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Importance of a Commercial Property of Planning for a disaster.
As a manager of a commercial property you day is already quite busy and have little time for self improvement projects. However, this is not an adequate reason to not prepare for a disaster by developing an ERP(Emergency Ready Profile).
We heard a very inspiring story from the SERVPRO of South Tulsa, Oklahoma location where their client stated if the would have had an ERP in place it could have save life of children.
During a tornado the children were relocated to the basement of the school for safety. Then the water pipe broke causing it to flood in the basement but were trapped due to the tornadoes debris. They were unable to locate the shut off valve resulting in a few children's death. https://nypost.com/2013/05/21/several-children-drowned-in-basement-as-tornado-leveled-okla-school-as-officials-continue-recovery-efforts/
SERVPRO of Chambersburg can offer the ERP to help located and list out the hazards along with shut off procedures. But most important is the training that can be conducted on a quarterly or bi-yearly basis so all employees are educated.
How SERVPRO Can help Banks in the Chambersburg area
SERVPRO of Chambersburg often preforms services aside from the standard fire and water damage. An example is SERVPRO of Chambersburg has worked with many banks regarding providing estimate, cleaning services, emptying out property and mold remediation on bank owned homes. When homeowner leaves the property due to failure to pay or foreclosure the homeowner can cause major destruction from anger. SERVPRO of Chambersburg has seen it all. From tubs, toilets, sinks filled with fecal matter to hoarding left behind. SERVPRO of Chambersburg can provide quick and efficient clean up services. In addition is the water/mold damage. When the property is unattended for a length of time as the bank manager do not have the time to do weekly inspection the property can suffer a water damage that progresses into mold.
Call SERVPRO of Chambersburg to schedule an estimate regarding your bank owned property.
How SERVPRO of Chambersburg can service hotels
SERVPRO of Chambersburg had provided services to many hotels in the area from water damage to standard carpet cleaning. While these services were completed there were some things to learn about risk factors. Sprinklers are put in place into commercial facilities to prevent severe fires from occurring but when they are handled improperly they can cause damage from a break. A few years ago the cause of the hotels water damage was resulting from a guest hanging there clothes hanger onto the sprinkler when pulling it down it snapped the sprinkler activating a few rooms sprinkler causing water damage. The staff onsite had no idea where about the shut off was to the water line and water kept on coming for 30 minutes. Having a SERVPRO ERP could have reduce the severity of water damage if the water was shut off quickly.
Top Commercial Mold Damage Tips to Remember After a Flood
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If your home or commercial building recently flooded due to storm damage or some sort of plumbing issues, you're probably unsure of the next step. Not only are you worried about property damage from the water, but you also have to worry about mold in your home or business. Mold can affect indoor air quality, can cause significant property damage and can cause a foul smell that even the best deodorization techniques can't get rid of! Follow these tips if you're dealing with residential or commercial mold in Chambersburg, PA.
Get Rid of Moisture
This is the very first step! Before the mold can be properly addressed, as much moisture as possible needs to be removed. If there is standing water, it can be dangerous to walk into your home or commercial property, so please make sure you can safely enter the building or structure.
You just never really know what can be floating around in standing water that can hurt you. For example, electrical wiring. You don't want to endure an electrical shock. Once you know you can safely enter, PROTECT YOURSELF by wearing protective clothing, such as gloves and a face mask.
Hire a Professional
The best thing you can do is leave it to the experts. Rely on a team of professionals to help get your home or business back in tip-top shape. Experts can come in and assess the true extent of the damage and help ensure all of the molds is properly remediated. We promise it could save you a lot of time, money and headaches in the future.
Employee's complaining about mold?
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As an employer your have an obligation to provide a safe environment for your employees. If you have employees who you believe are making false complaints regarding mold here's what you need to do.
- Do not attempt to clean any of the discoloration or possible mold spores yourself.
- Hire and indoor environmental hygienist to do air and surface samples.
- If you have a positive result for needed remediation contact SERVPRO of Chambersburg.
An Indoor environmental hygienist is a trained professional who test for mold. This is a lab report that will provide levels of mold, kinds of mold and often explanation of reason it developed. If this report indicate that no high level of mold were found and do not need a remediation you've not only saved yourself the cost of a costly remediation but can help assure your employees are truly safe.
