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Common Causes of Commercial Water Damage
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Some older office and retail buildings still have outdated sprinkler systems that work in conjunction with fire protection systems.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 have 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 the Quad Cities will get you back up and running again. Call us anytime 24/7 at (256)383-4470 for fast help.
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SERVPRO of the Quad Cities is locally owned and operated, so we are part of this community too. When you have a cleaning or restoration need, we’re already nearby and ready to help. We take pride in being a part of the Florence/Muscle Shoals community and want to do our part in making it the best it can be.
How To Prepare Your Business for Severe Weather
SERVPRO crews are working to clean up damage at the field house in Colbert Heights.
Unpredictability is sometimes the only predictable thing about the weather in North Alabama. Fortunately, there are steps you can take to prepare your business for severe weather threats such as flooding from powerful storms or tornadoes.
During high winds and torrential downpours, storm damage to the exterior of your commercial property may be unavoidable. Take the following steps to minimize potential damage:
- Clear all drains and gutters from debris to allow for heavy rainfall to flow freely.
- Prune bushes and trees near the building.
- Ensure that lightning rods, if applicable, are maintained.
- Make sure the power generator is fueled or charged and is operational.
- Bring in or secure all loose objects near the building or on the roof.
- Board up glass windows.
- Place sandbags in front of ground floor doorways or secure plastic sheeting with duct tape.
Take measures to protect building contents from flood damage. When flooding is anticipated, prepare the inside of the property in the following ways:
- Move all important inventory and documents away from windows.
- When possible, move furniture and equipment to a higher floor of the building. Remove papers housed in the bottom drawer of ground level file cabinets.
- Box up loose papers and small objects and remove items from walls.
- Unplug, wrap and store electronics off of the ground. Before moving, back up computer data.
- When you leave the building, take insurance paperwork and crucial records with you. Lock the doors, close the windows and turn off power, gas and water.
When a severe weather event approaches in Florence, AL, your first priority is ensuring the safety of your employees and yourself. Then take the above steps to protect the exterior and interior of your commercial property from flooding and high winds. In the aftermath of the storm, make sure it is safe before returning to the property. If flood damage or storm damage is evident, it's smart to contact your insurance agent and a storm restoration specialist as soon as possible.
Lunch & Learn With SERVPRO!
Do you work for a real estate office or insurance agency? Are you part of a company that could benefit from having a quick knowledge of restoration and commercial cleaning options for your clients?
We can offer you and your coworkers a great opportunity for to learn all of SERVPRO's services that are relevant to you and your industry.
But wait...why not do it over coffee and donuts? Or maybe lunch? Or fresh, homemade cookies?
Are we getting your attention yet?
Our SERVPRO marketing representatives would love to chat with you and your coworkers and let you know about all that SERVPRO of the Quad Cites has to offer you. Whether you find yourself dealing with a disaster situation or you just need to have some general cleaning or mold testing done, we want you to know that SERVPRO is here to help.
There is no cost for a Lunch & Learn, just give us a call and make an appointment and our marketing representatives will come to you! It is only approximately 15-30 minutes in duration, and participants are free to ask questions and chat as long as is needed.
If you are interested in setting up a SERVPRO Lunch & Learn for you and your coworkers, call us and we will schedule a date and time that works best for you! All you'll have to do is be present and hungry to eat good food and learn a little more about how SERVPRO of the Quad Cities can help with your cleaning and restoration needs.
Inspecting a Commercial Building for Mold
No commercial building in Florence is completely immune from developing a mold problem. Mold can occur any time there is excess dampness or condensation inside a facility. If you’re unsure whether there is mold at your commercial property, an indoor environmental specialist can perform a mold test so you can try to catch it early.
First, here are a few questions to consider:
1. Has there been any recent water damage? Moisture is the primary source of mold, so whether it’s a leaky roof or the effects of flooding, any kind of water inside your commercial facility can lead to mold growth.
2. Are the air ducts cleaned regularly? HVAC and other ventilation systems are commonly known to carry mold, so it’s important to find out when they were last cleaned.
3. Is there a strong odor in the building? Sometimes a musty smell means there is mold present. If your employees report an unpleasant odor, it could be the presence of black mold, which is often smelled before it is seen.
Mold can hide in many places indoors, such as under carpet, inside walls and paneling, and in piping and insulation. It has also been found behind wallpaper, but it’s important to be cautious about investigating it without an indoor environmental specialist present; once exposed, mold spores can spread easily. It only takes two to three days for mold to grow indoors. If you do suspect a mold outbreak at your commercial facility, stay away from suspected areas until experts can come and perform the necessary tests.
If mold breaks out, but goes undetected for a long time, it can cause more damage. That could disrupt your operations and impact you financially. If your building has suffered any water damage, watch for mold signs. The sooner it’s discovered, the sooner an indoor environmental specialist can come in to clean it up.
