Recent Commercial Posts
Cleaning Hotel Floors
Standing water and over-saturation can be two of the biggest obstacles that your Reading hotel faces after a substantial water loss. With powerful extraction tools at our disposal, our SERVPRO professionals can manage the immediate effects to begin drying in a timely fashion.
Choosing among the advanced equipment available to our professionals involves deciding which methods of water removal are the most efficient, and can limit exposure to your guests and staff. The type of flooring is also a factor, as extraction practices for carpeted floors typical in lobbies vary from water removal practices we would use on tile or laminate flooring options.
What extractors and attachments can help with water removal in your hotel?
- Wet vacuums
- Electric submersial pumps
- Truck-mounted extractors
- Drying mats
- Carpet wands
Water removal from the floors of your hotel must happen immediately to ensure the safety and wellbeing of your guests and staff, and our team can help. Call us today at (205)-387-7656.
Storm Safety Tips
A few common safety rules and precautions suggests that the public should generally try to stay inside of a safe area or building when a lightning storm or thunderstorm occurs. There are many commercial buildings in Boulder. SERVPRO of Walker & Winston Counties wants to share the following safety tips for staying safe during a thunderstorm while inside of a commercial building:
- Unplug appliances if possible
- Pay attention to all alerts and warnings, as a thunderstorm can develop into a tornado if powerful enough
- Avoid running water if possible since electricity can travel through plumbing
- Stay away from all windows or glass walls, especially during a lightning storm
Although the weather can be predicted, it can also change in an instant without much warning. If a thunderstorm does happen to turn into tornado weather in Boulder, consider the following tips:
- Use your arms to protect your head and neck in the event of flying debris or shattered windows
- Do not leave the safe area until the local alerting system says it is safe to do so
- If the commercial building has a basement or storm cellar, head there immediately
Remember, we are here to help. Our trained technicians will show up ready to go to begin the cleanup and restoration process after a thunderstorm, lightning storm and even a tornado. If you experience water damage, fire damage, or mold damage from a storm, we are Here to Help.
SERVPRO of Walker & Winston Counties is independently owned and operated.
SERVPRO is There When Disaster Strikes
Disasters can strike your commercial property while you are sleeping! We understand the urgency for immediate repairs and can act fast to help minimize further damage. SERVPRO of Walker & Winston Counties emergency response helpline is always open and standing by to take your phone call 24/7!
Regardless of the cause, we will fast respond and help you assess problems or issues the water damage produced and start the mitigation and recovery process. Before emergency repairs are started, we remove any salvageable items, assess the extent of the damage and contamination to put together a repair plan.
SERVPRO of Walker & Winston Counties has professionals with the training, experience, and equipment to manage water and flooding damage. Whether you have a large water emergency or a small water damage event, we will respond fast to mitigate the damage and manage the restoration project through to its completion.
SERVPRO of Walker & Winston Counties provides a wide scope of services. Some are biohazard cleanup and removal, general construction for rebuilding and remodeling structures. Those are in addition to the fire, water and mold cleanup and restoration services you may already be familiar with. Below is a list of some of our services offered.
- Fire, Smoke, and Soot Cleanup and Restoration
- Water Removal and Dehumidification
- Crime Scene, Biohazard and Vandalism Cleanup
- Mold Mitigation and Remediation
- Carpet and Hard Floor Cleaning and Care
- Stain Removal, Stain Resistance Applications
- Odor Identification and Deodorization
Upholstery and Drapes: Wet and Dry Cleaning Methods
Summer Storms Can Damage Your Business
Forming as a result of moisture and rising warm air in the atmosphere, severe storms are a common threat to property throughout the summer. Along with rain, thunder, and lightning, summer storms can also produce large hail and gusty winds. As a business owner, you may be worried about the danger that these storms can bring to your property. Major structural damage can be done by severe storms, with wind and hail breaking windows and hitting roofs. In order to avoid the hefty cost to fix structural damage, it would be beneficial to develop a plan to utilize during emergencies that will limit the amount of damage imposed upon your business.
Before you begin to formulate that plan, make sure that your business has invested in business insurance. Covering the expenses of any property damage caused directly by the storm, insurance can lift much of the financial burden. Taking matters into your own hands, a regular examination of the condition of your business’ roof as well as removing debris left by past storms in your gutters can prevent the damage from getting worse. Impact-resistant glass can also be installed in an effort to prevent windows from breaking and sending glass flying across the inside of your business. If you do have any valuables located near windows, be sure to move them to safer areas during storms just in case windows break. Safer areas can include any place that is elevated above the floor and distant from windows. Finally, keep outdoor equipment safe by hunkering it down to something stable.
Monitoring weather forecasts is a beneficial practice, especially if your business is located in an area that regularly experiences severe weather. With these guidelines in mind, you can protect your business as best you can from severe storms throughout the summer.
