SERVPRO® Guide to Commercial Property Restoration
When disaster strikes a commercial property, it can have a profound impact on business operations, employees, and customers. Unexpected events such as fire, water damage, mold, or storms can disrupt daily routines and lead to significant financial losses. At SERVPRO®, we understand the urgency of restoring commercial properties promptly and efficiently. In this blog, we'll explore the range of specialized commercial restoration services offered by SERVPRO®, designed to help businesses bounce back from adversity and regain their momentum.
- Rapid Response and Minimizing Downtime:
Time is of the essence when it comes to commercial restoration. We'll highlight how SERVPRO's rapid response team is available 24/7, equipped with the necessary expertise and resources to minimize downtime and mitigate further damage.
- Fire Damage Restoration:
Fires can be catastrophic for businesses, causing structural damage and leaving behind smoke and soot residue. We'll discuss SERVPRO's comprehensive fire damage restoration process, including smoke odor removal, structural repairs, and content restoration.
- Water Damage Restoration:
From burst pipes to flooding incidents, water damage can disrupt business operations and compromise structural integrity. We'll explain SERVPRO's advanced water extraction and drying techniques, designed to restore the affected areas quickly.
- Mold Remediation:
Mold infestations in commercial properties pose health risks to employees and customers and can lead to long-term damage. We'll showcase SERVPRO's thorough mold remediation process, emphasizing the importance of identifying and addressing the root cause of mold growth.
- Storm Damage Restoration:
When storms wreak havoc on commercial properties, extensive damage can occur. We'll explore how SERVPRO's experienced team handles storm damage, including roof repairs, water damage restoration, and structural reinforcements.
- Biohazard Cleanup:
Unforeseen biohazard situations can be emotionally and logistically challenging for businesses. We'll highlight SERVPRO's specialized biohazard cleanup services, adhering to strict safety protocols to ensure a safe and hygienic environment.
- Document and Contents Restoration:
Many commercial properties house essential documents, valuable assets, and sensitive equipment. We'll explain how SERVPRO's content restoration services can salvage and restore important documents and items affected by various disasters.
- Reconstruction Services:
In severe cases where extensive damage has occurred, reconstruction may be necessary. We'll discuss how SERVPRO's reconstruction services provide a seamless transition from restoration to rebuilding, streamlining the entire process.
- Insurance Coordination:
Navigating insurance claims and paperwork can be overwhelming for business owners. We'll emphasize how SERVPRO assists in the insurance coordination process, ensuring a smooth and efficient claims experience.
At SERVPRO, we recognize the critical role that businesses play in our communities, and we are dedicated to helping them recover from unexpected disasters. Our commercial restoration services are tailored to address the unique needs of each business, ensuring a swift return to normal operations. With our prompt response, industry-leading expertise, and commitment to excellence, SERVPRO stands as a reliable partner for businesses seeking to overcome adversity and regain their momentum. Let us be your trusted ally in commercial restoration, supporting you every step of the way to a brighter and more resilient future.
Restoring Hope After a Fire: The SERVPRO Way
When the flames die down, and the smoke clears, the aftermath of a fire can leave you feeling overwhelmed and helpless. At SERVPRO of Monroeville/Evergreen/Brewton, we understand the emotional toll of fire damage, and that's why we're here to guide you through the process of restoring your home and your peace of mind.
- **Swift Response** Our team knows that time is of the essence when it comes to fire damage restoration. We respond quickly to your call, arriving on-site promptly to assess the situation and develop a tailored restoration plan.
- **Assessment and Safety** Safety is our top priority. Before we begin any restoration work, we thoroughly assess the property to identify potential hazards and ensure a secure environment for both our team and your family.
- **Damage Mitigation** Our experts use state-of-the-art equipment and techniques to mitigate further damage. We board up windows, tarp roofs, and take necessary steps to prevent additional issues from arising.
- **Thorough Cleanup** Removing smoke residue, soot, and water used to extinguish the fire is crucial in the restoration process. We employ specialized cleaning methods to ensure a deep and thorough cleanup.
- **Odor Elimination** The smell of smoke can linger long after the fire is gone. Our advanced deodorization techniques neutralize odors, leaving your home smelling fresh and clean.
- **Restoration and Reconstruction** Our skilled team works diligently to restore your property to its pre-fire condition. From repairing structural damage to painting walls, we handle the entire restoration process, sparing you the added stress of finding separate contractors.
- **Compassionate Support** We understand that fire damage goes beyond the physical aspect, affecting emotions and memories. Our team provides compassionate support throughout the restoration journey, ensuring you feel heard and cared for.
- **Insurance Assistance** Dealing with insurance claims can be complex, but you don't have to go through it alone. We collaborate with your insurance company to help streamline the claims process and ensure you receive the coverage you deserve.
