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Common Water Issues For Business

2/17/2021 (Permalink)

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For a commercial property owner in Tampa, unexpected water problems can be a big issue. Fortunately, water damage professionals can help you assess, clean, and repair damages from any flooding or leaks you may have. Here are a few of the most common water problems a business may face, from leaking pipes to foundation cracks.

1. Pipe Breaks

A pipe break can occur in several ways. Over time, the pipe can age and loosen in its fittings, or extensive use can lead to pinhole leaks. Extreme heat or cold can affect a pipe’s integrity. A blocked pipe can lead to pressure buildup and burst.

2. Plumbing Backup

Blocked plumbing can lead to a toilet backup or sink overflow. Water in blocked pipes can take the shortest path regardless of its intended flow path. Blockages occur, including the buildup of water minerals over time inside a pipe or someone pouring a solidifying material, such as plaster or grease, down a drain.

3. Weather

Extreme weather conditions can lead to leaking pipes. Cold temperatures can cause the water in pipes to freeze and expand. The expansion puts pressure on the pipe and can create a crack or cause it to burst. If you know cold weather is coming, you can check with a local professional what preventive measures to take.

4. Foundation Cracks

Foundation cracks can become a problem leading to water damage. Water can seep through any cracks and pool, leading to issues such as mold. Any cracks should be assessed quickly to determine the best course of action.

Water damage can happen to a commercial property. Fortunately, a professional can fix the damage caused by leaking pipes, foundation cracks, backed up toilet, or weather, and help you repair your property.

Is Your Small Business Ready for Whatever Happens?

2/16/2021 (Permalink)

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Does Your Business Have a Plan When a Disaster Strikes? 

Preparedness for an emergency is an essential part of a business operation plan because when business slows, it can cause loss of revenue and additional unforeseen expenses. Among many disasters, many businesses have a hard time recovering from the loss of income.

According to the Red Cross, 40 percent of small businesses suffer so greatly after a disaster that they shut down and never reopen. SERVPRO offers an Emergency Ready Profile (ERP) free of charge to local businesses in the Florida area. SERVPRO ERPs offer several advantages to your business, including:

  • A concise profile document of your business.
    • This contains the critical information needed in an emergency & saves time and money if ever needed.
    • It only takes a little time to complete and doesn’t interfere with your business’s current projects.
  • It describes your facility’s details (i.e., shut-off valve locations, priority areas, and vital contact information).
  • It provides a comprehensive guide to getting you back into your building ASAP following a disaster.
    • This minimizes the amount of time your business is inactive since you’ll have an immediate plan of action.
  • It provides an established relationship with SERVPRO as your damage mitigation and restoration provider.
    • We’re close by, ready to respond, and available 24/7.
  • Identification of chain of command for work authorization within your company.
    • This expedites the process of beginning damage mitigation and restoration for your company, reducing downtime and costs.

SERVPRO ERPs allow your business to have a quick reference of what to do when an emergency happens and how to do it. Be assured that you’ve got a professional industry leader right nearby who’s “Ready for whatever happens.”

Water Damage and Importance of Timely Water Mitigation

2/16/2021 (Permalink)

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You depend on your business to keep money flowing in, and you rely on the building where location keeps business going. However, when a pipe or supply line springs a leak, it can throw a kink into your week. The time it takes for you to arrange pipe burst cleanup can make the difference between a simple cleanup or extensive water damage.

The First Few Minutes

A variety of events can cause water damage:

• Pipes breaking

• Supply line leaking

• Toilet overflowing

• Adverse weather flooding

• Foundation cracking

If all you need is pipe burst cleanup or supply line repair, the first few minutes of water cleanup are crucial. Turning off the source stops water from making the problem worse.

The First Few Hours

The longer water sits, the potential havoc it wreaks. Walls can start to disintegrate, and pressed wood items can swell and warp if exposed to humidity. Water from burst pipes and supply lines can still damage the furniture, floors, and supplies in your workplace. Call SERVPRO of Northwest Orlando (407) 698-5155.

The First Few Days

Water damage that persists can interrupt your business, harming you bottom line. It can become a breeding ground for mold and bacteria growth.

To limit the extent of water damage to your business, SERVPRO of Northwest Orlando needs to begin pipe burst cleanup as soon as possible. By acting quickly, you may be able to turn a potentially massive setback into an easy fix. For additional information regarding commercial restoration, call (407) 698-5155.

Emergency Ready Profile: When "What If" Becomes "What Now?"

2/12/2021 (Permalink)

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Being a property manager or landlord isn't always an 8 to 5 job. Mishaps and problems don't care if you are on vacation or out of the office; they can arise 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Stay prepared before disaster strikes. By dealing with these unforeseen circumstances, implement our Emergency READY Profile (ERP)as many 50% of businesses have to close down following a disaster.

