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3 Alarming Statistics Every Business Owner Should Know
According to FEMA, more than 40% of small businesses never reopen after having a disaster.
As a business owner, you have a lot on your plate—bills, maintaining operations, etc. While those are important, it’s also important to prepare for potential disasters that might impact your business. In fact, disasters can—and often do—strike when they’re least expected. So whether or not you’re prepared, you’ll want to keep these statistics in mind!
- According to FEMA, more than 40% of small businesses never reopen after having a disaster. As we mentioned, disaster often strikes when we least expect it. That’s why many businesses don’t have contingencies in place. As a result, many businesses fail or are unable to reopen at all.
- In a study conducted by the NFPA from 2007-2011, wet pipe sprinklers worked 90% of the time, and they were effective in 88% of those instances. Fires can occur at any time for a number of reasons. While there’s no guarantee how much damage one will cause, a sprinkler system can dramatically mitigate its impact. Be sure to install one if it’s feasible!
- FEMA reports that from 2006-2010, the average commercial flood claim was over $85,000. Disasters can be quite costly, which is why it’s recommended that you get the appropriate insurance. Even if flood insurance might not seem necessary, it’s highly recommended; you never know when you might need it!
There are a lot of facets to consider as a business owner, but if you can dedicate a just a little bit of your resources to disaster prevention, you are more likely to keep it running even after a disaster. If you do have a disaster, call SERVPRO of Alexander & Caldwell Counties today at (828) 396-1070!
What is an Emergency Ready Profile?
An ERP can help your business recover and resume operations quickly and efficiently!
According to FEMA, around 40% of businesses fail to reopen after a disaster. And to make things worse, the United States Small Business Administration found that over 90% of businesses close within 2 years of a disaster. But despite these alarming statistics, you can mitigate the impact of a disaster if you make preparations in advance. One of the easiest ways you can begin preparations is by creating an Emergency Ready Profile.
All of Our Business’ Vital Information
An Emergency Ready Profile (ERP) is a document comprised of all of your business’ vital information. It includes emergency contact information, utility shut-off locations, and other information you or your employees might need in an emergency situation.
Your local SERVPRO franchise will create an ERP for your business—free of charge! A representative will come in and ask a few questions, then get the necessary information regarding shut-offs and emergency exit points. The whole process should take no more than a few minutes of your time!
After your representative complies the documents, they will present both a physical and a digital copy of the ERP. And in some cases, they will give a copy to your local fire department to have for their own records.
Recovering Your Business
After a disaster, your priority should be to get your business back to its normal operations. Fortunately, an ERP allows you the opportunity to quickly respond and take crucial actions. So if you want to get an ERP for your business in the Lenoir or Taylorsville area, call SERVPRO of Alexander & Caldwell Counties today at (828) 396-1070!
3 Signs Your Business Needs Its Ducts Cleaned
HVAC systems need regular cleanings and maintenance to run efficiently. Fortunately, our team has a high-powered vacuum to do just the trick!
HVAC systems are an essential part of any building, but most property owners neglect to perform regular maintenance. When a system doesn’t undergo cleaning and maintenance for an extended period of time, it tends to overwork and becomes less efficient. If you’re not sure if your business’ ducts need to be cleaned, check out the 3 indicators below.
- You can’t remember the last time it was cleaned. According to the National Air Duct Cleaners Association, your ducts should be cleaned every 3-5 years. If nobody in the building can remember the last time a cleaning was performed, you likely need to do so.
- Your staff notices increased allergy symptoms. Over time, your HVAC system will build up debris and dust particles. When the system is running, it recirculates these contaminants through the building, which can prompt allergies and other problems.
- You have verified mold growth in your ducts. When mold is actively growing, it releases spores. When these spores are in the duct system, they can be circulated throughout the building, which could lead to growth in other areas. It’s best to have a professional apply an antimicrobial and clean your system.
Most people don’t mess with their duct system unless they have to, but regular cleaning can maintain the system’s efficiency. If you believe your duct system needs to be cleaned, call SERVPRO of Alexander & Caldwell Counties at 828-396-1070!
3 Tips for Keeping Your Business' HVAC System Efficient
Most business owners don't think about it, but your building's air ducts need regular cleanings and maintenance to maintain efficiency!
