Ask The Experts: Do I need a professional to help clean up commercial water damage?
Dealing with a flooded company is never something a business owner wants. Unfortunately, many businesses will eventually experience some kind of water loss, whether a broken pipe, leaking roof, or storm-related event. Fortunately, business owners don’t have to go it alone. A water remediation and restoration professional will have the latest knowledge, equipment, and techniques to get your business back to “Like it never even happened.”
Water damage is never a simple situation. Restoring it back to its former glory requires different methods for different materials. Every structure has many porous and nonporous materials, all of which require their own methods for cleaning. In some cases, drywall or carpeting will need to be removed and replaced. In many cases, much more can be saved. An expert will do the following to help you minimize your loss.
- Inspect and assess the damage
- Extract water
- Dry and dehumidify affected areas
- Clean, sanitize and deodorize, including odor removal from air
- Restore structural components
Along with restoring the structural integrity of your flooded company, a certified professional is trained to salvage as much affected content as possible. From furniture to documents and equipment, they use an array of advanced techniques to clean items on-and off-site. These methods include:
Dry Cleaning – Best for minimal residue or pre-treatment before wet cleaning Used for cleaning light
Wet Cleaning – Method for the removal of heavy residues
Spray Cleaning – A solution safe for items too delicate for wet cleaning.
Foam Cleaning – Ideal for textiles that can be wet cleaned.
Abrasive Cleaning – Used for heavily soiled areas.
Immersion Cleaning – Items are dipped in an industrial solution.
When faced with a flooded company, getting back to normal can seem like something that will never happen. By finding the right help that adheres to industry standards and uses innovative equipment and techniques, you can get your business back to normal faster.
So give us a call! We are faster to any disaster and are here to help get you back to "Like it never even happened."
Flooding May Come, But SERVPRO Is Here For You!
Flooding and water damage events in Indiana commercial properties are often complex with numerous issues that require a knowledgeable and flexible response. Whether we’re dealing with a relatively small water cleanup scenario or a large scale event, we work quickly to assess each unique situation and isolate the damaged area. In many instances, normal operations can continue in a temporary space while we restore your facility.
Restoring Commercial Properties Presents Unique Challenges
Our professionals are trained to be mindful of legal and environmental concerns and strive to fully restore the damaged area while working within your budgetary constraints. We understand that every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when an emergency situation arises in your business, give us a call and we’ll be there fast with the help you need.
About SERVPRO of Kosciusko and Noble Counties
SERVPRO of Kosciusko & Noble Counties specializes in the cleanup and restoration of commercial and residential property after a water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.
Storm, Storm Go Away: How SERVPRO Can Help When it Comes To Storm Damage
Ice damage, hail damage, storm damage, hurricane damage, flooding and wind damage all have the potential to cause far-reaching damage when they strike. However, not all is lost. Storm restoration can help salvage most of the items in a house. Homeowners count their losses too quick before engaging the services of storm restoration experts.
It is important to know the effects of harsh weather so that homeowners understand the need for storm remediation. Wind damage, for instance, can cause heavy roof damage. Roof damage is mainly from loose tiles or shingles. Wind damage after winter can also cause moisture from ice damming or formation of ice dams to sip through the roof. Homes with wooden roofs can experience wood swelling. This leads to further roof damage necessitating immediate repair.
There are various strategies that homeowners can take as measures of storm remediation. For instance, those who live in areas more prone to winter damage or wind damage can consider installing roofs with a higher slope. This goes a long way in reducing the cost of regular roof leak repairs. It also minimizes roof leaks.
Postponing roof repair especially from ice dams and ice damming only leads to more costs. A simple roof leak repair can turn into a roof replacement if not handled immediately. It is also crucial to conduct roof inspection, especially after a storm warning. This minimizes the costs to be incurred in roof repair after the storm damage happens. A roof inspection will identify all the damaged places, and the roof repair will be handled in time. All roof leaks are also sealed to ensure that the roof is able to withstand the coming weather damage.
Hurricane damage, flood water damage, hail damage, wind damage, ice damage, storm damage and river flooding experts are trained to handle such harsh weather conditions. The water restoration arrive at the scene of the damage immediately. Water restoration efforts must be done promptly so as to prevent further damage. These activities are done after an assessment of the extent of flooding, ground water levels, and the flood water. An assessment is what informs their actions to deal with the storm damage, ground water, and flooding.