At SERVPRO of Monroeville/Evergreen/Brewton, we take pride in being your trusted partners in fire damage restoration. We're here to bring back the warmth and comfort of your home, one step at a time. Remember, you're not alone; we're just a call away.
Contact us today at 251-809-1260 for immediate assistance and peace of mind.
SERVPRO Guide to Water Damage Restoration
Water damage can strike unexpectedly, causing significant harm to your home or business. When faced with such a situation, it's crucial to act swiftly and effectively to mitigate the damage. SERVPRO of Monroeville/Evergreen/Brewton understands the urgency and importance of water damage restoration, offering comprehensive services to help restore your property. In this blog, we will explore the key steps involved in water damage restoration and highlight the expertise of SERVPRO in Monroeville, Evergreen, and Brewton.
1. Assessing the Damage:
The first step in water damage restoration is to assess the extent of the damage. Trained professionals from SERVPRO of Monroeville/Evergreen/Brewton will conduct a thorough inspection of the affected area, identifying the source of the water intrusion, and evaluating the overall damage. This assessment will help them develop an effective restoration plan tailored to your specific needs.
2. Removing Standing Water:
To prevent further damage, it's crucial to remove any standing water promptly. SERVPRO's skilled technicians utilize advanced equipment such as pumps, wet vacuums, and industrial-grade dehumidifiers to extract the water efficiently. By employing their expertise and cutting-edge tools, they ensure that no trace of excess moisture remains, reducing the risk of mold growth and structural damage.
3. Drying and Dehumidification:
After extracting the standing water, the affected area needs to be thoroughly dried and dehumidified. SERVPRO technicians employ specialized drying techniques, including air movers and dehumidifiers, to eliminate moisture from surfaces, walls, and hidden spaces. This step is vital to prevent secondary damage and to restore the affected area to its pre-damage condition.
4. Cleaning and Sanitization:
Water damage can often lead to the growth of harmful bacteria and mold. SERVPRO of Monroeville/Evergreen/Brewton takes meticulous care to clean and sanitize the affected area, ensuring a safe and healthy environment. They employ industry-approved cleaning agents and techniques to remove contaminants and restore the cleanliness of your property.
5. Restoration and Reconstruction:
Depending on the severity of the water damage, certain areas of your property may require repairs or reconstruction. SERVPRO's team of professionals possesses the expertise to handle the restoration process, including repairing structural damage, replacing damaged materials, and restoring the aesthetics of your space. Their goal is to return your property to its pre-damage condition, ensuring your peace of mind.
Water damage restoration is a complex process that requires expertise, advanced equipment, and a prompt response. SERVPRO of Monroeville/Evergreen/Brewton offers comprehensive water damage restoration services, utilizing their vast experience and cutting-edge techniques to restore your property efficiently. Whether it's residential or commercial, their team is equipped to handle any scale of water damage, prioritizing your satisfaction and the well-being of your space. Don't hesitate to reach out to SERVPRO of Monroeville/Evergreen/Brewton when faced with water damage. Our restoration professionals are just a call away!
Why Choose SERVPRO?
Your friends at SERVPRO of Monroeville/Evergreen/Brewton hope that choosing us will always be an easy choice. However, if you need more convincing, the following are reasons that we hope you’ll trust us to make your damage feel, “Like it never even happened.”
SERVPRO® Is Faster to any size disaster™
- A fast response is key when damage from water, fire, storms, or other sources occurs. Day or night, any time of year, residents and business owners in our communities can expect us to respond quickly and efficiently to their damage emergencies.
We’re Highly Trained Damage Specialists
- We specialize in water damage restoration, as well as fire, storm, mold and other types of restoration. Our teams go through extensive training through IICRC, which sets industry standards. They're taught a proven process and best practices in water restoration, fire restoration, mold remediation, carpet and upholstery cleaning, and so much more.
We Utilize Advanced Technology & Techniques
- We invest in the latest technology and equipment. This helps us to be able to restore homes and businesses more quickly and efficiently while helping to minimize cost. This equipment includes:
- Moisture Detection and Measurement Equipment
- Water Extraction Equipment
- Drying Equipment
- Odor Removal & Deodorization Equipment
- Sanitizing Agents, Germicides, & Antimicrobial Treatments
We hope that you will choose us, and we hope you’ll remember that we are always Here to Help®!
For information on how we can help, you can call SERVPRO of Monroeville/Evergreen/Brewton at 251-809-1260.
How to Handle a Commercial Sewage Backup
Discovering sewage damage in your business can be both harrowing and disgusting. However, you'll need to be on your toes for the sewer cleanup. If it's more than a simple floor leak, specific measures need to be taken. While a restoration company can do the cleaning, there are a few procedures you may carry out. Here are four things to do if you find sewage damage in your business.