Is Your Business Disaster Ready?
Your business is thriving. On any given day, your sales team is firing on all cylinders, your office is bustling with activity and your operations team is running circles around itself trying to keep up.
You know one the biggest threat to your organization is operational downtime.
That's where we can help.
SERVPRO of the Quad Cities is a full service commercial restoration firm. Our training and experience allows us to handle any emergency at your business in a professional way to reduce operational risks, minimize downtime and save you money.
Consider this: 50% of businesses that suffer a major disaster will never reopen. And of those that reopened, most of them had a plan.
Do your employees know your chain-of-command?
Do your night teams know where your water shut-offs are?
Would your employees be able to direct first responders in the event of a fire?
Put simply: Is your team prepared to deal with situations like fire, water & mold damage?
Thankfully, SERVPRO of the Quad Cites can help you prepare for disaster with our Emergency READY Profile.
With the Emergency READY Profile, SERVPRO will help you create a functional profile that can be used for things like staff emergency manuals, emergency contact information and building emergency critical information. Because disasters often happen when you are away, your team will have all of this data at their fingertips, whenever it's needed.
Give us a call today. The consultation and Emergency READY Profile is offered at no cost to your facility. 256-383-4470
Steps For Cleaning Up Sewage Backup
A sewer backup is a nightmare for business owners in Florence or Muscle Shoals. Any flooded toilet or backed-up sewage is black water. This is water filled with bacteria and pathogens. Since it is dangerous for your building, it is imperative that you have experts in charge of the sewer cleanup. Here are the four steps that they are likely to follow.
Always call someone at the first sign of a sewage backup at your company. A professional should respond immediately and act as soon as possible. Experts know the risk of contaminated standing water. They want to help you get rid of it quickly. Keep in mind that it only takes about 24 hours for mold or mildew to grow after a flood.
Once the company arrives, they will inspect the building to judge the scope of the damage. The restoration company can use this information to design a cleanup plan. They will look for signs of water damage, mold and trapped water.
The sewer cleanup can be broken into several steps. First, the non-salvageable items are removed. Then, professionals can clean and remove salvageable contents. After those items are taken out and cleaned, crews will focus on the building itself. Demolition may take place next. They may have to remove drywall, carpeting and paneling.
Once the experts clean and disinfect your business, you can focus on the restoration. This is the step where you can replace old furniture, reinstall carpets and choose new paneling. The goal is for your company to be as good as new.
Sewer cleanup is a long process. Each step is important to the well being of your building, yourself and your patrons. If you do not clean up the contaminated water correctly, it can lead to worse damage.
Visit http://www.SERVPROthequadcities.com for more information on commercial water damage.
Overnight Plumbing Issues
Whether a toilet or sink overflowed and flooded your school, calling SERVPRO immediately is the best option.
Once the work or school day is over, most Shoals area businesses, churches and schools lock the doors and send everyone home. It is difficult to be sure that every faucet, fountain, or toilet in a commercial building or school is shut off as the doors close. Unexpected plumbing overflows discovered the next day need professional remediation.
A burst pipe poured hundreds to thousands of gallons of water inside an elementary school, the need for commercial water damage restoration is discovered early in the morning by school staff. Water removal must proceed immediately for safety reasons and to prevent further damage to the property.
SERVPRO of the Quad Cities has been serving the Florence and Muscle Shoals area since 1997. We have performed commercial water damage services for many properties over our 20 years in business.
What To Do If Vandals Strike Your Business
SERVPRO professionals are recognized as leaders at helping property owners quickly recover from fire and water damage. They also provide general cleaning and deodorization services for situations resulting from vandalism including graffiti, egg, spoiled foods and human or animal waste.
If you ever encounter an act of vandalism to your home or building, here are some tips on what to do until SERVPRO arrives:
- Hose or wash egg damage from building exterior as soon as possible.
- Blot freshly spilled food from carpets and fabrics with a dampened cloth or sponge (but don’t over wet). Scrape and blot (don’t rub: it may damage fibers).
- Carefully vacuum glass particles from carpets and upholstery. Save containers, which reveal the composition of spilled inks, cosmetics and paints.
- Record all damage and photograph when possible.
- Attempt to remove ink, paint or cosmetic stains.
- Operate damaged lamps or appliances.
- Discard wood chips, broken pieces from furniture, porcelain or other art objects.
Commercial Cleaning Services
SERVPRO of the Quad Cities offers specialty cleaning services ranging from cleaning office upholstery to making storefront windows crystal clear. We have the specialized training and products to get your commercial or residential property clean, safe, and healthy again.
A Clean Business Keeps Customers Coming Back
Your business represents you. A clean and attractive business keeps customers coming and leaves a positive impression. SERVPRO of the Quad Cities wants every inch of your facility to sparkle and shine.
Our commercial specialty cleaning services include:
• Air Ducts and HVAC
If your HVAC has been operating for some time without attention, it could be circulating dust, pollen, odors, dirt, debris, and other contaminants.
