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Commercial Property Services

11/1/2019 (Permalink)

A commercial property is always at risk of being damaged by natural elements. If your business gets hit by a disaster, you’ll need a commercial restoration company with real-world experience and the resources to return your property to its normal state. SERVPRO Restoration has over years of experience in residential and commercial restoration services. Our team of experts offers:

Our professionals have the training and equipment needed to restore your business after common issues with minimal interruption to your daily operations. SERVPRO also provides disaster planning to ensure that your property fortified in case future damage strikes.

At SERVPRO, we offer 24/7 commercial restoration and reconstruction services for damage caused by water, fire, smoke, mold, storms, and other disasters.

Why SERVPRO Commercial Restoration?

What makes SERVPRO Restoration different from other commercial restoration services? We offer multiple services through one point of contact. This means you only need one number to reach our reconstruction, emergency services mitigation, contents cleaning, training, insurance claims assistance, and disaster planning teams. You can depend on us for additional commercial damage services like cost savings, streamlined catastrophe planning, and minimized disruption.

SERVPRO has a longstanding heritage dedicated to innovation, resourcefulness, empathy, and outstanding customer service. Our franchise organization is proud to provide fast, high-quality cleanup and restoration services to both commercial and residential properties. We always put your property first at SERVPRO.

Call SERVPRO ! 757-431-1400

 Commercial Water Loss

When it comes to water damage to a residential or commercial property, there is more than meets the eye.

Here are some water facts and figures as they pertain to the restoration industry:

1. Water is capable of dissolving a variety of different substances. In fact, water is known as the “universal solvent” because it dissolves more substances than any other liquid.

2. A sheet of drywall standing upright with its edge sitting in a ½” of water can wick water up to 6 inches in less than three hours.

3. Mold typically begins to grow in 24 to 48 hours in an untreated moist environment.

4. A good indication of a failing hot water heater is a puddle of water underneath it, indicating a slow leak, or rusted or corroded fittings on the top of the heater. If you don’t investigate the leak ASAP, you may quickly flood your home because water heaters are under a great deal of water pressure.

5. There are three categories of water contamination defined in the restoration industry:

  • Category One – Water from a clean water source with no substantial risk of causing sickness or discomfort. Examples include water from a broken water supply pipe or an overflowing bath tub.
  • Category Two – Water that has a significant degree of chemical, biological, and/or physical contamination. Examples include water from aquariums, dishwasher or clothes washer leaks, and water entering the structure from below grade. Discharged Category One water that sits untreated more for more than 24 hours becomes Category Two.
  • Category Three – Water emanating from a grossly unsanitary source or carrying disease causing agents. Examples include discharges from sewer or septic systems/pipes and flood waters. Discharged Category One water that sits more for more than 48 hours becomes Category Three. Discharged Category Two water that sits more for more than 24 hours becomes Category Three.

6. Controlling pathogenic microorganisms during a restoration project may require the use of chemical agents that act as biocides. The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has defined three levels of biocidal activity:

  • Sanitizers – Designed to reduce the number of microorganisms.
  • Disinfectants – Designed to destroy or inhibit the growth of microorganisms but not necessarily their spores.
  • Sterilizer – Designed to destroy all microorganisms (fungi/molds, bacteria, viruses, etc.) and their spores

Commercial Specialty Cleaning

7/11/2019 (Permalink)

Our Team offers a variety clean up and restoration services. Many times our clients think of us for Fire, Water or Mold Clean up. However we have offer specialty cleanup services as well. Our Team has been contacted by Universities and Hospitals to assist in minimizing rapid spread of infectious illnesses. We have assisted in the containment of diseases such as the Norovirus, Scabies, and aggressive cleaning of Operation and Medical rooms to limit infection spread.

Our Team provided our client a plan of action based on their need, and worked in a professional and safe manner to successfully deliver the outcome needed. Every circumstance is different, please feel free to call our office for a Free Estimate or just to learn more about our services, capabilities and how we can help!

SERVPRO is READY 24 Hours a day, 7 Days a Week, 365 Days a year.

716-694-7776

Commercial Fires and Water Damage

6/7/2019 (Permalink)

Commercial Fires and Water Damage

After a fire at your business, there's liable to be a significant amount of water damage in addition to the fire damage. It's likely that automatic sprinklers have gone off, and that at least one fire hose was used to extinguish the flames. There may be saturated drywall and carpeting, which can lead to a mold problem if not addressed promptly. 