Summer has officially started, which for many of us means watermelon, swimming, and traveling. It also means it’s going to be hot—well, hotter. Air conditioning is vital during this season, but many business owners fail to properly maintain their unit. This equates to higher energy bills, more stress on their system, and potential breakdowns. If you plan on using your HVAC system this summer—we assume most of you are—you’ll want to check out these 3 tips for keeping your business’ HVAC system efficient.
- Replace your air filters. You’re probably aware of this tip, but when’s the last time you replaced yours? The filters, found in the return vent, capture dust and other particles and prevent them from running through the system. Over time, however, they can reduce airflow and lead to overheating. It’s recommended that you replace them every month or two during the cooling season.
- Conduct regular duct cleanings to preserve airflow. Even if your air filters are brand new, airflow can be restricted once it’s inside the system. In addition to dust and other particles that manage to pass through the filters, you’d be surprised by what we’ve found inside duct systems. Small toys, coins, and other objects have a strange way of finding themselves in HVAC systems; one person even found a snake! If you need somebody to clean your system, know that we’ve cleaned many commercial duct systems!
- Clean the coils. The condenser and evaporator coils in your system (found outdoors and indoors, respectively) work together to transfer heat from your inside home to the outside. However, as with the two parts listed above, the coils will gradually build up debris and become inefficient. Fortunately, they can be easily cleaned by spraying them with commercial coil cleaner and following the product’s directions. We advise doing a light cleaning every time you change your filter so you will remember to do both!
This summer has already started off extra hot, which means you’ll definitely run your air conditioning. A clean and well-maintained HVAC system can significantly reduce energy usage and help you stay cool! If you need your ducts cleaned, we’re happy to help; just call us at 828-396-1070!
3 Services SERVPRO Offers Commercial Businesses
Our team is capable of responding to commercial disasters of ANY size!
Commercial property jobs are generally larger and more nuanced than residential properties. Because of this, we offer a more precise set of services to make sure we fully address the customer’s needs. If you own a commercial property, check out 3 of the services we offer!
Disaster Cleanup and Restoration. Considering this is what we primarily do, this would seem obvious, but what’s not obvious is our skill and capacity to handle large-scale jobs. For starters, our franchise is considered one of SERVPRO’s Large Loss Response Teams (LLRT), which means we have been certified by headquarters to have the number of people, equipment, and certifications to handle large disasters. If a job is still too big, we have access to over 1,700 different franchises to bring in additional people and resources. We can truly say no job is too big to handle!
Commercial Cleaning. We know that it’s important to have clean facilities, whether it’s for health and safety reasons or to prepare for an inspection. Our team has access to high-quality, proprietary chemicals and equipment to bring your facility to expected standards!
Emergency Ready Profile. Many businesses—especially small businesses—suffer unfortunate ends after facing disaster. Our Emergency Ready Profile (ERP) is a free service we offer businesses so they can be ready to respond if disaster were to strike. Somebody from our team will take a few minutes to speak with you or a representative, and they will be able to complete the rest themselves. The result is a complete document (and app) with a list of emergency contacts, utility shut-off locations, and more. We offer this invaluable resource at no cost to you!
If your commercial property needs a professional’s help, call SERVPRO of Alexander & Caldwell Counties today!
4 Services You Probably Didn't Know SERVPRO Offered
SERVPRO of Alexander & Caldwell Counties has the skills and equipment to handle any size or type of disaster!
When people think of SERVPRO, they often think about cleaning up and restoring water and fire damages. We often get calls to take care of flooded basements, backed toilets, smoke-damaged rooms, and much more. While we excel at those types of jobs, there are a lot of other services that most people don’t know we offer.
- Biohazard Cleanup. Most people don’t like to think about it, but what happens at a scene after the evidence has been removed? Often times, families and/or property owners are left with the residue that’s left after a death or accident. SERVPRO understands how important and emotional these moments can be, so we handle the situation with immense care and professionalism. Our biohazard cleanup service also extends to toxic chemicals and sewage backups.