• Biohazard and Sewage
SERVPRO is trained to safely remove biohazards and dispose of them properly in accordance with OSHA and health regulations.
• Trauma and Crime Scene
Many times, crime and accident scenes have blood and other biohazard contaminants that pose a serious health risk. SERVPRO of South Madison County will respond immediately and has the specialized training, protective equipment, and experience to safely clean trauma and crime scenes.
• Carpet and Upholstery
Even the highest-quality carpet and upholstery can show soiling over time. Protect your investment by calling us to clean and maintain your carpet and upholstery.
• Drapes and Blinds
We carefully inspect and test fabrics to determine which of SERVPRO’s five cleaning methods is best suited to your fabrics.
• Ceilings, Walls, and Hard Floors
Ceilings and walls are exposed to dirt and dust, pet dander, cooking oils and grease, cigarette smoke, and other contaminants. Your heating and air conditioning system can distribute these contaminants throughout your property.
• Odor Removal and Deodorization
SERVPRO teaches IICRC technical classes in the proper removal of odors. Masking and other short cuts don't work when your odor problem is serious or persistent.
Often simple acts of vandalism, like breaking a window, can cause significant water and mold damage if not addressed in a timely manner.
We’re Here Whenever You Need Us
The team at SERVPRO of the Quad Cities also has specialized training and experience in water damage restoration services, fire damage restoration services, mold remediation, commercial services, and natural disaster cleanup.
Call SERVPRO of the Quad Cities at 256-383-4470 anytime.
How SERVPRO Can Help Prepare Your Business For Potential Disasters
As many as 50% of businesses close down following a disaster, according to the latest research.
You can’t plan when an emergency will arise, but you can prepare for it before it does. This is especially important if you are a business owner. When a disaster occurs in your business, everything screeches to a halt. You are no longer able to help your customers and clients. You are no longer able to offer your services. You are no longer bringing in an income. Business has been interrupted and, depending on the extent of the damage, you may be looking at a long road to recovery – not just for remediation, but also to get your business back to where it was before the disaster happened.
So, what can you do to prevent an emergency situation from shutting down your business? While you can’t necessarily prevent disaster from occurring, you can prepare for what to do when it does. Knowing what to do and what to expect in advance is the key to timely mitigation and can minimize how fire and water affect your business.
That is where SERVPRO of the Quad Cities can help. We can establish a plan for your business using our ERP, or Emergency READY Profile.
- 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 Profile Document containing only the crucial information you will need in case of an emergency. It doesn’t take very long to complete, but it will save you a lot of time if you ever need it.
- A guide to help you get back into your building following a disaster. By having an immediate plan of action, you can help minimize downtime.
- Identifies the line of command for authorizing work to begin. This saves time so that we can begin the work of mitigating the damage immediately, which can save you both time and money.
- Provides important facility details such as priority contact information, priority areas, and shut-off valves. 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.”
Ready to set up an Emergency READY Profile for your business? Give SERVPRO of the Quad Cities a call today! (256) 383-4470
Do your employees know how to shut off the water at work?
An Emergency Ready Profile helps your company prepare for the unexpected.
Most of us know how to shut off the water in our homes, but not many of us know how to do it at work. Many workplaces rely on the facilities department or maintenance crew when something goes wrong. If a problem pops up when they are unavailable, does your staff know what to do?
SERVPRO® of the Quad Cites will help you prepare for a disaster at your commercial property with our no cost Emergency Ready Profile. This comprehensive action plan shows employees exactly what to do in the event of an emergency. Available as a mobile phone app, companies can allow access to any employee they choose. The plan is also available in a printed format, which can be kept in a designated place for easy access. We recommend incorporating this information into your company’s training procedures. Clearly defined emergency procedures can help minimize the damage and cost of any sort of unplanned situation including fire, flood, storm damage, and vandalism.
Is your business ready for a disaster? With a SERVPRO® Emergency Ready Profile you will provide resources for your employees and provide critical property details. This no cost service is available to commercial properties in Florence, Muscle Shoals and the surrounding areas.
Make your appointment today!
Restoring Your Florence Commercial Property After A Water Damage Event
Commercial Water Damage Events Present Unique Challenges
Flooding and water damage events at Florence 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 the Quad Cities
SERVPRO of the Quad Cities 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.
- AMRT - Applied Microbial Remediation Technician
- RRT - Carpet Repair & Reinstallation Technician
- SRT - Fire & Smoke Damage Restoration Technician
- IICRC Certified Firm
- CCT - Carpet Cleaning Technician
- RRRP - Lead-Based Paint Activities and Renovation
- WRT - Water Damage Restoration Technician
- ASD - Applied Structural Drying Technician
- ECTP - Employee Certification Training Program
- OCT - Odor Control Technician
- HST - Health and safety Technician