This situation requires the skills of a professional restoration company. They can take care of the damage by:

  • Making a thorough inspection
  • Extracting the water
  • Drying and dehumidifying
  • Disinfecting and cleaning
  • Repairing damage and completing restoration

Damage Inspection and Assessment

The restoration company first makes a careful inspection, assessing the water and fire damage and looking for any possible hidden problems, such as water behind walls. From their assessment they can determine which specialized equipment and techniques are best suited to the task.

Water Removal

As quickly as possible, the technicians begin the process of water extraction. This minimizes the chance of more damage from secondary sources such as mold. Any excess water is removed, using heavy-duty pumps and vacuums.

Drying and Dehumidification

At this point, the restoration team focuses on removing any moisture or humidity that remains. This is done through the use of professional-strength dehumidifiers and air movers. 

Cleaning and Disinfecting

After everything is thoroughly dried, the remaining items and surfaces are treated to remove any threat from microbes or mold, using a variety of specialized methods. Any lingering odors are dealt with by using air scrubbers and foggers.

Damage Repair and Restoration

As soon as all moisture has been completely extracted and any threat from pathogens has been eliminated, the repair and restoration work can start. Depending on the extent of the damage, this might involve simple tasks like replacing carpets and painting, or more complex work like rebuilding entire rooms.

If you've had fire damage at your business, you're most likely going to have to deal with water damage as well. Hiring a restoration company can ensure that both problems are dealt with quickly, safely and efficiently.

ERP

5/1/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO professionals offer many tools to help their customers in the middle of disasters. However now SERVPRO professionals are offering a tool to their customers to help prepare them before disaster even strikes. This new tool is called an ERP (Emergency Ready Profile) which can be downloaded from the Apple or Android App store by searching SERVPRO. This app allows SERVPRO to set up a date and walk your property with you, to create a profile for what you would be during a fire or water damage. The app holds the information for where the water, electrical, gas, and computer server shut offs are located in your building along with contact and account numbers for those companies. The free SERVPRO app also details where the best location for SERVPRO vehicles to park during an emergency. Your contact person at SERVPRO also has their phone number listed so you just open the app and dial

School Cleaning

4/30/2019 (Permalink)

Summer is coming and that means that school is going to be out. We're sure that you're excited to be able to take the kids on vacation and for them to get a little break. We're excited because it means we can get your schools clean and get them in tip-top shape to be able to have them ready for August. 

If it's just a carpet cleaning for those school rugs or maybe you've got some places where you're a bit concerned about potential mold, just give us a call at (716) 694-7776 so we can schedule a date to get the job done right. 

We are locally owned and operated so we live right here in the community! We're nearby and ready to help. 

Commercial Maintenance

4/22/2019 (Permalink)

It’s very important to keep up with your commercial maintenance needs because this can prevent damages to your property. Things like checking your hot water heater to see when the last time it was replaced or checking the condensation lines coming from your air conditioning unit are quick and easy preventative measures. These are just some of the things you can check to prevent damages to your home.

Most water damages come from a preventable source such as your hot water heater or air conditioning condensation line. With hot water heaters you should replace them every 8–12 years. Replacement will vary with the severity of your local weather, the design of the unit, quality of installation, and the maintenance your unit has received. With an air conditioner condensation line we would recommend cleaning it once a year to maintain a blockage free line.

There are plenty of websites that explain how to do these things yourself but we would recommend that if you are not a professional, you should hire a professional to perform maintenance on your home. Performing these two quick and easy checks can go a long way in preventing any potential issues. 

REMEMBER to call SERVPRO of Eastern Niagara County at 716-694-7776 when you need help

Commercial Loss

3/2/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO® of Eastern Niagara County handles not only residential damage and restoration, but commercial as well.

There are three levels of commercial damage that are considered:

Level 1

Level 1 is a small commercial loss typically involving 15,000 square feet or less of affected floor space. If the facility was entirely affected, examples of a small commercial loss may include, but are not limited to, a stand-alone retail establishment, a small church, a daycare facility, a small shopping center, a small warehouse or manufacturing facility, or a stand-alone administrative building. A Level 1 loss can also be a small portion of a much larger structure.