- Deodorization. Some odors seem impossible to get rid of, but SERVPRO uses specialized equipment and chemicals that can eliminate almost any odor. Whether its skunk spray, cigarette smoke, or any other lingering odor, we have the tools to make your home or business smell like it used to (unless that’s a bad thing, of course)!
- Document Drying. What would you do if your birth certificate, medical records, or other vital documents were accidentally soaked with water? Since papers can quickly deteriorate when wet, it might seem like a lost cause. Fortunately, SERVPRO has the ability to preserve (and digitalize) any wet documents by using a drying process that is also used by the Library of Congress. If you call SERVPRO quickly, you can rest assured that your documents are in good hands!
- Emergency Ready Profiles. If you own a business, you know how important it is to plan and prepare. Yet most business owners do not have an emergency plan in case of a disaster; after all, it’s time-consuming and not often a priority. But did you know that nearly half of all small businesses will never reopen after a disaster? SERVPRO understands the importance of emergency preparation, so we offer to create FREE Emergency Ready Profiles for any business that wants one. We only ask for a few minutes of your time to go over some essential questions, and then we’ll take care of the rest!
SERVPRO offers a wide range of services that are often overshadowed by our more prominent services. When you or somebody you know faces disaster, know that we have a highly trained, well-equipped team to make take care of it and make it “Like it never even happened.”
Saving A Digital Disaster From Water Damage To Your Bethlehem Office
Our SERVPRO technicians have the tools and manpower to take care of your office space and restore it "Like it never even happened."
Our SERVPRO Team Can Save your Bethlehem Office From Water Damage
Office buildings in Bethlehem are not impervious to water emergencies such as service line ruptures. Given the higher volume of electronic equipment and physical/digital files kept on the premises, even a smaller scale incident is one that restoration and water removal specialists should handle. As you know, the worse a problem gets, the more the business is going to be impacted as a whole.
Water damages to your Bethlehem office can spell all manner of trouble for your business as a whole. First and foremost, you have to consider the equipment that you have within this space, whether it is in the room that is currently experiencing the brunt of the water damages or not. Not just the electronics themselves are essential, but all of the software that you have installed on each system is in jeopardy. Company-specific programs need to be reinstalled, and saved data for use in these programs is lost forever if a growing water problem is allowed to breach their shell.
These damages do not even account for the files that you have stored in some regions of the office building. Since it is slowly becoming more customary to make these files into a digital format, what happens when the server supporting your office cloud space or the large external hard drive to store sensitive client files becomes irreparably damaged when water that could have been removed from SERVPRO professionals reaches it?
We at SERVPRO can appreciate that your business is important. Keeping your doors open and your staff able to work is critical to success. That is why our team works quickly to remove the immediate threats to your productivity while simultaneously employing our water restoration techniques to bring your affected area back to its prior conditions. When contacted quickly, there is a high probability that your business does not need to close its doors at all.
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While your business cannot afford a lengthy stoppage in production, it is unlikely to experience one if you put the right restoration team on the job. Call us at SERVPRO of Alexander & Caldwell Counties; we can be reached anytime at (828) 396-1070.
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Quick Action Saves Water Threatened Inventory at Bethlehem Store
SERVPRO's IICRC certified technicians remove water from wood flooring then use a variety of techniques to restore them "Like it never even happened."
SERVPRO's Thorough Drying and Restoration Process
Unique products and a quirky approach to selling make a repurposed historic house the perfect place to display home furnishings and décor in Bethlehem. Interesting and eclectic surroundings come with the unpredictability of an aging building. When water damage develops from leaks in old pipes, we have the experience and strategies to save your room stagings from a soaking.
Creating an inviting atmosphere in the various rooms used for display, the 100 plus-year-old radiators in your retail space also create havoc as their rusted valves begin to leak. The water at first was unnoticeable, drops at a time, but then rugs and carpeting nearby became sodden. The designer furnishings are next, but we have other and much more constructive ideas.
Even before we arrive, you can help avoid water damage in your Bethlehem retail space by lifting furniture up and place blocks or foil covered towels under the legs. This keeps water from wicking up the wood or rusting metal fittings. Roll up area rugs for evaluation and potential specialty cleaning, and also to prevent dyes from staining other flooring. SERVPRO crews assess the scene upon arrival, and a plan for drying and restoring the antique wooden floors and the modern carpeting takes shape.