Homeowners need to explain the type of damage so that the home restoration experts can come with the right tools and gear to carry out storm remediation. One such tool is a flood pump. These flood pumps are used to drain water after a flooding or water damage. A flood pump can also work automatically. It can be left in a room to drain the ground water. The pumps are able to handle the ground water even as it rises. Commercial flood pumps are also available to deal with massive flood water situations such as river flooding. In a home application, the flood pumps can be used with vacuums.
Another common issue is frozen pipes, especially after a winter damage. Frozen pipes prevent a free flow of water through the pipes. If the temperatures are still low, it may take time before the frozen pipes unfreeze. It is not advisable to apply heat to the frozen pipes. Handling of these frozen pipes should be left to the storm restoration or home restoration experts.
So give us a call today! We are faster to any disaster and ready to make things "Like it never even happened."
Ask The Experts: The Benefits of Duct Cleaning For Your Business
Duct cleaning generally refers to the cleaning of various heating and cooling system components of forced air systems, including the supply and return air ducts and registers, grilles and diffusers, heat exchangers heating and cooling coils, condensate drain pans (drip pans), fan motor and fan housing, and the air handling unit housing.
If not properly installed, maintained and operated, these components may become contaminated with particles of dust, pollen or other debris. If moisture is present, the potential for microbiological growth (e.g., mold) is increased and spores from such growth may be released into the air of your commercial business.
Ventilation systems are often the biggest culprit in poor indoor air quality. Make it a priority to inspect the ductwork of your business.
If your HVAC has been operating for some time without attention, it could be circulating one or more of the following:
- Dirt and debris
- Other contaminants
The benefits of servicing your HVAC unit include:
- Helps to restore peak energy efficiency.
- May help to eliminate offensive odors.
- Helps reduce the potential for mold growth.
Beware the Ice Dam!
If you live in Kosciusko or Noble County in Indiana for any length of time you will realize that the temps are cold, and then warm and then ridiculous...sometimes all in one day! With this weather pattern comes the very real threat of ice dams! When snow falls, melts, and then freezes rapidly, water can pool on your roof and create a dam, causing the runoff to leak into your home. Check out this article link below for more great info on what ice dams are and how to prevent them!
Ask The Experts: What do I do if fire has destroyed my commercial business?
Commercial fire damage repair may not be something you think you will ever need for your business, but the unfortunate reality is some businesses will experience a fire damaging event. Fires can be caused by an electrical shortage from overloading an extension cord to a lightning strike. Especially common are cooking accidents in restaurants. As soon as the flames are extinguished by firefighters, you may begin to worry about what steps are required to resume business as usual. The best advice is to be prepared for this possible event and have a plan.
The Damage Caused by a Fire
When you experience commercial fire damage to your business, you may reflect on the mess left behind in the charred ruins of the property. However, the damage you need to contend with will go far beyond the ashes. To repair the property entirely after experiencing a damaging fire, you will need to seek the help of a professional team like SERVPRO. Water may have to be extracted after the firefighters' efforts. The smoke damage may cause more of a problem that the burnt materials from the fire. While a fire may be contained in one area of the building, smoke can fill most or all of the areas, and it can cause significant damage and odors. Our trained Fire & Smoke Damage Restoration Technicians (FSRT) can resolve these issues. When smoke and water damage are dealt with appropriately, the structure will not show any aftereffects. "Like it never even happened."
A fire loss within your enterprise, whether a retail store, rental apartment building, professional office or a warehouse, costs you customer goodwill and loss of profitability when a business cannot be conducted. We can generate a corporate program called the Contents Claim Inventory Service (CCIS.) This report will categorize all affected materials, furniture and equipment, stock, electronics, and documents. We suggest what is salvageable, non-salvageable, or questionable. The final decision rests with you and your insurance company as to how we proceed. SERVPRO is a preferred commercial fire damage restoration company to more than 300 insurance companies, federal and municipal entities, and property management companies. We willingly coordinate efforts with your insurance adjuster to efficiently and economically restore your business in the best manner possible.
When to Make the Call
After you have dealt with commercial fire damage, you may ask yourself when do you need to make the call to a professional for assistance. The time to contact SERVPRO as soon as the fire is out.
We are faster to any disaster and ready to put our expertise to work for you!
When the winds blow, SERVPRO is here for you
Winter often brings some of the worst storms! Are you and your business ready? SERVPRO is here to help you should disaster strike...including winter storms!