Level 2

Level 2 is a midsize commercial loss typically involving 15,000 to 60,000 square feet of affected floor space. The building or buildings involved are usually multi-level or greatly divided spaces. If the facility was entirely affected, examples of a Level 2 loss may include, but are not limited to, a small multi-family property, a midsize church or school, a small shopping center, a multi-tenant administration facility, or a midsize warehouse or manufacturing facility. A Level 2 loss can also be just a portion of a much larger structure.

Level 3

Level 3 is a large commercial loss typically involving more than 60,000 square feet of affected floor space. The building or buildings involved will likely be large multi-level structures. If the facility was entirely affected, examples of a Level 3 loss can include, but are not limited to, a large church, hospital, school, or university; a large multi-family property; a mid- to high-rise retail or administration facility; a large industrial, manufacturing, or warehouse facility; or a large strip-style shopping center or shopping mall. This is the level at which it would be appropriate to refer to the project as a “large loss.”

Once our team determines the level of loss, the property is further assessed, and a team of appropriate size is dispatched to get the job done quickly and efficiently, and return your business to operation “Like it never even happened.”®

Mold in commercial properties

3/2/2019 (Permalink)

Molds can be found almost anywhere; they can grow on virtually any organic substance, as long as moisture and oxygen are present. There are molds that can grow on wood, paper, carpet, foods, and insulation. When excessive moisture accumulates in buildings or on building materials, mold growth will often occur, particularly if the moisture problem remains undiscovered or unaddressed. It is impossible to eliminate all mold and mold spores in the indoor environment. However, mold growth can be controlled indoors by controlling moisture indoors.

Commercial property can quickly become infested with mold if a source of water is present. Mold can spread throughout a property in as little as 48 hours. Since mold can produce allergens and irritants, you should call us to inspect your building if you suspect you have a mold problem. If mold is found, we have the training, equipment, and expertise to remediate your mold infestation.

Commercial Mold Remediation Presents Unique Challenges

Mold can spread quickly through a property if left untreated. SERVPRO of Eastern Niagara County can respond quickly, working to first contain the infestation to help prevent its spread to other parts of the building. Next, we will begin the remediation process, working safely and effectively to manage the situation. We have the training, experience, and equipment to contain the mold infestation and remediate it to preloss condition.

Have a Mold Problem? Call Us Today – 776-694-7776 

Summer Storm Damages in Commercial Properties

6/29/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Eastern Niagara County is here to help both commercial and residential properties. 

In some areas of the country, rain is almost a daily occurrence during summertime, and summer storm damages are something to be prepared for. Flooding can be a summer storm hazard, and that can be inconvenient and even dangerous. Possessions can be ruined, and the structures of homes and businesses can be negatively affected. A professional water damage restoration company can be a vital resource during such times; such companies are able to complete all necessary repairs in a timely and efficient manner.

While storms can’t be predicted much of the time, education yourself in the most common areas vulnerable to storm damages will help you be prepared to handle such an event. Some areas of your home or business are going to be more apt to experience damage than others during storms, such as low-lying areas like basements and cellars which can be flooded.

Here is a list of the three most common areas that suffer from summer storm damages:

  • LOW LYING AREAS

Basements and cellars, the lowest parts of a house or building, need to be watched during wet weather since they have a number of easy entry points for water. If there is heavy rainfall during inclement weather, or if the building is near a body of water such as a lake or river, they are going to be in danger. Keep an eye open for cracks in the foundation, ceiling, and walls of these areas!

  • ATTICS, ROOFS, AND GUTTERS

A damaged roof, either from weather or fire, is susceptible to water damage, and the areas underneath it will suffer. A small leak can turn into a big problem before you know it. If rain gutters have not been properly maintained, you may experience some problems stemming from standing water - even indoors.

  • WINDOWS, DOORS, AND ENTRYWAYS

Keep an eye on your doors and windows. If they are not properly sealed against wet conditions, you will know it right away. Entryways are also a potential problem area; make sure they are free of standing water and debris so that people don’t get hurt.

Our team of professionals here at SERVPRO of Eastern Niagara County are experienced in repairs and cleanup from damages caused by water and fire. You can call us at 716-694-7776 24/7! We are always here to help!