The water source to the radiators must be shut down and arrangements for repairs made. Once that is secured, SERVPRO technicians begin water extraction. Care is taken when using vacuum extractors on the wall to wall carpet to minimize stretching and prevent tearing at seams. Delamination, where the backing pulls away from the fiber layer, is a risk reduced when IICRC trained workers complete the task. The padding, if left in place, must be dried through the carpeting as well, which requires weighted wand techniques to force all moisture out. Air movers and dehumidifiers speed the process by moving moist air away from the areas affected, allowing the drier air to absorb water vapor given up by the carpeting.
Wood flooring is resilient if treated fast. After standing water is removed, SERVPRO technicians use a variety of techniques to resolve the remaining moisture issues. Drying the subfloor is critical, as the top layer wicks up any dampness, resulting in cupping -- where the planks rise on the edges, leaving a valley. Surface dampness left unresolved can cause crowning, where the center of the boards swells up. Buckling happens when the floorboards curve up from the subfloor after prolonged water exposure.
Drying mats lie directly on the floor and pull up moisture. We may pull up a few sections to aim air movers at both the main and the subfloor. Small holes drilled or, in severe cases, finishes removed, allow the wood to release trapped moisture, helped by dry air provided with dehumidifiers and air movers. Throughout the process, SERVPRO workers measure and monitor the progress of moisture reduction.
SERVPRO of Alexander & Caldwell Counties has the highly qualified technicians and powerful drying equipment to reduce moisture to normal levels in floors and other surfaces. Call (828) 396-1070 to help with water damage due to any source.
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Taylorsville Funeral Home Survives Water Damage
Keep your doors open for the families and loved ones who need your services when SERVPRO restores water damaged areas of your funeral home.
Water Damage To A Funeral Home
A town relies upon its funeral homes, needing their services especially in times of disaster. Like any business, however, a funeral home can suffer from roof leaks, pipe breaks, or other ways water intrudes and damages property. Restoration professionals help put the business back to rights and serve to preserve access to a critical service community members need.
Elegant and historical, the classic architectural lines of your family mortuary mask water damage that threatens this Taylorsville institution. Aging pipes slowly leaked, discoloring plaster and causing paint to peel. Bulges in the ceiling tiles reveal the problem grows incrementally. An inspection by our experienced project manager pinpoints areas of concern. We outline the steps needed to restore this place where treasured memories and celebrations of lives occur to its previous glory.
SERVPRO technicians use sophisticated technology to locate leaks and pockets of water causing the evident damage. Arrangements for repair of the older plumbing infrastructure take initial precedence. Then our team begins the work of removing residual water and reducing moisture in the structure and contents of your funeral parlor. Pumps and extractors pull water out, operated by certified technicians to avoid further damage to your property.
We take precise measurements of moisture levels to establish drying goals. Then we position powerful air movers and dehumidifiers to reduce moisture in walls, ceilings, and floors to normal levels. Carpeting and furnishings saturated by water receive expert attention including evaluation as to whether any mold damage is present. Moldy materials may need to be removed and replaced, but we focus on restoration of all other items so the community can turn to you in their time of need. Restoration is less time consuming and costly than tear out and replacements, thus much less disruptive to your essential business.
SERVPRO offers document restoration services as part of our water damage recovery options. Business or client records damaged by the leaking plumbing often respond well to a freeze drying method also called lyophilization. We work with you to determine which articles may profit from this relatively costly process. An inventory of items removed is created and maintained as we work through your documents.
Keep your doors open for the families and loved ones who need your services when SERVPRO of Alexander & Caldwell Counties restores water damaged areas of your funeral home. Call us at (828) 396-1070 to arrange for a consultation.
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Possible Causes of Roof Leaks to Your Taylorsville Commercial Building
SERVPRO Says Prevent Commercial Water Damage in Taylorsville, Maintain Flat Roofs
Physical Breakdown of Membranes on Roofs Can Close a Business
When you own a commercial building, there are several causes for roof leaks to occur. Any leak or water problem can cause serious damage to your frame shop and your merchandise. You should schedule regular inspections of your roofing system to avoid the most common issues.
