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Commercial ERP

6/29/2022 (Permalink)

Years ago, SERVPRO began to research the affects that a major fire or water loss can have on a
commercial business. The numbers found were staggering. It is estimated that over 50% of
businesses that sustain a major fire or flood lose so much revenue during shutdown that they
don't have the finances to reopen, and that's with loss of revenue insurance. What if I told
you that your local SERVPRO had a way to help you be ready PRIOR to such an event. Your
dedicated SERVPRO rep can build a profile of your business that helps identify and locate all
your major shutoff valves, whether that be an electric panel, a water main, or even a sprinkler
system. By knowing where to find these, when that even occurs, you can quickly shut down
the source and minimize the damage to your commercial business. The cherry on top to all of
this is that it's all in the palm of your hand in your phone whenever you need it on the SERVPRO
Ready App. This app will have all your basic property info, locations and pictures of all your
major shutoffs, as well as any significant contacts you may need in such a crisis. Now,
instead of relying on memory, you have all the key info right in your hip pocket. Contact your
local SERVPRO of Cullman rep today and let him have you disaster ready!

Storm Team

6/29/2022 (Permalink)

Living in the southeast has incredible benefits; amazing food, amazing scenery, and the
hospitable people on the planet. But with all those great things comes the challenge of strong
storms during the spring and early summer months. In my short 43 years on this earth, I've
see some of the worst. When disaster like that strikes, it's reassuring to know that you have a
company you can call on that is
“Faster To Any Size Disaster”. At SERVPRO, no job is too big and no job is too small. It's
inevitable that disaster will strike, we just never know when. We are a team of dedicated
professionals that are ready 24/7 365 days out of the year. One of the added benefits to a
company like SERVPRO is the way we coordinate with other SERVPRO franchises surrounding us.
You see, we are a team, so when I say no job is too big, I mean that. We can have boots
from other areas on the ground right here in Cullman to help us get your home or business
cleaned up and back in working condition. With a dedicated corporate entity that can supply
us with however much equipment we need, we are truly ready for whatever comes. We love
our community and we don't ever wish disaster on it, but when it DOES strike, we are right
there with you putting the pieces back together.

How our Storm team Travels

6/29/2022 (Permalink)

I can remember my first year working with SERVPRO as if it were yesterday. I was brand new to
the industry. While I was familiar with the SERVPRO brand, I did not know what all that entailed.
Within a short 3 or 4 month span, I was about to see one of the most heart wrenching events
take place, and that was the Nashville flood. I can remember our SERVPRO owner mobilizing
us to connect with the other teams around Nashville to help mitigate all the losses,
commercial and residential. It was surreal riding down the streets of downtown seeing where
water had not receded and downtown blocks still under water. The Cumberland river
wreaked havoc on downtown Nashville and many of the surrounding neighborhoods. In all of
that damage, I got to see the greatest restoration company work together, teaming up
franchises from all parts of the United States to help that community put their lives back
together. That's what you get when SERVPRO assembles for a massive storm event,
cooperation and team work. Although, we don't wish disaster on any community, we are
honored when allowed to serve and help clean up. That couldn't happen if multiple SERVPRO
franchises didn't come together, as a team, to get the job done. So, if a storm does damage
to your area and you see those green fleets come rolling in from all over the United States,
you can rest assured they are a team with the same goal….to get your property back where it
needs to be so you can move forward with your life and business.

The Science of Mitigaton

6/29/2022 (Permalink)

When mitigating a water damage in a home or business, the average person doesn't really
think about the science involved when determining the most effective way to dry materials.
The fact is, it's all science. SERVPRO of Cullman has the tools to not only determine what
materials sustained water damage, we also have a program that tracks down the exact
number of air movers and dehumidifiers needed in order to dry your structure in a timely
manner. Time is of the essence to prevent secondary damage, so a proper plan is a MUST.
When you contact SERVPRO of Cullman, you can rest assured that every step we take will be
validated according to established industry standards, as well as approved by your insurance
adjuster. The science is just THAT important to us because your property is important to you
and we want to take the best care of it that we can. Backed by IICRC industry standards, we
have the science needed to get your structure back to normal and you back to the more
important things in life.

Insurance Relationships During a Storm Event

6/29/2022 (Permalink)

Anytime someone is dealing with a major storm event that turns their life upside down, it can
be unsettling enough by itself. Then comes the cleanup. So, how do you know who to trust?
That is where national and local relationships can help. Whether it's your local SERVPRO sales
rep making monthly visits to your local insurance agents and adjusters, or members of our
corporate sales team building bridges with the corporate arms of insurance, know that
SERVPRO works tirelessly to earn the trust of those companies we do work for. We understand
the expectations of these companies when mitigating a loss during a storm. By having built a
foundation of understanding prior to a major event, there is a level of trust that can assure you
that all parties have your best interest at heart. SERVPRO has spent years becoming a
preferred service provider on many of these insurance programs and we work as hard as
needed to maintain those relationships. This is important in a major crisis because it lets you
know that we, along with your insurance company, are committed to doing what needs to be
done to get you back on your feet.