Businesses that survive a disaster had a preparedness plan in place. Pre-planning can serve as an insurance policy aimed at peace of mind. SERVPRO's ERP helps your business have a plan in place and helps keep you and your staff members informed on handling fire and water damage.

To learn more about SERVPRO's Emergency READY Profile, you can visit http://ready.SERVPRO.com or call SERVPRO of Northwest Orlando at (813) 694-9085.

Sprinkler Water Damage

2/10/2021 (Permalink)

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A fire in a commercial business or a property managed real estate complex can be devastating. Still, when you add in the additional damages from the sprinkler systems kicking on, the commercial damages are enormous. Businesses and apartment complexes cannot afford to close for a day; it affects many different individuals' lives. SERVPRO of Northwest Orlando offers 24/7 commercial damage services to get commercial businesses back on their feet in as little time as possible.

Using SERVPRO of Northwest Orlando commercial services is like a one-stop-shop. SERVPRO's commercial services are an umbrella term that extends our normal services into a commercial setting. SERVPRO simultaneously treats fire and water damages. Our commercial services reduce the cost that businesses pay because they don't need to look for multiple companies. The other additional benefit to SERVPRO is that they are liaison insurance companies and clients.

Unfortunately, disasters are not preventable, but companies like SERVPRO are there to make it "Like it never even happened," with their residential and commercial services. For questions regarding SERVPRO of Northwest Orlando commercial services, contact our office at (407) 698-5155!

Commercial Mold Removal

2/8/2021 (Permalink)

If you suspect mold in your property, call SERVPRO of Northwest Orlando If you suspect mold in your property, call SERVPRO of Northwest Orlando.

We received a call to check a newly purchased old restaurant bought to give it a new life. This result led to an extensive mold job for SERVPRO of Northwest Orlando. Upon entering this abandoned space, it became clear immediately this was a mold remediation job for the experts! So we went to work! With mold covering the walls, the bar area, baseboards, and crown "mold"ing (pun intended), our crew had to suit up with PPE, including respirators and Tyvek suits, to ensure protection!

Mold remediation is a tedious job for a home, but when it is a commercial property like a restaurant, containment sets up, so contaminated unaffected areas aren't. All items with mold exposure are disposed of. When the demo was complete, industrial hygienists came to ensure that the commercial property was good to go! Mold remediation in a commercial property is a tedious yet rewarding job when we get to see a building brought back to life!

Inspecting Your Home After a Fire

2/5/2021 (Permalink)

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When it comes to loss incidents, fire in your Northwest Orlando home can prove challenging to overcome. Fire damage effects can be reaching for the average homeowner to face on their own. Conventional cleaning efforts and general deodorization, for example, pale in comparison to the effectiveness of professional restoration services.

Reacting to the fire damage in your Northwest Orlando home can seem impossible. When the extinguishing process completes, you can begin restoring it to normal. Fortunately, this isn't a battle that you have to fight on your own. Our SERVPRO team handles fire restoration, from soot clean-up to deodorization, to help make the steps towards getting your house to its original condition.

Our estimator and project manager work to identify the full scope of the damage from when we arrive at your home. We survey every area, whether connected to the fire in your home or not. This thorough inspection records the damage, and our SERVPRO professionals have the equipment and strategies to contend with what they face. We'll deliver the assessment of your damages to the insurance company that covers your home. Claims won't be issued until further details are discussed.

Whether the damage in your home was widespread or not, this process remains the same. Our professionals take great care in assessing the scope of the damage that your home faces in the restoration process. You can trust our SERVPRO of Northwest Orlando fire restoration specialists to work quickly to bring your home back to how it should be. Call anytime at (407) 698-5155.

Fire Hazards Your Business Should Avoid

2/3/2021 (Permalink)

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Fire damage in your business is a serious concern. Moderate damage can result in your facility closing for repairs for weeks on end, which can be devastating. The unfortunate reality is that no business is immune to the risk of fire. Some facilities may be likely to endure damage from a fire, such as a restaurant that uses open flames throughout the day. However, many fire hazards are present in workplaces regardless of activities that take place in the building. When you know what these hazards are, you can take proper steps to address and mitigate those risks and prevent possible fire damage and smoke damage.

3 Things to Pay Attention to

1. Electrical Concerns

Damage to electrical wiring can result in sparks that lead to damaging fires. Electrical wiring damage may include frayed cords, such as those connecting desktop computers to the wall power outlets. It may include damage to internal wiring inside the walls, and these damage pests and other forces. Electrical fires may start when power sockets overload or when equipment gets hot. Periodically review your company's wiring to identify areas of concern that need to be addressed.