Keep Your Business Going When Disasters Interrupts

6/19/2018 (Permalink)

Keep Your Business Going When Disasters Interrupts

 

When you’re trying to run a successful business Western New York, you can’t always afford the downtime brought by unexpected emergency situations such as flooding, storm damage and fire.That’s why having a continuity plan is extremely important for developing businesses of all shapes and sizes. A good plan should include a few key points:

• A thorough analysis on how downtime and damages will impact your business
• A number of strategies concerning recovery and restoration
• Concrete development of the chosen recovery plans
• Testing and exercises that keep the plan effective


Analyzing Your Business


During your initial analysis, there are a few key points you should zero in on to get the most out of this first step. Your critical business functions are what you should focus on the most closely. Is there anything within the scope of your business that the whole company simply can’t operate without? Consider elements such as vital data, employees, furniture, or office space. Regardless of what, exactly, your most crucial assets are, finding ways to save these parts of your business should be the primary goal of your entire continuity plan. Looking up resources for analyzing and creating a plan of this nature can be extremely useful if you’ve never made one before.


Testing Your Strategy


No strategy should be considered final until it’s tested and those involved have undergone training to prepare them to implement the plan when necessary. This period of time should be used to identify any pitfalls with your plan, so you can remedy them and proceed with confidence that you’ll be able to rely on your strategy while you’re dealing with building damages and obstacles.

Whether you’re doing something as simple as backing up data to the cloud or as complex as completely shifting production to another facility, you need to know that your continuity plan will actually be there and be functional in the event that disaster strikes in Ebensburg, PA. In the end, forming a plan may not be easy, but it’s the key to keeping your business’s doors open while dealing with unexpected emergencies in your normal routine.

For more information, please visit us at :www.SERVPROeasternniagaracounty.com/

ERP

5/14/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO professionals offer many tools to help their customers in the middle of disasters. However now SERVPRO professionals are offering a tool to their customers to help prepare them before disaster even strikes. This new tool is called an ERP (Emergency Ready Profile) which can be downloaded from the Apple or Android App store by searching SERVPRO. This app allows SERVPRO to set up a date and walk your property with you, to create a profile for what you would be during a fire or water damage. The app holds the information for where the water, electrical, gas, and computer server shut offs are located in your building along with contact and account numbers for those companies. The free SERVPRO app also details where the best location for SERVPRO vehicles to park during an emergency. Your contact person at SERVPRO also has their phone number listed so you just open the app and dial

Commercial Construction Cleaning

5/2/2018 (Permalink)

Your commercial property’s appearance speaks volumes to your clients. So when the need arises for professional cleaning or emergency restoration services, SERVPROFranchise Professionals have the training and expertise to help make it “Like it never even happened.”

  • Retail Facilities
  • Education Facilities
  • Property Management
  • Healthcare Facilities
  • Hospitality Facilities
  • Food Service Facilities

Commercial Building Restoration Services

We are available 24 hours a day to get your business back up and running. Our expertise includes restoration services for fire and water damage, including electronics restoration and document drying. We are also your business’s best resource for mold remediation. Learn more about our commercial restoration services:

Commercial Building Cleaning Services

Whether your need is removing an odor problem or deep cleaning flooring or carpets, you can depend on a SERVPRO Franchise Professional to get the job done right the first time. They’ll respond promptly and make your workspace look its very best. Learn more about our Commercial Cleaning Service.

Call us at 716-694-7776

Flooding in your business

3/14/2018 (Permalink)

  • The weather has been very unpredictable the past few weeks in our area.  We have experience heavy rains and snow causing the sewer systems to back up and streets to flood. 

If you see there is a flash flood watch, this means that a flash flood is possible.  A flash flood warning means that a flood is about to happen or already taking place.  If a flash flood occurs, you should make sure everyone gets to higher ground as quickly as possible. 

Your business can prepare for any potential disaster, including flash floods. Keep all essential equipment and documents elevated from the floor.  Ideally, they should be stored on the second floor of the building or higher.  Back-up electronic data daily to cloud storage or to an external drive so the files can still be accessed in the event of a disaster.  

It is a good idea to have a battery-powered radio available on-site.  In case of a power outage, you and your staff can keep updated on the current conditions.  (FEMA) The Federal Emergency Management Agency provides a list of recommended supplies in the event of a disaster, such as a flashlight and first aid kit. 