- Unplug and Turn Off Nearby Electronics
First and foremost, it's essential to get rid of any safety hazards around the sewer backup. Make sure anything that runs on electricity is turned off and/or unplugged. Here are some items to look out for in a business setting:
- Video Equipment
Don't try to use anything electronic that was in the area. If the water touches one of these items, the surrounding area could become dangerous.
- Open Windows
Mold is a serious concern after sewage damage occurs. Therefore, airing out your space is an essential task if you want to deter it. The fresh air also helps to get rid of any putrid smells from, for instance, a flooded toilet.
- Remove Endangered Items
Anything that's been contaminated by the sewage should be left to the professionals, but it's prudent to remove non-contaminated items from the area. If the water keeps leaking, it's liable to reach more of your property. Keep in mind that contaminated items might be restorable.
- Inspect the Damage
The entire sewer cleanup process will go faster if you know what needs to be done. Without coming in contact with the sewage, try to see what damage has been caused. Make sure that restoration experts know your findings. If you can tell that something can't be restored and must be replaced, you'll be able to start that process immediately.
Sewage damage is never pretty, but it doesn't have to be debilitating. Stay attentive and know what steps to take. Once the sewer cleanup is over, you can know you did your best for the business.
If you experience a sewage backup at your commercial property, call the experts at SERVPRO of Monroeville/Evergreen/Brewton at 251-809-1260.
Preparing Your Business for Disaster
Have you stopped to consider whether or not your business is truly ready for whatever happens?
Sure, you may have your shelves stocked and your labels printed with restock orders on the way. But do you have a plan in place for when the unexpected happens and you’re stuck with picking up the pieces?
Disasters are a natural part of life in our area. When you take into account the year, or better yet, the decade, we’ve had so far, it would be wise to consider how your business may be affected when these disasters strike. Whether it’s an unprecedented pandemic, a historic freeze that forced the whole south central region of the United States to come to a screeching halt, or your average thunder, lightning, and hail storms that seem to make a weekly appearance. In this region, anything can happen.
You may know SERVPRO of Monroeville/Evergreen/Brewton as your go-to disaster restoration company, which we are. But do you also know that we specialize in helping your business get disaster ready as well? One of the ways we enjoy serving our community partners is by creating Emergency Ready Profiles, or ERPs, for their commercial properties.
When our SERVPRO of Monroeville/Evergreen/Brewton representatives meet with local business owners and facility managers, we gather important materials such as building information, utility shut off locations, and key contacts. Not only is this information important as it pertains to the daily tasks of a facility manager, but it’s also pertinent in the event of an emergency or disaster when time is of the essence.
One of the key benefits in setting up an ERP with our team is having all of your essential property information in one place. In addition to keeping such relevant information organized, your local SERVPRO representative will contact you periodically to update any changes to your profile.
Becoming disaster-ready is a process and our team is eager to help you get started! To set up your free Emergency Ready Profile, call our office today to speak to one of our representatives and ensure that your business is "Ready for whatever happens", just like SERVPRO of Monroeville/Evergreen/Brewton.
Understanding Your Mold Coverage
Understanding Your Mold Protection
You purchase insurance for your home to protect it and save yourself the cost of repairing damages. Mold issues can lower property value and even make a home almost impossible to sell. Most homeowner’s policies, however, do not cover the services of mold remediation specialists. Even if your policy does offer some type of mold coverage, there is usually a pretty low cap to the amount of your potential payout. Since fungus growth can often be prevented, its presence tends to be seen as more the fault of the homeowner than as a circumstance beyond one’s control.
Even if you have mold insurance or a policy that includes mold remediation, you need to be able to prove that you have done everything to prevent the problem from occurring. You can protect your home from mold simply by following some key prevention tips:
- Check indoor water sources for leaks frequently.
- Fix problems you find immediately.
- Lower the humidity of your home.
- Watch for condensation or standing water.
- Ventilate bathrooms, laundry rooms and attics appropriately.
Guarding against excess water can inhibit fungus growth and thereby decrease the need for an insurance policy that covers it. Prevention is the best way to protect your home from damage caused by mold.
An extensive mold problem can appear quickly, but there are usually extenuating circumstances that lead up to it, making it difficult to get insurance to cover the cost of remediation. Any problem that could have been foreseen or halted at its early stages is less likely to warrant an adjuster’s approval. If you believe that your mold issue is an exception, it is a good idea to enlist mold remediation technicians to back up your reasoning when the adjuster arrives.
No one likes to see fungus growth in their homes, nor does one like the bad news that it probably won’t be something their insurance covers. With proper prevention techniques or the expert opinion of a certified technician, you may be able to avoid the high out-of-pocket cost of mold remediation.
If you have questions related to mold or mold remediation, call the experts at SERVPRO of Monroeville/Evergreen/Brewton at 251-809-1260.