Call SERVPRO of Chambersburg for your mold inquiries we are always willing to provide education and recommedation to customers.
Lost Income on your Commercial Insurance Policy
On site of a local Church performing services.
When your business experiences a disaster that interrupts business you may have something in your policy to provide income to you and your staff while the building is being restored. Each business owner will have to assess how much income they produce daily to outweigh there saves as to when the policy would kick in to allow coverages. This allows the owner to focus on the consuming task of a restoration process and to allow the property length of time to fix the damages. Rushing a project can not always be the best approach and cause unachievable deadlines. During an extensive re-build there could be time involved verifying coverages, permits, inspections and delays due to weather that area all outside anyone's control.
Call your agent to review your coverages on an annual basis to ensure when the time arises your properly covered.
Call SERVPRO of Chambersburg for your business needs at 717-261-0310
5,000 Sq Feet Flooded in Chambersburg
Over 3 feet of water was originally in this basement.
This Chambersburg business suffered a water main break from the street causing a massive amount of water to enter the basement flooding over 5,000 square feet. Flood water that come's from outside and enter's the property is category 3 water (contaminated). From the industry website here is what Category 3 is : Category 3 Water – That which is highly contaminated . Examples: sewage, rising flood water from rivers and streams, ground surface water flowing horizontally into homes. There are two ways in which water enters a building as a result of wind storm damage. To Learn more about the different types of water damage visit : http://www.IICRC.org/registrants/industry-perspective/
Every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when an emergency situation arises in your business, give our Professionals a call and they’ll be there fast with the help you need.
Restoring Your Chambersburg Commercial Property After A Water Damage Event
Over 3 feet of water was in this business basement in downtown Chambersburg.
Flooding and water damage events at Chambersburg commercial properties are often complex with numerous issues that require a knowledgeable and flexible response. Whether we’re dealing with a relatively small water cleanup scenario or a large scale event, we work quickly to assess each unique situation and isolate the damaged area. In many instances, normal operations can continue in a temporary space while we restore your facility.
Restoring Commercial Properties Presents Unique Challenges
Our professionals are trained to be mindful of legal and environmental concerns and strive to fully restore the damaged area while working within your budgetary constraints. We understand that every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when an emergency situation arises in your business, give us a call and we’ll be there fast with the help you need.
About SERVPRO of Chambersburg
SERVPRO of Chambersburg specializes in the cleanup and restoration of commercial and residential property after a water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.
Meet Our Crew
- RRRP - Lead-Based Paint Activities and Renovation
- OSHA - Other Training
- ASD - Applied Structural Drying Technician
- ECTP - Employee Certification Training Program
- FSRT - Fire & Smoke Damage Restoration Technician
- WRT - Water Damage Restoration Technician
- OCT - Odor Control Technician
The Different Causes of Commercial Water Damage
Specaility Drying Equipment for Commercial Large water damageds
Work Place Water Damage is Restored by SERVPRO
When business owners visualize water damage, they often picture a massive storm wiping out power lines, flooding offices, and shutting down businesses for days at a time. It is true that commercial water damage is often the result of floods and water that stems from weather events and storms.
However, many entrepreneurs and business space renters forget that storms and severe weather aren't the only causes of floods and water damage. Here are some of the typical causes of water damage to commercial buildings.
1. Malfunctioning sprinkler systems
Some older office and retail buildings still have outdated sprinkler systems that work in conjunction with fire protection systems. While such sprinklers can come in handy during a fire emergency, they can also cause commercial flood damage if they are faulty or in need of replacement. This could easily damage inventory and business assets.
2. Damaged appliances and equipment
This cause of commercial flood damage is more common in restaurants and catering facilities, as well as any business that has appliances and equipment that make use of water. If the appliance fails and sends water across your building, especially during late hours when no one is around, you may come back to work and face a water emergency.
3. Broken pipes and plumbing
Just like in a residence, if the plumbing system in your workplace fails water damage could be the result.
4. Backed up sewer lines
This is another cause of commercial water damage that often catches business owners by surprise. Should the sewer line to your building back up or become damaged, realize the potential dangers of contaminated Black Water which can cause health effects and ruin products and office furnishings.
If your business has suffered commercial water damage, SERVPRO of Chambersburg will get you back up and running again. Call us anytime 24/7 at (717)-261-0310 for fast help.