You can also check with the National Weather Service to get more tips on safety during flooding

SERVPRO Of Eastern Niagara County can help your business get back on track after flooding or other disasters.  Call us today for more information or a free inspection (716)694-7776

 Commercial Restoration

Mold in your business

2/28/2018 (Permalink)

The very idea of mold can make any home or business owner cringe. Yes, mold can be beneficial, used in making brie or penicillin, but it can also be a really big problem when it is growing undetected somewhere on your property or belongings.

It can grow just about anywhere: on clothing, food, paper, carpet and the backside of drywall, just to name a few spots. It can produce allergens and irritants and, in some cases, toxins that are dangerous to your health.

Here are four steps you can take to protect your business and employees from a mold issue:

  • Do an audit of your property. Are there any areas that are full of moisture much of the time? Seepage into storage areas or accumulation from leaky pipes should be dried within 48 hours to avoid mold damage. Encourage workers to keep wet items picked up, hanging wet coats up and keeping rain boots and wet shoes in an area that won’t soak up moisture. Take steps to keep floors and windows dry at all times, but especially during wet weather.
  • Proper ventilation is a good way to keep mold at bay. Keeping bathroom and kitchen doors open can help, increasing air circulation and aiding in the drying process. Using dehumidifiers keeps areas dry and pleasant, and always keep an eye on them to make sure they are in good repair and not contributing any moisture themselves; the manufacturer’s information provided will give directions on cleaning and care of your unit.
  • Many products today contain mold-resistant materials, such as sheetrock or paint. Shop around for helpful products when doing any renovation or repair to your Belle Meade business, especially in areas that will experience moisture, such as kitchens, break rooms, and bathrooms.
  • Monitoring the humidity indoors in your Belle Meade business can go a long way to mold prevention. The EPA recommends keeping indoor humidity between 30 and 60 percent; you can measure this with a moisture meter easily found at your local hardware store.

Contact the SERVPRO team of Eastern Niagara County for all your water or fire damage needs, or if you need assistance with mold prevention or remediation! We’re here for you! 716-694-7776

Fire Extinguisher Importance For Your Home or Business

2/28/2018 (Permalink)

Office buildings need specific fire safety equipment to keep both employees and clients safe. This includes smoke detectors, sprinklers, fire alarms, and extinguishers.  

The first step in fire damage restoration is to put out the fire using the proper tools.  A first responder may use an approved portable fire extinguisher to prevent a small fire from growing and causing further damage.  

The National Fire Protection Agency publishes a series of standards and requirements for portable fire extinguishers called NFPA 10, available here.

No matter what the size of the fire, your first priority should be to get everyone out safely and call 911.  Once the fire has been put out, you can call SERVPRO of Eastern Niagara County to assist with the fire damage restoration.  

Here is a link for another great resource on why you should buy a fire extinguisher for your home. 

Commercial Services

5/15/2017 (Permalink)

Your commercial property’s appearance speaks volumes to your clients. So when the need arises for professional cleaning or emergency restoration services, SERVPRO Franchise Professionals have the training and expertise to help make it “Like it never even happened.”

  • Retail Facilities
  • Education Facilities
  • Property Management
  • Healthcare Facilities
  • Hospitality Facilities
  • Food Service Facilities

Commercial Building Restoration Services

We are available 24 hours a day to get your business back up and running. Our expertise includes restoration services for fire and water damage, including electronics restoration and document drying. We are also your business’s best resource for mold remediation. Learn more about our commercial restoration services:

Commercial Building Cleaning Services

Whether your need is removing an odor problem or deep cleaning flooring or carpets, you can depend on a SERVPRO Franchise Professional to get the job done right the first time. They’ll respond promptly and make your workspace look its very best. Learn more about our Commercial Cleaning Service.

Call us at 716-694-7776

Winter and Pipes That Burst

3/14/2017 (Permalink)

A commercial warehouse/ office that suffered a burst pipe

What exactly causes a burst pipe?


 The cold weather season may be great for those who love to ski or snowboard but those who own/rent a house, may feel less enticed by the decreasing temperatures.