While many problems are identifiable, many areas which are prone to leaks require challenging repairs, and if they are not done correctly, make Taylorsville commercial water damage many times worse. Your business needs routine inspections, therefore, so you can keep a close eye on these problem areas and save significant costs with proactive management.
If you do experience a water damage loss, however, SERVPRO can come to your rescue to clean up all the water and repair damages. For major roof repair work, they collaborate closely with trusted and skilled contractors to get your building in good condition again.
Sometimes, understanding possible causes for roof leaks helps to prevent major damages.
Clogged Drainage or Ponding Water
If you have a flat roof and there is no way for it to drain properly, it can begin to look like a swimming pool. Ponding water is one of the most common reasons for commercial roof leaks and water damage, adding a significant strain to your roofing system since one square foot of water weights about five pounds per inch.
You need to make sure water is freely and properly flowing off your roof between the gutters, drains, downspouts, and scuppers. In some cases, the current drainage system might not be routing water correctly, requiring roof repairs.
Damaged Perimeter Flashing
Roof leak repair is many times most needed at the outer edges or at inner parapet walls where flashings are installed to protect the roof membrane cover edges. If the flashing is installed improperly, damaged, or becomes loose due to storms or the wind, the edges of the cover can be exposed, letting water and moisture seep into the building and roofing system.
Open Roof Penetrations
Penetrations include drains, pipes, vents, HVAC units, hot stacks, conduits, gas lines, and other objects that puncture the membrane of the roof. These are prone to leaks and must be properly secured to make sure the roofing system is protected from water damage.
SERVPRO can step in to clean up any standing water and damage that is done from one of these penetrations on your roof causing a leak inside your building. They also can restore and repair many of your items inside your building to reduce your losses.
Damage to Roofing Membrane
As the membrane ages, it can blister, split, shrink, crack, or puncture, giving way to water and exposing the insulation of the roof under the membrane.
SERVPRO of Alexander & Caldwell Counties understands that any water damage from your commercial roof can be devastating to your business, which is why we are available to you any time of the day, any day of the week. Just contact us at (828) 396-1070, and we can take care of the damages done by water so your business can be up and running like normal again.
Commercial Water Removal in Taylorsville
Don't let water damage close your auto repair shop for good. Call SERVPRO for remediation services today!
SERVPRO Technicians can Get Your Shop Opened Quickly After Damage
In a residential neighborhood, standing water usually means the loss of some personal property, time in a motel for the residents and a limited amount of restoration costs. It does not usually affect the person's ability to go to work or draw a paycheck. This limitation is not the case when disaster strikes a business.
Quick commercial water removal for a Taylorsville structure such as an auto repair shop can mean the difference between reopening for business and closing the doors permanently. SERVPRO has decades of experience in helping our communities and local businesses get back to work and back to normal as well.
Since most of the water in commercial flooding is from damaged plumbing or faulty sprinklers, the water involved is usually clean. That means the water is free of sewage and other contaminants which make removal and clean-up more difficult, time-consuming, and expensive. It also means that our technicians use a checklist of actions that is designed to help you reopen your doors and begin servicing customers as soon as we can safely do so.
First, we secure your facility. This step includes not just protecting your structure from further water damage or trespassing, but also looking for electrical hazards, deteriorating floors and sub-floors as well as falling ceilings if the source of the water leak was from a sprinkler, an upper floor, or the roof.
Next, technicians remove standing water. They use industrial pumps along with generators if the power is still out. Once the water is gone, the response team examines crawl spaces, under floors and behind walls to ensure we have not missed anything.
If everything checks OK, the next step is to lower the humidity levels of the building itself and the surrounding air. Technicians determine levels with moisture meters and then set up a combination of air movers and exhaust fans at exit points in the shop. These commercial machines rapidly exchange damp air for drier air from the outside, and we maintain a scaled inventory of them for use in small areas like storage rooms to larger, multi-bay areas like the shop floor. For smaller rooms with carpeting (e.g. a manager's office), we may also set up a dehumidifier to speed up the process to prevent pulling up and replacing the carpet or the pad underneath.