The Best Way to Reduce Business Interruption Following a Disaster is to Plan For it NOW.
As many as 50% of businesses may never recover following a disaster, according to the latest industry research. Of the businesses that survive, the overwhelming majority of them had a preparedness plan in place. Pre-planning can serve as an insurance policy aimed at peace of mind. By developing a SERVPRO® Emergency READY Profile for your business, you minimize business interruption by having an immediate plan of action. Knowing what to do and what to expect in advance is the key to timely mitigation and can help minimize how water and fire damage can affect your business.
Are You Ready? Preparation is a key component for making it through any size disaster, whether it’s a small water leak, a large fire or an area flood. The best time for planning for such events is not when the event happens, but well before it happens. No one ever plans on a disaster, but you can plan for it. Now is the time to ask yourself, “Are you ready for whatever could happen?” The SERVPRO® Emergency READY Profile is a start up approach that provides the critical information needed to begin mitigation and recovery services. It is designed to serve as a quick reference of important building and contact information. By working with SERVPRO’s Emergency READY Profile, your business will receive the benefit of over 40 years of experience in reducing the impact of any natural or man-made disaster. SERVPRO® is a leader in water and fire damage response and can help you quickly get your property back in working order.
- A no cost assessment of your facility.
This means there is no need to allocate funds, giving you a great value at no cost.
- A concise Profile Document that contains only the critical information needed in the event of an emergency.
It will only take a little time to complete and will not take you away from current projects. But it will save a lot of time if ever needed.
- A guide to help you get back into your building following a disaster.
This can help minimize the amount of time your business is inactive by having an immediate plan of action.
- Establishes your local SERVPRO Franchise Professional as your disaster mitigation and restoration provider.
You have a provider that is recognized as an industry leader and close by.
- Identification of the line of command for authorizing work to begin.
This saves time so we can begin the work of mitigating the damage which can save you time and money.
- Provides facility details such as shut-off valve locations, priority areas and priority contact information.
Having a quick reference of what to do, how to do it and who to call provides solutions in advance of an emergency so that during the emergency you are "Ready for whatever happens.
Do you know how to shut off the water at your work?
Now that's a huge water damage!
Many workplaces always call's on the boss or the maintenance man when something goes wrong. What if they were home sick, or in a meeting and you need to locate the water shut off, where do you start?
SERVPRO of Chambersburg can help commercial property in planning for a water, fire, storm damage. How, with a free Emergency Response Profile created by the SERVPRO Marketing Department.
By having a plan of action and including it into your regular training at your office you can minimize the cost if an unplanned event happens like a frozen pipe, fire, or anything.
Some property manager use this as a tool to keep everything organized in one central location.
Is your business ready for a disaster. Even a simple pipe burst can cause a lot of damage and headache. With a SERVPRO® Emergency READY Profile it can have the critical information to minimize damages, provide the resources for the employee's of the company, and provide property details and information. This is a FREE services that we provide to commercial properties.
Make an appointment today to get started!
If the unthinkable happens, call your local SERVPRO of Chambersburg Professionals at (717) 261-0310 seven days a week 24/7 to help you avoid the cost and hassle of secondary damages. We will help make it "Like it never even happened."
Commercial Mold Removal in Franklin County
Mold in Kitchen Sink Cabinet
It is important to understand that mold is present everywhere. When you walk in from outside or even open your door, you are carrying mold spores with you. It is only when mold starts originating from indoors that it becomes the problem. Mold spores can travel through HVAC systems and can cause breathing problems. They thrive on moisture so the more humid your building is, the better chance mold has of cultivating. It is important to keep your hair before 45 percent humidity in order to keep mold from growing. Mold is accompanies by a musty smell that could cause more problems in the future.
Commercial Mold Remediation in Baltimore
If left to its own devices, mold can spread throughout the entire building. While every mold infestation is different, the process of mold remediation mostly remains the same. The first step for any business owner to take is to call the Emergency SERVPRO Number. Our mold specialists will be out to your business as soon as possible in order to inspect and assess the situation of the mold damage. The next step is to contain the area. We will not allow anyone but our crew into the area so we can make sure the mold doesn’t spread into different areas of the building. Once the mold is contained, we will install a temporary air filtration system to keep spores from moving around and settling elsewhere. We will then start removing the mold as well as the contaminated materials such as drywall and insulation that could contain mold spores. We will clean up anything that has come into contact with the mold including personal belongings.
