Three Ways To Keep Mold Out Of Your Business!!
To make money in business, you must ensure your warehouse and other commercial facilities stay in good shape. If you have mold growth at your job site, your employees may not want to come to work. Moreover, mold can ruin equipment, furnishings, inventory and other items. As such, mold prevention should be important to you. Here are three ways you can keep mold from growing inside your commercial building.
1. Watch for Leaks
Water is important to any business. After all, you have water surging through pipes, feeding toilets and sinks and facilitating everyday operations. When water stays where it is supposed to stay, you probably don’t think much about it. If there is a leak, though, mold can grow quickly. Accordingly, to contain mold, you must watch for signs of water damage. By regularly inspecting plumbing systems, fixtures, gutters, basements and sump pumps, you can decrease your odds of missing the sorts of leaks that allow mold to flourish.
2. Invest in a Hygrometer
Standing water isn’t the only thing that contributes to the growth of mold. On the contrary, high humidity can encourage mold to grow rampantly. As such, if mold prevention is important to you, you must have a way of measuring humidity. With a hygrometer, you know exactly how much moisture is in the air.
3. Prioritize Mold Removal
Because it reproduces with microscopic spores, mold can spread quickly. If you notice mold inside your building, you can assume it has moved to other areas. By contracting with a mold-mitigation service, you can develop a plan for eradicating mold.
As a business owner you understand the importance of keeping your commercial property in tip-top shape. While a variety of things affect the condition of your building, mold can quickly ruin it. By focusing on mold prevention, you ensure you get the most out of your commercial facility.
If you have questions or concerns do not hesitate to call us @ 256-378-1319 where we are always here to help!!
Know Your Policy!!
What happens when you are standing on your front lawn watching the fire department attempt to save your burning house? Your first thought is: is my home salvageable? Your second thought is: will the insurance company cover this? You think to yourself that you must call your agent and a reputable company that is familiar with this type of loss, which is SERVPRO. Our professionals have worked for many years to help make fire damage “Like it never even happened.”
If your home is destroyed and uninhabitable, ensure that your homeowner’s policy has a loss clause that covers living expenses. You will need living expenses while your home is being repaired or rebuilt. Many people do not know their insurance policies well enough to advocate for themselves with their insurance company. Knowledge is the best protection. Be sure that you know what you are and are not covered for before a disaster strikes.
SERVPRO of Talladega, Clay & Randolph counties will not only be able to restore your home, but our knowledgeable Project Managers are well-versed in insurance coverage. SERVPRO works with all insurance companies and will communicate directly with your adjuster to ensure that you are back in your own home as quickly as possible. Our PM’s will help guide you as best they can during this extremely stressful time, and our expert and compassionate crew will get you back on your feet in no time.
Steps For Fire Restoration!!
After the fire trucks leave, your home likely suffers from fire and smoke damage and extensive water damage from firefighting efforts. SERVPRO of Talladega, Clay & Randolph Counties has the specialized fire restoration training needed to restore your home to pre-fire condition.
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Every fire damage event is a little different, and requires a unique solution, but the general process stays the same. The steps listed below illustrate our process for the “typical” fire damage emergency.
Step 1: Emergency Contact
The restoration process begins when you call SERVPRO of Wyoming County/Kingston Township, which is on call 24 hours a day. Our representative will ask a series of questions regarding the fire damage event that will help us dispatch our team of Professionals with the appropriate equipment and resources.
Step 2: Inspection and Fire Damage Assessment
Our Professionals will carefully inspect and test adjoining rooms of your property to determine the extent of the fire, smoke, and soot damage. This step is crucial to developing a plan of action.
Step 3: Immediate Board-Up and Roof-Tarp Service
Fire damage can often compromise windows, walls, and roofs. To maintain security and to protect against further damage, we can board up missing windows and walls and place tarps on damaged roofs.
Step 4: Water Removal and Drying (if water damage is present)
The water removal process begins almost immediately and removes the majority of the water. We will then use dehumidifiers and air movers to remove the remaining water and complete the drying process.
Step 5: Removal of Smoke and Soot from All Surfaces
We will use specialized equipment and techniques to remove smoke and soot from ceilings, walls, and other surfaces.