Building Maintenance Going Into Summer

6/15/2022 (Permalink)

Sunny weather is the best time to spruce up your commercial property. Let’s go over a few maintenance tips that can help your Cullman or Blount county property.

  1. Gutters and Downspouts – sticks, leaves and debris can build up in the tracks of your gutters and clog downspouts over the fall and winter months, which could lead to water intrusion. Water intrusion could lead to water damage, mold, or deterioration of building materials. 
  2. Roof Inspection – getting your roof inspected once a year is one of the best ways to prevent roof leaks. If you notice loose tiles, shingles, or hail damage, contact a roofing company to address any issues. 
  3. Exterior Washing – 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.
  4. Fresh Coat of Paint – New paint can provide a new protective layer to your structure. helping to fight against the risk of potential damages from outside forces.
  5. Clean up vegetation around the building – the summer months bring high heat and dry conditions which can increase the chances of fire. Trim or remove vegetation that has dried up to help reduce the risk of fire spreading to the building.

Busted Pipes in A Commercial Building

6/15/2022 (Permalink)

Busted pipes can wreak havoc and spell disaster in a commercial building. It is important to have to protocols in place to get the water turned off and cleaned up as quickly as possible. 

The #1 priority when a pipe burst, is to get the water turned off ASAP. After the supply has been turned off, open up every faucet to drain the remaining water from the lines. Also turn off the water the heater and flush every toilet at least one time. Once these objectives have been completed, the next phase can begin. 

Step #2 is to reduce secondary damage. This is done by getting the water removed from the structure in a timely manner. Water will continue to move through building materials as long as it is present. If there is any doubt that water ran through an area that contains electricity, turn off the power at the breakers and consult an electrician to perform an inspection. 

Step #3 is to contact a certified mitigation specialist such as SERVPRO. Even though you may have removed the standing water, there will still be elevated moisture levels and humidity. It is crucial to make sure that moisture levels and humidity are returned to preloss levels to reduce the risk of mold forming. 

Should busted pipes cause water to infiltrate your building, call SERVPRO today to let us help you get your business back in working order. 

Mold In HVAC System

6/1/2022 (Permalink)

How Is Mold Removed From Ducts?

Removing mold from HVAC systems should be done by licensed mold remediation experts who know how to clean the mold clean the molf from the system in a way to prevent mold spores from spreading to other areas. In order to prevent the spores from spreading, our professional technicians will contain the surrounding areas around the registers. Items that are covered in mold will be removed from the structure to be either replaced or restored. Air scrubbers will be utilized to clean the air during the HVAC system cleaning. For more information on our air scrubbers and how they work, refer to our blog post on air scrubbers.

Duct lines are good breeding grounds for mold spores. It is dark, isolated and can be humid if the system is not running correctly and there can be dirt, dust, and debris that can speed up mold growth. It is important to have your System professionally cleaned every couple of years. 

Give us a call today if you believe that mold could potentially be growing in your home or business!

Steps To Take After Storm Damage

5/17/2022 (Permalink)

As we get into the summer months here in Cullman/Blount County, it is not uncommon to see devastating storms. Here are just a few steps to take after a storm to help best preserve your home.

  1. Prioritize Safety First
  2. Take pictures and document any damage done to any structures and make notes of any damaged personal items
  3. Tarping the roof could help prevent further water damage from occurring
  4. Reach out to a local restoration professional for help.

These steps may seem simple, but it is the homeowners responsibility to stop further damage from occurring, when possible and safe. Leaving structures with holes in the structure could lead to secondary damage. Tarping the roof, and even sometimes boarding up windows, or holes that may have been created in the side of a structure can help protect your home. By completing these steps,  you will lower your chances of secondary damages. Should you need any assistance this storm season, we encourage you to reach out to us for a helping hand. 

What Is An ERP and How Can It Help My Business?

5/17/2022 (Permalink)

ERP stands for Emergency Ready Plan. An Emergency Ready Plan is a free service that we provide to commercial customers to give them an additional tool to help them during an emergency event such as a, fire loss or a water loss. This tool can come in the form of a paper copy put together in a binder, a digital copy accessible from any mobile device, or both.

In an ERP will be information such as, the best location for first responders to park, as well as, the best entrance point for them. Other information that will be documented will be, potentially dangerous chemicals, elevators, stairwells, and backup generators. Water, Electrical, Gas, Sprinkler systems, and Servers will also be noted, along with pictures and directions to the location of these individual items to help with identifying these areas in the midst of chaos. Building contacts such as, Maintenance supervisors, building managers and owners, and utility contacts with phone numbers will be added as well. We can also insert emergency response contacts for local hospitals, fire departments, and police departments as well. 

Every second counts when disaster strikes, so reach out to SERVPRO of Cullman/Blount County today to set up your appointment for an ERP!