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Common Water Issues For Business

2/17/2021 (Permalink)

If you experience commercial damage, call SERVPRO of Northwest Orlando. If you experience commercial damage, call SERVPRO of Northwest Orlando.

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!

Fire Insurance and Your Small Business

1/13/2021 (Permalink)

Make sure your Northwest Orlando, FL commercial property has the right insurance Make sure your Northwest Orlando, FL commercial property has the right insurance

Fires can be devastating to small businesses in Northwest Orlando, FL. Not only do they cause extensive damage to equipment and property, but fires often disrupt daily operations, leading to heavy financial losses. Fortunately, fire insurance policies are available, offering many financial benefits. 

  • Coverage for physical damages
  • Replacement or repair of office fixtures
  • Protection against lost business income
  • Compensation for costs of doing business in a temporary location

In some situations, this type of policy covers lost data, the interruption of digital operations, and other computer-related business dealings. Ask your insurance provider for specific information. 

Identify and Reduce Risks

If you own the property or building where your business operates, you may work closely with your insurance company or a fire restoration professional to identify the most common risks and take steps to protect your premises. Even if you don't own the building, you can look for problem spots such as overloaded power strips and extension cords, stacks of flammable materials near heat sources, aging appliances, and indoor smoking areas. You may be eligible for fire insurance that covers your business contents.

Look Outside of Your Business Walls

Fires are generally unexpected and very destructive. In fact, many businesses did have appropriate preventative measures in place before suffering damage. Fires aren't always the result of something that occurs within the workplace. Sometimes, the emergency is caused by the activities of neighboring businesses, extreme weather, rioting, or vandalism. You may require coverage for the costs of smoke cleanup even if flames never reach your building. 

Understand Your Coverage Needs

As you consider your business needs and discuss coverage options with your insurance provider, be realistic about your needs. Too many business owners purchase minimum coverage and then don't have the necessary funding for complete fire restoration services. Ask your insurance representative about replacement cost versus cash value terms and eligibility requirements. Make sure you have enough coverage to get you through the entire restoration process. 

Small businesses may be particularly susceptible to damages, but the right fire insurance coverage offers important protection. Learn more today to make sure your business has the coverage it needs.