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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!
Building Maintenance Going Into Summer
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
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.
What Is An ERP and How Can It Help My Business?
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!
Post Construction Cleaning In Cullman or Blount Counties
Here at SERVPRO of Cullman/Blount Counties, we are very experienced in cleaning, and construction sites are no stranger to us. We offer quick and easy cleanup services after the work has been completed, before the finishing touches go into the building's construction. For when you have work done, big or small, we can handle any size site cleanup with our extensive network and readily available equipment.
Post Construction Cleaning: Once the floors are down and the drywall is up, it’s time to remove the debris and dirt in order to lay carpet, paint and decorate. SERVPRO of Cullman/Blount Counties can provide the debris removal services to prepare the building for interior design so you don't start off with a dirty base .
Dehumidification and Drying: During the construction phase, a building can trap moisture. Excessive moisture could result in mold growth. If you think one of your projects may have a moisture issue, rely on our highly trained professionals to provide the assistance you need to eliminate moisture and prevent the potential for mold.
Final Cleaning: We know you want your business to look its best. We provide cleaning services to give the building that extra shine; these include:
- Carpet, resilient and non-resilient floor prep and finish
- Ceiling, walls and fixture cleaning
- Air Duct Cleaning
- Debris Removal
- Window Cleaning
How Can SERVPRO of Cullman/Blount Counties Help My Business?
The SERVPRO Brand is recognized nationally as a leader in water, fire, mold, storm, and biohazard cleanup and restoration in the residential sector, but did you know that we also offer ALL these services for commercial properties as well? That’s right, we have the training, equipment, and experience to handle commercial losses of all shapes and sizes! Serving the communities of Cullman, Oneonta, Crane Hill, and surrounding areas, we’re here to help when disaster strikes, no matter what kind of business your business is in:
- Office Buildings
- Multi-Unit Apartments
- Government Buildings
- …and so many more!
For the highest level of customer service, quick response, and 24 hour a day emergency service, trust SERVPRO of Cullman/Blount Counties for your property damage cleanup and restoration needs. Following guidelines set forth by the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration (IICRC), our team strives to provide the best possible remediation experience for business leaders and owners throughout our community. Give us a call today!
SERVPRO of Cullman/Blount Counties is There When Disaster Hits!
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 Cullman/Blount 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 Cullman/Blount 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 Cullman/Blount 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
Keep Your Business Safe During Storm Season
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 Cullman/Blount 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 Cullman/Blount Counties is independently owned and operated.