How to Prepare Your Business for a Fire
There are a few fire prevention steps every Walker and Winston County, business should be aware of for protecting their employees and company property. These steps can not only help ensure that everyone makes it out of the building safely if there is a fire but can also help mitigate damage and the likelihood of a fire occurring. Follow these simple tips below.
1. Have an Emergency Plan
Having an emergency plan can help ensure your employees know what to do in an emergency. Consider making this part of the handbook and posting safety maps in your business.
2. Know Emergency Tool Locations
Knowing where emergency tools such as alarm pull or fire extinguishers can help protect your company from a fire loss. Make sure your employees know where these things are, and that they know how to properly use them.
3. Maintain Equipment
It’s important to maintain any equipment your company may use as a method of fire prevention. Follow the manufacturer's recommendations for keeping things clean, and call a professional if any repairs need to be made. Older equipment may need to be replaced.
4. Use Safety Precautions
Another way to prevent a business fire is to know the safety procedures for any equipment your business may use. This includes everything from a microwave or copier, to any manufacturing equipment kept on site.
5. Keep Emergency Numbers Handy
It’s a good idea to keep emergency numbers handy. This not only includes the number for the fire department or paramedics, but also for your insurance provider. You may also want to keep track of a number for a local fire damage restoration service who can help with cleanup and repairs if a fire does occur.
Using these fire prevention steps can help prevent a fire, and may also help mitigate damage if a fire does occur. Remember, after a fire restoration service can help with cleanup as repairs.
Summer Maintenance for Your Building
Sunny weather is the best time to spruce up your commercial property. Let’s go over a few maintenance tips that can help your Tacoma property.
- Clean your gutters and downspouts – pine needles, leaves and debris can build up gutters and clog downspouts over the fall and winter months. When the rainy season hits, the clogs will cause water to pool which can lead to water damage, including damp spots, mold growth, dry rot, and peeling paint.
- Get your roof inspected – getting your roof inspected once a year is one of the best ways to prevent roof leaks. If you notice any loose tiles or shingles call a roofing company for repairs.
- Wash off your property’s exterior – the wet summer weather can bring in dirt and moss to the exterior of your building. With a pressure washer, you can easily remove, dirt, dust, grime, moss and the like from walls, fences, parking lots, driveways and sidewalks to maintain the outside of your property.
- Apply a fresh of coat of paint – this will boost curb appeal for your property. The paint will provide a resistant layer against the elements, and could reduce the need for major exterior repairs in the future.
- Clean up vegetation around the building – the summer months can be dry and the heat can make flames spread easily. Remove any excessively dry plants, and trim back bordering plants to avoid a preventable disaster.
Big or Small- We Handle it All
No job is too small or too large for us. SERVPRO of Walker & Winston Counties can handle any size loss. From a small water leak to a roof being removed from the commercial structure due to wind. We have a team of professionals ready to respond. Our trucks are always loaded and backed into the building, ready to respond quickly. We also work with temporary labor companies that specialize in our industry and they can supply as much of a workforce as needed. We are ready to help you with your commercial clean up needs and you can trust that we know how important it is for you to get your business back to business as quick as possible.
If your business has experienced a water, fire, or mold loss. Don't hesitate to give us a call. We are always here to help!
Is it Time to Replace Pipes?
If your Walker or Winston County commercial property was built or re-piped sometime between 1978 and 1996, there’s a good chance that it has polybutylene pipes. What once was hailed as a great new plumbing technology eventually turned into a bunch of burst pipes and flooded properties. Then, polyvinyl chloride (PVC) was introduced. So, which is the best decision, keeping the old pipe system and risking a disaster or paying to re-pipe the building with PVC? The old pipes:
What they didn’t realize about the material of this type of pipe is that it degrades over time. Water treatment chemicals, such as chlorine, can break down the material making it brittle. Over time, mini-fractures will form in the pipe, eventually causing it to rupture under the water’s force. Unfortunately, there’s no way to detect a problem with the pipe since the deterioration starts from within the pipe.
2. Affect the Water
Brittle, degrading pipes can affect the quality of the water. Chemicals can leach into the water.
3. Aren’t Repairable
There’s no way to repair a damaged polybutylene pipe since it degrades from the inside out. Replacement is your only option to protect your building.
4. Aren't Up to Code
Building codes in the United States and Canada no longer recognize these pipes. If you want your building to be up to code, you’ll have to get your building re-piped with PVC.
5. Won’t Be Covered by Insurance
More than likely your insurance won’t cover your building if it has these old pipes. At the very least your insurance premiums may be a lot higher than they would be with newer pipes.
6. Lower the Building’s Value
No one is going to want to buy a building that’s not up to code. If they do, it’s going to probably be for a lot less than your building is worth. Getting your building up to code will make it much more appealing to potential buyers when it’s time to sell.
Getting new plumbing for your building could get expensive. If your building sustains water damage due to degraded polybutylene pipes, restoration professionals can return it to its preloss condition.