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Commercial Buildings

6/29/2022 (Permalink)

Insurance costs vary from home to home, but in a commercial facility/building, they can be an entirely
different element.
Businesses that are set-up differently can be more costly, usually due to hazardous and/or flammable
chemicals on-site, and/or various types of equipment used in the manufacturing process. Due to the
chemicals, and some of the liquids, products, gases, etc., used in the manufacturing process, these
facilites pose a greater fire risk than an average home.
Buildings that are constructed of wood rather than a fire-resistant material are more costly, due to the
greater combustability, as the fire can spread quite quickly. In most cases, you will see industrial
buildings, manufacturomg facilites, petrol based plants, processing plants, machine shops, and many
others constructed of metal, with all fire suppression systems in place. Many cites, county's and
municipalities have strict fire suppression codes that must be followed. These codes are in place to not
only limit the spread of fire, but to also limit damage to the building and of course, to save lives and
equipment.
Also, business owners should have the proper equipment on-site, such as; fire-alarms and detectors, fire
suppresion systems; sprinklers, fire extinguishers, etc., and of course the proper first-aid kit. Owners
should always have bavk-up systems in place for the alarms and fire-suppression system. If a power
outage occurs, battery back-up is a popular option.
Geographically speaking, the proximity to a loca fire station can also play a role in insurance premiums.
How close is your facility to the nearest fire station?
A 3-minute repsonse time, or a 12 minute response time? This factor also plays an important role in
considering the location of your business facility.

Post Construction Cleanup

5/27/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Walker & Winston Counties can assist you in the cleanup after your latest remodel or brand new construction.

Post construction debris can affect your HVAC system can leave debris in the ducts, returns, and can affect the efficiency of the system. No need to worry though, because your local SERVPRO is licensed to clean your entire HVAC system along with cleaning any other debris that may occur because of the reconstruction process.

No matter what circumstances got you into reconstruction; whether water, fire, smoke, smoot, or a new build, we can handle the cleanup from top to bottom. During reconstruction, there will be dust, dirt, and debris that will need to be removed. Your local SERVPRO is always available to provide an estimate and get you scheduled. 

Spring is Not Far Away, So Get Your Business Ready!

2/1/2022 (Permalink)

Spring is fast approaching. The season brings challenges, including flooding from either snowmelt and heavy rains. The following are four steps you can take to prepare your commercial building for spring.

Clean the Gutters

The gutters on your building are responsible for diverting water away from the structure. Make sure they are clear of any debris so that they function their best.

Check the Sump Pump

If your business experiences flooding, whether it be from heavy rains or a frozen pipe burst, a sump pump can help. If the building has a sump pump, it will be located in either the basement or the crawl space. To test it, simply pour in enough water to activate the pump. After you test it, clean out any debris that might be built up.

Protect Important Documents/Items

No one expects their company property to have a water damage. Anticipating these disasters can help you avoid future stress and headache if you do your best to protect your building’s contents before it happens. Although an experienced restoration company can usually help you get your business back to preloss condition, it is generally easier to prevent damage in the first place. Make sure there are electronic copies of all critical documents. Move important equipment to higher ground. Put smaller items in waterproof storage bags.


In many cases, flooding happens without much warning. Spring floods, can sometimes be predictable. This gives you the opportunity to be proactive in protecting your business.

Is Your Business Prepared for A Fire?

12/22/2021 (Permalink)

We Minimize Disruption to Your Business

We hope your business never experiences commercial fire damage, but if you do we want to help. We know that any disruption to your business can be costly so we will work to get you back to business as usual as soon as possible. No matter what size of job, we can be on site within four hours of your call. We can even help with the insurance paperwork and process. Some examples of commercial properties we work with are:

  • Small Office Buildings
  • Large Office/High-Rise Office Buildings
  • Apartment Buildings
  • Restaurants
  • Hotel/Motels
  • Small Retail Stores
  • Large Retail/Big-Box Stores
  • High-Rise Residential
  • Manufacturing & Industrial
  • Government/Military

Call Us Today!

Our team of trained professionals are ready to respond to your fire damage- 24 hours a day. We have the training and state-of-the-art equipment to take care of your needs, no matter what size job.

Is Your Commercial Property Insured?

7/19/2021 (Permalink)

Commercial property owners want to cut costs and improve profits. However, when it comes to insurance, you should rethink that stance. We at SERVPRO of Walker & Winston Counties have found that water damage is among the most common issues businesses face, and without appropriate insurance coverage, the restoration expense is coming out of the owner’s pocket or the profits of the company. While it is true that business insurance does not cover every type of water issue, it does include many.

1. Leaking

When you have old pipes, it is possible to end up with several leaks. Unfortunately, because of the nature of plumbing, these leaks may go undetected for weeks or even months, leading to water stained ceilings, crumbling drywall and even structural damage. Most insurance policies will cover leaky pipes, especially if you have your building regularly inspected. 

2. Cracks

Similar to leaks, cracks can cause the same types of water damage, but it may be on a grander scale. Cracks, or splits, in the pipe usually create more damage because the openings in the pipes are larger. As with leaks, if you can prove that you did not know about the damage early on, then your insurer should be willing to cover the cost.

3. Freezing

Colder months can wreak havoc on a business, especially those operating out of warehouse facilities and garages. The reason for the issue is that warehouses and garages have pipes that are exposed to severe temperature fluctuations. If pipes freeze, then the excess pressure can lead to broken pipes. Thankfully, this too is covered by a typical business policy. However, you must prove that you try to maintain a steady temperature at your property throughout the year.

4. Breaks

Sudden breaks should also be covered. In addition to the pipe repair, the water cleanup will likely be included as well. Your insurer may require estimates from several emergency remediation specialists in the Walker and Winston County area before funding the project. 

While it is understandable that business owners want to cut costs, insurance is likely not the area to save money. Water damage can account for thousands in restoration costs alone, which is why business insurance is so necessary.

Help In The Palm Of Your Hand!

7/19/2021 (Permalink)

Your business needs to be able to serve your clients and customers. Its why you went into business and why you do what you do. So if your property suffers from property damage from a fire suppression system break or pipe rupture. Or even a fire in the building your business comes to a standstill and a complete stop. 

SERVPRO offers a FREE Emergency Ready Profile App to help you and your team prepare for a property disaster. When setting up the app and your profile for your building or buildings, it walks you through documenting important information like where the water shut off is, where the gas shutoff is if there is gas in the building. If a disaster occurs its important that everyone on your team knows what to do and who to call when disaster strikes. 

Call us today to set up a time to get started!