2. Poor Equipment Maintenance

Other hazards in workplaces relate to low equipment maintenance. For example, failing to service your furnace may result in accumulating dust and other flammable debris. A gas leak in the furnace could result in a fire or an explosion. Fire hazards related to poor maintenance may include dusty, dirty, or greasy components, such as air ducts and vents, kitchen exhaust vents, and many other features used throughout your facility. Scheduling necessary maintenance can decrease fire risk in these areas.

3. Flammable or Combustible Materials

Flammable and combustible materials are most commonly associated with industrial and warehouse environments, but restaurants, hotels, dry cleaners, and many other types of businesses may store combustible materials on-site. These materials should remain sealed according to the manufacturer's recommendations. 

As you can see, numerous fire hazards could result in severe damage to your business. If your company has already experienced fire damage, repairs are needed as soon as possible. SERVPRO of Northwest Orlando is your trusted source for quality repair services. We can quickly restore your building to its previous condition so that operations can resume in your place of business. To request assistance with your damaged building, contact us today.

Fire Restoration Services

1/27/2021 (Permalink)

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Fire damage, including smoke and soot, affects the structure of your house but your belongings. SERVPRO of Northwest Orlando understands your family's furniture, clothing, keepsakes, and other belongings make your house more than a structure; they make it home. Check some of SERVPRO's fire restoration services below:

Contents Restoration

SERVPRO of Northwest Orlando specializes in restoring contents damaged by water, fire, or mold. Our expertise and "restore" versus "replace" mentality can help you save money while preserving precious keepsakes that can't be replaced. We pretest your belongings to determine what items we can restore to pre-fire condition. We use several methods of cleaning your contents, including:

  • Dry Cleaning - Used for cleaning light residues or to pre-clean before wet cleaning.
  • Wet Cleaning - An effective cleaning method for removing moderate to heavy residues.
  • Spray and Wipe -Effective for items that can't withstand wet cleaning.
  • Foam Cleaning - Used for upholstery fabrics that might shrink or bleed if wet cleaned.
  • Abrasive Cleaning - Involves agitation of the surface being cleaned.
  • Immersion Cleaning - Contents are dipped into a bath of the cleaning product.

Move-Outs/Pack-Outs

If your home requires extensive restoration or cleaning due to fire damage, SERVPRO of Northwest Orlando can conduct an organized, efficient move-out of the affected area. Move-out will provide several benefits, including:

  • A quicker remodeling process
  • Protecting items from potential damage
  • Protecting contents from further on-site damage

When restoration is completed, we will work with you to coordinate the move-in according to your needs. The services offered upon move-in may depend on your insurance coverage.

Electronic Cleanup

Fire-damaged electronics can present a severe hazard. Don't attempt to turn on or operate any damaged electrical device. Smoke residues can contain acids that corrode metal surfaces. If not removed, the residues corrode, causing electronic failure in the device.

  • Television sets
  • DVD players
  • Computers
  • And more

The key to restoring electronics is taking prompt action to prevent further damage. Electronics will be cleaned and inspected by a qualified electronics technician.

Call SERVPRO of Northwest Orlando today at (407) 698-5155.

Fire Extinguisher Ready

1/14/2021 (Permalink)

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By now, fire extinguishers have become staples in most disaster-ready homes and provide billions worldwide with a quick, straightforward way to respond to sudden blazes. Generally, all fire extinguishers are alike, as they follow the same usage procedure known as PASS:

  • Pull the pin to break the tamper seal.
  • Aim the nozzle at the bottom of the fire.
  • Squeeze the handle and release extinguisher chemicals.
  • Sweep the nozzle back and forth at the base of the fire until it’s extinguished.

Knowing these steps can save you a ton of hassle with instances like the average kitchen fire. However, to mitigate as much fire damage as possible, you need to consider a few other things.

Choosing Your Extinguisher

The first thing you should be aware of is that not every fire extinguisher is suitable for every job. For example, you’ll need a class B extinguisher to get the job done when dealing with a grease fire. Research different extinguisher uses before deciding where to allocate these appliances around your home.

Emergency Services

Ideally, you should have someone call 911 as you attempt to extinguish the flames. This ensures you’re able to get the assistance you need if your attempts are unsuccessful. Furthermore, know when to leave the house. If the blaze becomes large or your extinguisher runs out of fumes, it’s time to get out of the house. Let firefighters and emergency responders take responsibility for the fire. Work with SERVPRO of Northwest Orlando afterward to get your home back to normal again.

Keeping proper fire extinguisher handling tips in mind may be able to save your home and your family in the coming years. Be sure to discuss the above tips with every member of your family. Call SERVPRO of Northwest Orlando for additional information on fire damage cleanup.