Reopening the doors after a disaster is a time-consuming and often expensive, process. SERVPRO of Alexander & Caldwell Counties is here to make sure it is not a frustrating one as well. Our technicians walk through every step with you and even assist with your insurance company if it is helpful to do so. Call us at today at (828) 396-1070 to get started.
Commercial Water Removal Services Help Stony Point Factories Remain Operational
SERVPRO Helps Insure Your Commercial Property's Restoration
SERVPRO's Vast Experience Does the Heavy Lifting to Keep Your Plant Operational Following Water Damage
Industrial settings such as factories and assembly plants require consistent environmental conditions. Standing water, in any area, from any source, can immediately halt production and affect not only worker safety but also company profits, for months to come. SERVPRO has the skilled professionals who can work as a team to reduce downtime, working around your employees, if needed, to return your operations to full speed again.
Stony Point area business owners will always have emergency commercial water removal services available for whenever situations with invasive, problematic water issues threaten to halt normal business operations. SERVPRO is known nationwide as a trusted name in emergency situations of any type or magnitude. Our water removal professionals that care about your employees' health, your business, and the general public can make it “Like it never even happened,” and quickly. We know time is money. Our goal is to help you stay open, operational, and in business.
Starting with the appropriate-sized extraction equipment for the situation, we quickly remove any visible water from the site. When this stage is complete, our experts will start the process of returning your factory to an adequately dry state again. Air movers and commercial-grade heaters will decrease the overall drying time by substantially increasing the rate of evaporation. For Large Loss emergencies, we can utilize large refrigerated dehumidifiers that can draw up to 30 lbs of moisture from the air quickly. Concrete floors, after returning to a dry enough state, can be treated under larger pieces of manufacturing equipment with anti-fungal sealants that are quick drying. This application protects these areas from mold growth in the future.
Depending on the type of water, and its source, we may not be able to save all of a business's inventory. Our efforts can largely prevent metal mesh floors and staircases from peeling and corroding, equipment cases from rusting, the wiring of components in tools and machinery from developing shorts, and other, common effects of water damage to industrial equipment and structures. Hand-cleaning of the details in your machinery, molds, and lines, including tubings, basins, and other affected areas will ensure that your finished goods are not affected in the future.
For any size water emergency involving any category of water, call SERVPRO of Alexander & Caldwell Counties at (828) 396-1070 to get dried out and back in business. We're always available to assist in any emergency situation your factory may require for help.
Why You Shouldn't Have Your Employees Clean Up Commercial Water Damage in Bethlehem
Count on SERVPRO for Bethlehem Water Damage Help
SERVPRO is the Answer to Water Damage in Your Business
It's a regular part of many employees' work duties to maintain and clean their work area, and at times, the areas of other employees. Some situations fall outside of normal working conditions, and these need to have special rules. Allowing, or requiring, employees to clean up spills and messes is expected to a certain degree, but some situations surpass this.
If your Bethlehem business has a case with commercial water damage, there are several reasons why you should bring in outside help, instead of having your employees rectify the watery mess. First is their safety during the task of cleaning up, but you should also keep in mind their experience in dealing with hazards such as this. Many times, it isn't only water that is causing problems, but microscopic organisms and inorganic compounds that the water might contain. These contaminants can create health and safety concerns and possible risks. Any injuries or illnesses resulting from cleaning up will be your responsibility.
You also have an obligation to your company. Having unskilled and unqualified people cleaning, restoring, and repairing commercial water damage at your site can leave the building lacking on many different levels. Some of these can become serious risks to the safety of others later. SERVPRO has the certified IICRC training and water damage restoration technicians to restore your structure.
Work done by unqualified or unlicensed people can also create havoc with not only your insurance agent but also with local code enforcement officers. Not only might you find that your employees are unable to complete even small portions of the work required to keep you in business, but you will be unable to provide the necessary paperwork to document the repairs that were needed, and performed, for your business to be re-approved by code enforcement. The same is also true with your insurance carrier when it comes time to file a claim for reimbursement. Better to call a business to keep you in business.
It's better to call an expert and experienced professionals with the required licensing and certifications who can handle any size disaster. When you have commercial water damage, it's time to call us, SERVPRO of Alexander & Caldwell Counties at (828) 396-1070. We'll get your business cleaned up and functional again.