Commercial Flood Damage Can Be Caused By High Winds
Anyone from our area knows that we can often see heavy hitting winds blowing through town. When the wind blows hard, and the gusts get high in speed, an object can become airborne and strike your glass shop, which could cause your business commercial flood damage.
When the wind picks up during a storm, it can blow branches off of trees, dirt, or landscaping rocks to fly into your company's building's windows. Commercial flood damage is often caused by windows breaking due to high winds. Once a hole in your structure occurs, the interior of your glass store can start to retain moisture, and many of your contents and building materials can get wet. The rocks or branches that broke your window could also ruin some of your glass bulk or products.
Once the exterior shell of your structure gets breached, it is wise to call in a professional restoration company such as SERVPRO of Monroeville/Evergreen/Brewton. We can start mitigating your storm-related issues by first securing your structure. If it continues to rain and your building is exposed to the outdoors, rainwater can keep entering your store and cause your business more problems.
For example, if moisture enters your place of business through a broken window, our SERVPRO technicians can board up and seal the opening with plastic so that no more rainwater can keep getting into your glass shop. We can then take other preventative measures to seal your building from the outdoors, like putting sandbags on each of your lower door seals. If the wind blew something into your roof, then we can temporarily seal it until we can get the problem repaired by a certified roofer.
Once our SERVPRO team secures your building and keeps water from entering, we then begin assessing the situation. We conduct an initial inspection to see what items inside your store we can save and which items must get removed and replaced. In some cases, many of your affected contents and building materials can be saved through our extraction and applied structural drying procedures.
If your commercial property suffers damage as a result of a storm, call SERVPRO of Monroeville/Evergreen/Brewton at (251) 809-1260.
Winter Fire Prevention
It seems like every year, the holiday season approaches faster and faster—but that means the increased risk of house fires does, too. Our franchise has seen a dramatic increase recently in calls for house fire cleanup.
The leading cause of home fires is cooking regardless of the season, but the chances for heating and electrical-related fires always increases when the weather turns colder. Focusing on fire safety throughout your wintertime celebrations will ensure that fires are far less likely to get a chance to spark.
Tips for Fire Prevention Around the Holiday Season
Keep safe when cooking. Cooking is the top cause of house fires in every season, but during the winter, there are more large, family style meals and far more baking which causes the frequency of cooking related fires to increase. It is wise to always keep a fire extinguisher in the kitchen and be careful about utensils, potholders, dish towels and curtains being anywhere near the stove.
Heat the house with proper precautions. It is common to use space heaters throughout the winter season to knock the chill off, but it is important to be certain your model has safety features such as a tip over shutoff and overheating sensor. If you have a fireplace in the home, have your chimney inspected annually to reduce the risk of fire, and be sure to never leave a fire or a space heater unattended or going while you sleep.
Decorate with care. The decorations commonly associated with Christmas, such as trees and lights, present an electrical hazard if they are not installed correctly. Christmas tree fires due to electricity are extremely common, often as a result of the lights being plugged in improperly. Make sure to not overload outlets or power cables, and never use decorations with frayed wiring.
If you have fire damage at your home this holiday season, call the fire restoration professionals at SERVPRO of Monroeville/Evergreen/Brewton at (251) 809-1260.
Winter Weather Fire Safety
Winter weather isn’t a common occurrence in our area, but winter storms do happen from time to time. It is important to keep the following advice in mind before, during, and after a winter storm hits our area. These tips will help keep you and your family safe from a winter fire.
- Test all smoke alarms. Do this at least once a month. This way you will know they are working. Install carbon monoxide alarms in your home. Test the alarms.
- Plan two ways out of the home in case of an emergency. Clear driveway and front walk of ice and snow. This will provide easy access to your home.
- Make sure your house number can be seen from the street. If you need help, firefighters will be able to find you.
- Be ready in case the power goes out. Have flashlights on hand. Also, have battery-powered lighting and fresh batteries. Never use candles.
- Stay aware of winter weather. Listen to the television or radio for updates. Watch for bulletins online.
- Check on neighbors. Check on others who may need help.
- Generators should be used outdoors. Keep them away from windows and doors. Do not run a generator inside your garage, even if the door is open.
- Stay away from downed wires. Report and downed wires to authorities.
- Be ready if the heat stops working. Use extra layers of clothes and blankets to stay warm. If you use an emergency heat source, keep anything that can burn at least 3 feet away.
- Turn portable heaters off when you leave the room. Turn them off when you go to bed.
There are more home fires in winter than in any other season. Half of all home heating fires happen in December, January, and February.
As you stay cozy and warm this winter season be fire smart! If you do suffer fire damage at your home, give the fire restoration professionals at SERVPRO of Monroeville/Evergreen/Brewton a call at (251) 809-1260.