Winter storms can be accompanied by strong winds that can cause severe wind damage including, roof damage and felling trees. Ensure that your storm damage expert can handle wind damage situations. They should be in a position to offer roof damage solutions and reinforce your buildings against the effects of wind damage in the future. Home restoration for wind damage is easier with a resourceful storm restoration expert.
Winter storms can leave residential and commercial buildings with severe ice damage and flooding from ice dams. A more severe scenario is having frozen pipes, which could mean that you will not have water. You could also get an ice dam forming on your roof, and it will prevent water from draining from your roof. The water that stagnates behind the dam can lead to a roof leak at first but get worse with time if you do not get the ice dam thawed. Only a storm remediation. expert can carry out roof repair to get rid of the ice dam. Frozen pipes because of ice damage can block all your pipes, leading to flooding because of a roof leak.
You can prevent ice damming! Make sure to include plenty of ceiling insulation evenly to create a temperature exchanges between the underside of your roof and the inside of your rooms. This will ensure even melting of the ice preventing frozen pipes, a roof leak, which manifest as water stains on your ceilings. A storm remediation. expert can undertake the roof repair if ice damming catches you unawares. The roof repair needs to be handled immediately to avoid structural damage.
So if a storm causes a disaster for your home or business, give us a call! We are faster to any disaster and are here to help make things "Like it never even happened."
When water attacks, SERVPRO is here for you
SERVPRO has helped many people to clean out the mud and debris a flood can push into a home.
Our crew are experts at knowing what needs to be done first to restore your home back to livable.
Removal of the mud is most important to make a safe place to walk and work. Checking all baseboards in every room and sheet rock to see how much the water penetrated them and then to dry it all out.
If you have any kind of fire, water or mold damage, call SERVPRO of Kosciusko and Noble counties and let us come in and make things "Like it never even happened." We are faster to any disasters and are ready and waiting to put our expertise to work for you!
Ask the experts: How long will it take to dry?
We often receive the question "How long is it going to take to dry?" Depending on the severity, depth of water and size of the saturated spaces... it could take anywhere from a day to a full week.
Our technicians are highly trained in mold remediation, water mitigation, fire restoration, bio hazard clean up and we also offer remodeling and reconstruction. They know how many fans and dehumidifiers to place per square foot for optimal drying time. If any cuts have to be made, they are sure to make them so that it is easy for a contractor to come in and build back what was removed or damaged.
Call SERVPRO today if disaster strikes your home or business! We are faster to any disaster and would love to take our expertise and put it to work for you!
Ask The Experts: The DO & DO NOT'S of Fire Damage
Once the fire department leaves, your home may suffer from water damage caused by firefighting efforts. We have the specialized fire and water damage restoration training, personnel, and equipment to handle fire and water damage and can quickly restore your home to pre-fire conditions. Below are some tips to protect you and your home after a fire.
- Limit movement in your home to prevent soot particles from being embedded into upholstery and carpets.
- Keep your hands clean. Hands covered in soot can further damage upholstery, walls, and woodwork.
- Place dry, colorfast towels or old linens on rugs, upholstery and carpeted areas.
- If electricity is off, empty your freezer and refrigerator completely and prop doors open to help prevent odor.
- Wipe soot off of chrome on kitchen and bathroom faucets, trim and appliances, then protect these surfaces with a light coating of lubricant.
- If heat is off during winter, pour RV antifreeze in sinks, toilet bowls, holding tanks and tubs to avoid freezing pipes and fixtures.
- Wash both sides of leaves on houseplants.
- Change HVAC filter, but leave the system off until a trained professional can check the system.
- Tape double layers of cheesecloth over air registers to stop soot particles from getting in or out of the HVAC system.
- Don't attempt to wash any walls or painted surfaces without first contacting SERVPRO of Tupelo.
- Don't attempt to clean any electrical appliances that may have been close to fire, heat or water.
- Don't attempt to shampoo carpet or upholstered furniture.
- Don't eat any food or beverages that may have been stored close to fire, heat, or water.
- Don't turn on ceiling fixtures if the ceiling is wet. The wiring may be damaged or wet and can cause electric shock, and air movement can create secondary damage.
- Don't send garments to an ordinary dry cleaner. Improper cleaning may set a smoke odor.
If disaster does strike, give SERVPRO a call! We are faster to any disaster and ready to make things "Like it never even happened."