoration experts for quick and top-quality restoration.
What to Do After a Commercial Water Damage
- Switch off the main power supply.
- Contact commercial restoration experts immediately.
- Document the damage for insurance purposes.
- Contact your insurer.
- Salvage any important materials such as files, business documents and other essentials that may get damaged when left in water. Work with most portable items first.
- Place office appliances and equipment on elevated surfaces like counters and office desks.
- If the building seems unstable do not enter it, especially if the ceiling is wet and soggy.
Why Choose SERVPRO for Your Commercial Restoration Services in Murfreesboro
SERVPRO is your one-stop shop for all your commercial restoration needs. But why should you choose SERVPRO?
- Fast: Quick response is important when dealing with water damage. We are strategically stationed to respond faster to any size of water disaster emergency in Rutherford County. We want you to get your business back to normal in the shortest time possible.
- Professionally trained water damage specialists: SERVPRO’s technicians are highly trained and have extensive experience in water damage restoration. With a properly established procedure, the experts are able to do restoration quicker and more effectively.
- Advanced drying equipment and techniques: SERVPRO has specialized restoration equipment and products like dehumidifiers to help remove water and dry the building appropriately.
Contact SERVPRO today for faster, better and most efficient commercial restoration.
How to Prevent Commercial Fires
Commercial buildings are forts for important business equipment and stock. They also serve as the working space for your employees.
They are, without a doubt, precious assets to the business owners and their families.
Fires are quite common in commercial buildings, especially in restaurants and warehouses. It not only damages the structure of the building but also stops your business from running. No business equals not income!
As a business owner, you should adopt an effective fire protection plan for your commercial building.
Preventing Commercial Fires
Most of the commercial fires are accidental, but there have also been cases of arson attacks. Whatever the cause, a fire can be downright disastrous. As a result, it is important to take the following measures to prevent commercial fires:
- Ensure your machinery, electronics, and appliances at your business premises are well maintained and working effectively. Defective items should be repaired or replaced as soon as possible as they can easily cause a fire.
- Regulate fire hazards. It is important to identify flammable materials and keep them away from potential fire sources. So ensure all the paperwork is disposed of properly or stored safely and your outdoor landscape is well-trimmed.
- Establish safety equipment. Fire is unpredictable and once it has occurred, all you can do is to prevent it from spreading to other areas. Install automatic sprinklers and extinguishers in your commercial building. They will be very useful in putting off small fires.
- Enforce fire safety regulations to your employees. Ensure all your employees are trained on what to do when a fire occurs and how to use the extinguishing equipment.
- Also, properly label fire emergency exits in your building.
For the safety of you and your staff, make sure you take these measures into consideration.
However, if your commercial building is already affected by a fire, do not despair. You can always have it restored.
Restore with SERVPRO in Smyrna
Commercial fires are devastating and are indeed a major setback for most companies.
To quickly get your business up and running again, ensure you seek professional restoration services from SERVPRO.
From water removal to soot repair and smoke damage restoration, SERVPRO will guarantee you top-notch services.
Your commercial building will be back to normal (or better) in no time.