Step 6: Cleaning and Sanitizing
We will clean all of the restorable items and structures that were damaged by the fire. We use a variety of cleaning techniques to restore your belongings to pre-fire condition. We’re also trained to remove odors using industrial air scrubbers and fogging equipment.
Step 7: Restoration
Restoration is the final step—getting your home or business to its pre-fire condition. Restoration may involve minor repairs, such as replacing drywall, painting, and installing new carpet; or it may entail major repairs such as the reconstruction of various areas or rooms in a home or business.
We Are Always Here To Help!!
SERVPRO franchises are independently owned and operated, but we are all still a part of the SERVPRO family. We help each other out, just like a family. If a neighboring franchise has an overload of calls (we call it double occupancy), they can call another SERVPRO to help.
We also help each other out when large events happen. Hurricanes, tornadoes, floods, freezes, and wildfires happen every year. We call these Storm events and multiple franchises outside the affected area will send crews to the area to help. We really are just one really big family and we always come together to help.
We are here for you when you need us, just like we are when another SERVPRO needs us. Call us at 256-378-1319 and let us help you make it "Like it never even happened."
What To Do Before The Storm!!
Preparing for a storm can be intimidating, let us give you some tips to make the process a lot easier for you.
Before The Storm:
- Build an emergency supply kit and make a family communication plan.
- Remove dead or rotting trees and branches that could fall and cause injury or damage during a severe thunderstorm.
- Postpone outdoor activities.
- Remember the 30/30 Lighting Safety Rule: Go indoors if, after seeing lighting, you cannot count to 30 before hearing thunder. Stay indoors for 30 minutes after hearing the last clap of thunder.
- Secure outdoor objects that could blow away or cause damage.
- Get inside a home, building, or hard top automobile (not a convertible). Although you may be injured if lighting strikes your car, you are much safer inside a vehicle than outside.
- Remember, rubbed-soled shoes and rubber tires provide NO protection from lighting. However, the steel frame of a hard-topped vehicle provides increased protection if you are not touching metal.
- Shutter windows and secure outside doors. If shutters are not available, close window blinds, shades or curtains.
- Unplug any electronic equipment well before the storm arrives.
If you have experienced storm damage please give us a call at 256-378-1319 where we can make it "Like it never even happened."
Are you aware that during a hail storm more than just your vehicles are potentially vulnerable to damage and future repairs? When hail hits, it can damage the roof or covering of your home as well as other personal property. Although hailstorms can be destructive, the amount of damage can vary greatly. Following are some factors that affect the type and degree of damage that may be impacted by a hailstorm, as well as a guide on how to identify hail damage to different types of shingles and roofing materials.
- Wind – During a hailstorm, wind direction and wind speed can vary. Changes in wind conditions can affect the location and severity of hail impacts.
- Size and density – The size of the hailstones can affect the degree of damage, if any, to your property. A hailstone can be as small as a pea, or as large as a softball. Most hailstones do not have smooth edges, which can impact the type of damage they cause.
- Building materials – Building materials absorb hail impacts differently. For example, hail can cause dings in aluminum siding, gutters or asphalt shingles, whereas it can crack vinyl siding or wood shakes. Alternatively, softball-sized hailstones can be dense enough and strong enough to puncture a roof. Additionally, the age and condition of a roof could affect the degree of damage.
- Barriers– The position of neighboring structures and natural barriers, like tree cover, landscaping, fences or adjacent homes can reduce the ability of hail to cause damage.
How To Prevent Water Damage At Your Commercial Property
Whether you are getting ready for a renovation in your commercial building or the new development of a large facility, the prevention of water damage is necessary. An unexpected storm or a neglected water pipe repair can lead to several inconveniences during the construction process:
- Property damage
- Debris removal
Therefore, before starting any new build or renovation, make sure there is a plan in place for any potential water issues. The preparations should focus on four vital aspects of the construction project: pre-planning, administrative responsibilities, organization of project materials and inspections and controls.
While a possible broken pipe is one concern during construction, there are many others, including weather, property grading, exposed pipes, etc. Therefore, speaking with experienced contractors and remediation specialists is likely beneficial during the planning phase to reduce water loss risks.
A needed water pipe repair should not result in significant setbacks during the construction project. These issues should never reach the point of causing severe damage. The best way to avert these crises is to assign responsibility and oversight to a team lead.