Polar vortexes, frosts and reoccurring cold fronts can cause severe damages to the pipes in and outside your home. While several factors can result in a burst pipe, the main reason is freezing temperatures. When the water inside a pipe freezes, the freezing process causes the water to expand thus creating pressure on the pipe from within. Additionally, trickles of water may still be flowing through and in between the frozen walls of the pipes.


 All combined, the pressure becomes too great and the pipe ruptures at a weaker joint or even in the middle at times. As pipes can run from underground, outside and up through your home, the amount of water damage can be extensive and costly.


 Tips:



  • Install a regular seasonal maintenance plan-i.e. disconnect and drain any outdoor hoses before the cold weather; as one of these bursting can cause extensive damage to your entire plumbing system

  • For plumbing pipes located in an unheated area of your home or business, consider foam pipe insulation ($50-$200 depending on length)

  • If you migrate to a warmer climate throughout any extended time during the winter months; make sure your furnace is set no lower than 55 degrees and the main water supply is shut-off during the time you are away


 Check out our water damage section to see how we can make it, "Like it never even happened.", if you find yourself dealing with a burst pipe!

The Best Way to Reduce Business Interruption Following a Disaster is to Plan For it NOW.

2/15/2017 (Permalink)

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?

2/15/2017 (Permalink)

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 Eastern Niagara County 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 Eastern Niagara County Professionals at (716) 694-7776 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."

Water Damage in a Commercial Setting

1/17/2017 (Permalink)

If you have recently become a victim of commercial water , you may be wondering what you can do to mitigate your damages. There is a critical period in which certain actions must be taken to preserve as much of your property as possible and to decrease any health risks when water damage has occurred in a commercial space.

Preparing a Space for Water Damage Restoration
Before you enter your commercial space or any flooded building, you will need to make sure the electrical power to the structure is shut off. You should also be aware that during a flooding event, small animals or reptiles tend to seek shelter inside of buildings. Be prepared to deal with the discovery of wild animals in your space.

Protect yourself from entering any flooded building by wearing an organic vapor respirator. You can purchase these at any local paint and building supply stores. You also want to have rubber gloves, protective clothing, and eye protection. The first thing you should do is ventilate the affected areas by opening the windows and placing fans where possible.

Unfortunately, there likely will be items that you need to throw away. Any items that are porous and have absorbed contaminated floodwater cannot be restored. If your commercial space has drywall, mattresses, pillows, box springs, particle board, carpets or carpet pads, these will need to be discarded if they have become saturated. However, there is good news: If you have clothing or household fabrics that can be machine-washed, you may be able to salvage them. Use your washing machine to clean these items with a 10-minute soak at the minimum in hot water with detergent. The soap and normal wash should remove most of the contamination and any staining that is present.

Be aware that your commercial space will need a thorough professional inspection, cleaning and possibly restructuring. Water damaged walls and installations must be removed and repaired, and pockets of saturation should be exposed for drying and sanitizing. Always remember that mold growth could take a few days to appear as it thrives in a moist environment with organic-type materials such as paper or particle board and in temperatures that range between 60 and 86 degrees Fahrenheit. Keep good airflow throughout the interior environment, and maintain moderate temperatures to decrease the risk of any mold growth. It is also important that you let your space dry out before any rebuilding occurs.

Services You Can Count On
You can depend on SERVPRO to provide reasonable prices for other services in the Western York New  area. Our restoration services include cleanup after water damage, fire damage, and storm damage. We also assist with mold remediation, and we're qualified to provide cleaning and building services. Our trained and certified IICRC technicians are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to begin your restoration. Whether you require cleanup after WNY commercial water damage or simply need a carpet cleaning, call us at 694-7776

Commercial Water Restoration Presents Unique Challenges

SERVPRO of Eastern Niagara County has the experience, training, and equipment to deal with a big box water emergency in both commercial and residential . Fore immediate 24/7 service call us: 694-7776

Simple Steps to Prevent Commercial Electrical Fires

1/5/2017 (Permalink)

As industry experts know, commercial electrical fires can be very dangerous and costly.  In fact, when a commercial fire occurs, it can lean to the injury or death of the employees or customers present.  Additionally, electrical fires can result in property loss.  the shut-down of a business can cause undue hardship to the property owner or renter.  SERVPRO, a premier fire damage restoration company, will respond immediately to get you back in business.  Luckily, most of these fires are preventable and can also be contained through maintenance of fixtures, employee training, and the facilitation of greater awareness regarding work hazards.  Learn more about how to identify electrical hazards and reduce the incidence of a commercial fire, which may lead to smoke and fire damage, by reading the following information:

Recognizing the Warning Signs

Electrical distribution systems contain several complex elements.  These elements are capable of exposing commercial buildings to fire risks.  Some of the areas of concern are:

  • Corroded Wiring : Wiring that is old or defective can cause electrical fires.  Although all wiring can start to break down at some point, the wiring exposed to corrosive substances or the outdoor environment is subject to faster degradation.  Industrial facilities, multi-tenant warehouses, and farms should be attentive to their wiring given that it can be subject to extreme exposure to the elements.
  • Circuits and Fuses : Tripped circuits and blown fuses are signs of overloaded outlets or circuits.  These circuits and outlets can generate overheating and result in combustion leading to commercial electrical fires.
  • Hot Spots : Overloaded circuits, corroded wires or connections, loose connection, faulty fuses, imbalanced electrical loading, short circuits, switches, and breakers can generate "hot spots."  This is the result of the excessive heat that builds up within the electrical panels.  If there is any sense that these "hot spots" could cause a commercial flare-up, here is an option.  Infrared thermal imaging can be operated to locate these hot spots, repairs can then be done preventing electrical shortages or breakdowns that lead to fires.  Small business owners can hire licensed electricians to complete this inspection.

Electrical Distribution Equipment

Periodically, electrical distribution equipment needs to be physically inspected and tested.  The equipment should also periodically undergo thermal imaging.  This would should be completed by a licensed professional.  Some of the equipment requiring inspection includes:

  • Electrical panels, switchboards, and switchgear
  • Fuses
  • Circuit breakers
  • Relays and contactors
  • Disconnect switches
  • Motors
  • Motor controls
  • Transformers

The Fire Marshall periodically visits commercial buildings checking the fire extinguisher's expiration dates.  The overhead sprinkler system, fire exit lighted signs and safe egress from the commercial building are all inspected.  Prevention is the key.

Conclusion

Fire damage can be especially devastating for a business or commercial property.  Significant water damage can be an unintended result of extinguishing a commercial fire.  The fire suppression system of a commercial building (overhead fire sprinkler system) can also cause a large amount of water damage.  Commercial business owners know that electrical fires negatively affect their property, the operation of the business, and the loss of revenue.  However, the information about can help you take strides towards preventing these fires from happening.  In the event that you find your commercial space affected by fire, electrical or otherwise, you should know who to call to help facilitate the remediation process.  As a company with extensive experience in restoring property affected by electrical fires, the professionals at SERVPRO can provide you with the detailed assistance necessary to get your business space in working order.  Contact us today for professional, personalized service.

Commercial Building Restoration Services

SERVPRO of Eastern Niagara County responds quickly to your water, fire or mold damage emergency, 24 hours a day.  Whether the damage occurs in a small business building or a big box store, we have the training, experience, and equipment to handle the situation.  Our national network of 1,650 Franchises gives us access to personnel and resources to respond to any size restoration emergency.

SERVPRO of Eastern Niagara County has the training and experience to help make it "Like it never even happened."

Emergency Readiness Plan

1/20/2016 (Permalink)

Emergency Readiness Program (ERP)

Be Prepared with the SERVPRO Emergency Readiness Program

The SERVPRO Emergency Ready Profile (ERP) will help ensure you are “Ready for whatever happens”

 In the event of an emergency, the SERVPRO Emergency Readiness Profile, can help minimize business interruption by having an immediate plan of action in place for your facility.

What is an ERP?

The ERP is a comprehensive document containing critical information about your business, including: Emergency Contact Information, Shut-Off Value Locations and Priorities Areas

Why should you have an ERP?

  By having a plan in place, the amount of time that your business is in active will be less.  You will be back in the building and back to business sooner.

  Preparation is the key to making it through any disaster, whether it is a small leak, a large fire or an area flood.

  Now is the best time to plan for these events, not when it happens

  Ask yourself “Are you READY for whatever happens"?

Is there a cost for an ERP?

The ERP is a no cost assessment, all it requires is a little time, making it a great value that could save a lot of time in the future.  Call your local SERVPRO