We know that for every hour your doors are closed is a loss of business so are Mold Remediation Specialists will work our hardest in order to remove the problem. Our commercial mold remediation will return your Franklin County business back to working order as soon as possible.
Contact SERVPRO of Chambersburg
Mold can halt your business, but with our Emergency Service, your Franklin County based business will be back up in no time!
Preventing Commercial Water Damage
Commercial Dehumidifier at Water Damage
Before hurricane season rolls into the area, business owners everywhere should start thinking about how to prevent commercial water damage. Everything from maintenance checks to grading systems should be checked. So how do you plan on protecting your business from water damage? Read on to find out what you should be considering.
Building and Street Maintenance
When was the last time your storm drains were cleared? Annual inspections of your floor, storm, and roof drains can help you avoid drainage problems. If your floor drains haven’t been cleaned lately, take a vacuum hose and clear it or call a professional.
There are at least two sump pumps in each sump under your building. Sump pumps are used to keep flood waters from building up and causing water damage. But are yours both working? When was the last time they were tested? Do they have battery backups in case of a power outage? Power outages were the cause of 18 percent of water damage incidents involving a sump pump. Because sump pumps run on electricity, power outages shut down the pumps allowing water to flood your facility. If these pumps are your main source of protection, you should consider a generator to keep them going.
Generator Fuel Tanks
In areas subject to flooding, it is important to relocate your generator fuel tanks out of the basement. Generator fuel can be contaminated in the event of a basement flood, prohibiting generator functions, and prevent power from reaching the pumps.
Does grading lead away from your building? Grading helps to move water away from your building instead of moving towards it. Checking your grading system can help keep water from flowing into your building.
Clear the Floor
One of the leading causes of water damage is the items on the floor. You can avoid this by removing porous materials, boxes, and paper from the floor of your basement. Keep all of your electronics off the floor and make sure to turn off your electronics when you are expecting heavy rains.
Emergency Ready Profile (ERP) FAQ
Bright Green Folder to keep all your important recovery plans in.
The marketing team at SERVPRO® of Chambersburg has been busy helping local businesses prepare for their next challenge by creating an Emergency Ready Profile® (ERP). Here are the most frequent questions we encounter when introducing the ERP to property managers and business owners.
What Is an ERP?
An Emergency Ready Profile® compiled by a SERVPRO® Franchise professional is a document that organizes critical emergency information so that a property owner or manager can respond quickly and efficiently to a disaster. While many emergency plans focus on getting people out of a building safely, our plan aims to get everyone back in the building again as soon as possible.
What Will an ERP Cost?
There is no charge for an ERP. Homeowners are encouraged to download the SERVPRO® Ready Plan App to create their own personal Emergency Ready Profile® for their home. Commercial property owners and business managers can contact their local SERVPRO® Franchise to have a professional come out and create the profile for them.
What Is in It for You?
With an ERP, you will be able to reduce business interruption and quickly mitigate a loss following an adverse event, saving both time and money. Important information like where to find your water, gas, electric and sprinkler shutoffs and key contacts for beginning restoration will be right at your fingertips in the SERVPRO® Ready Plan App, and you will be able to share this information quickly and easily with anyone who needs it.
What Is in It for SERVPRO®?
You may be wondering what’s in it for us if there is no charge for an ERP. That is a fair question. First, we hope that helping you prepare before you need our services makes it more likely you will think of us when disaster strikes. Second, we know that having this information organized ahead of time will allow us to better serve you should you choose to call us following an adverse event. However, even if you never use our services, we will still have the satisfaction of helping our community be better equipped to survive a disaster.
Who Has Access to Your Information?
Once we compile a commercial ERP, we deliver the following to the business owner or any approved personal at your company:
· A printed document ERP.
· A username and password for each user the mobile Ready Plan app version of your ERP, so you can immediately share it with all necessary parties at your discretion.
Here at SERVPRO® of Chambersburg the document is stored locally on our server, and the mobile version is stored in the SERVPRO® corporate Ready Plan app, in case you need us to respond to an emergency at your site.