Organization of Deliveries and Storage
Beyond pre-planning and assigning administrative responsibility, someone needs to oversee material delivery and storage. If you order materials all at once and store them in a low area, like a basement, then there is a risk of severe loss. A flooded basement or storage space can cost a company thousands in material replacement and time. Therefore, do not order all materials at once and make sure they have a high and dry place to wait for use.
Inspections and Controls
No amount of preparation or intelligent storage will eliminate water damage risks. Therefore, mandatory inspections and water controls should take place from day one to identify and resolve potential problems quickly and without incident.
New commercial construction or renovation carries with it risks of water damage. However, with diligence and inspections for needed water pipe repair work, a project can significantly reduce those risks. Consult a remediation and construction expert to identify potential problems before work even begins.
Surviving Flood Damages!!
Floods can happen at anytime and anywhere as a result of rain, snow coastal storms, storm surges and the overflow of dams as well as water systems. Just 6 inches of moving water can knock a person down and 1 foot of moving water is enough to sweep your vehicle away. Remember the following:
- Depending on where you are and the impact and warning time of the flooding, go to a previously identified safe location.
- If you are told to evacuate, leave immediately. Never drive around barricades that local responders have used to safely direct traffic out of flooded areas.
- Listen to EAS, NOAA Weather Radio or local alerting systems for current emergency information and instructions.
- Do not walk, swim, or drive through flood waters. Turn around.
- Stay off bridges over fast moving water. Bridges can be wash away without warning.
- If your vehicle is trapped in fast moving water, stay inside unless the water is rising inside the vehicle, then seek safety on the roof.
- If trapped in a building, go to the highest level. Do not go into a closed attic where you may be trapped by rising floodwater. Go to the roof if necessary and signal for help.
- Always remember to listen to authorities for information and instructions during a flood situation and return home only when they say it is safe to do so.
If a flood does strike your home or business, contact SERVPRO of Talladega, Clay and Randolph Counties at 256-378-1319 for all your water restoration needs.
Sewage Back Up Oh My!
Sewage back-ups and toilet overflows are some of the most common issues home and business owners can experience. Water from sewer system backups should be considered very dangerous. The water is grossly unsanitary and may contain bacteria and viruses that could cause serious illness.
Special training and equipment is necessary to safely clean this type of contamination. That’s why it is important to call the professionals who have experience cleaning up these types of issues. SERVPRO of Talladega, Clay and Randolph Counties understand that there are three major types of contaminated water and the necessary steps to handle each scenario. SERVPRO of Talladega, Clay and Randolph Counties will inspect that contaminated water to determine the type of water and then plan the appropriate response to safely restore your home or business.
The Three Types of Water
Category 1: Clean Water
- Water from a clean source like a broken water line
- If left untreated, can degrade into category 2 or 3
Category 2: Gray Water
- May contain bacteria and viruses - may include washing machine overflow; toilet overflow with some urine, but no feces; or dishwasher overflow.
- Can quickly degrade into category 3 if left untreated.
Category 3: Black Water
- May contain untreated sewage, harsh chemicals, and microbes
- Water from flooding rivers or sewer backup
If your home or business experiences a sewage issue, it should be treated as quickly as possible. Call SERVPRO of Talladega, Clay and Randolph Counties at (256)-378-1319 and our professionals will respond 24 hours a day for emergency services.
Water Leaks In Your Business? We Can Help!
When you own or manage a place of business, disasters are always in the back of your mind. What if something might happen and you have to be closed for a significant amount of time? Something such as a water leak can do this to your place of business. So what are things you can do to prevent this from happening?
Check the usual suspects of a water leak.
]Appliances, pipes and drains, and the roof are these suspects. The older these things are, the more often you need to check them. When you are checking these items if you see something wrong, immediately get them fixed. Keep a close eye on lose hose connections and caulk areas since these are simple fixes. In addition, you should continue to update maintenance on all appliances and equipment. In regards to the outside of your place of business, keep the gutters free of debris. This will help reduce the likelihood of your roof being damaged.
In addition, you should look into SERVPRO’s ERP (Emergency Ready Profile) which goes into play when a disaster strikes your place of business. If you want to inquire about the ERP or have a disaster happen at your place of business, call us at (256)-378-1319, and we will make it look “Like it never even happened."