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7 Causes Of Commercial Water Damage And How SERVPRO Can Help
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The restoration professionals at SERVPRO know the severity that water damage can cause in the workplace. A water loss can force a business to close, and depending on the severity, it can cause a revenue loss due to the business having to close. If a water damage loss is not properly mitigated, it can also place risk on the health and safety of your employees and customers.
Immediate action is necessary once water damage is spotted!
SERVPRO of North Fulton has seen it all when it comes to water damage losses. We find that commercial water damage restoration is typically more complex than residential water damage restoration due to its intensive approach.
5 Things To Consider For Commercial Water Losses
- The size and structure of commercial buildings
- The extent of damage
- The varying uses of space
- The number of occupants
- The project timeline
There are seven typical causes of water damages that the professionals at SERVPRO have mitigated. We understand that some water damage issues are inevitable, but they can be preventable, depending on the cause.
What Are The Causes Of Commercial Water Damage?
7 typical causes of commercial water damage:
1) Damaged Windows
If your commercial building has damaged windows that have either been poorly sealed or have cracks in them, moisture may seep in. Moisture to a window seal can cause mold build-up and the wood to the window framing to warp. During a severe storm, a large amount of water may enter the business. It is essential to have your windows and windows seals often checked to prevent water damage from a damaged window. It may be a good idea to hire a local contractor to reseal any windows where the caulking has broken down.
2) Damaged Piping
As the weather changes, the SERVPRO team gets more calls about bursting pipes. Weather can cause pipes to have pressure changes and possibly even freeze. If you notice any bulging drywall, water stains on walls or floors, loose tiles, or a musty smell, your property may have damaged pipes. SERVPRO will use an infrared camera and moisture meters to see if there is any damage to your commercial building's plumbing.
3) Foundation Leaks
A foundation leak is a common cause of poor water irrigation. In most cases, your local landscaping company can come out and make sure that the water is flowing correctly when heavy rainfall occurs. You need to call a reputable company to ensure that the water leak has stopped to the damaged foundation. In severe cases, a foundation leak can go unnoticed for months, causing a huge mold issue.
4) Leaking Roofs
We have found that a damaged roof can be a big problem when exposed to heavy rains and snowfall. It is best to have a commercial roof inspected at least once a year to prevent further damage.
5) HVAC Leaks
Just like all appliances, a commercial HVAC system has a lifespan. Over time, an HVAC system can wear and cause water leaks. We get HVAC leak calls here at SERVPRO of North Fulton often. To prevent damages, SERVPRO offers duct cleaning to ensure that the HVAC system is functioning correctly.
6) Sewage System Clogs
A clear indicator that your sewer system has a clog is through gurgling sounds or water backing up out of a drain or toilet. If you believe that your commercial property has a plumbing problem, it is best to call a plumber to come out and take a look to prevent further damages from occurring. If there is a sewage backup, then you should call a certified water damage restoration company immediately.
7) Sprinkler Systems
Sprinkler systems are great for preventing fire damage. Here in Atlanta, we get calls often after a sprinkler system goes off due to a false alarm. The water inside a sprinkler system typically has sat for years, making these types of water damages very messy. It is essential to inspect your sprinkler systems for leaks and moisture regularly to ensure that it is functioning correctly.
SERVPRO Free ERP
SERVPRO offers a free Emergency Ready Profile for commercial and residential property owners. The goal behind an ERP is to prevent commercial water damage and to have a plan ready when water damage occurs. Having a plan in place can save time and money.
Commercial Water Damage Restoration
Commercial water damage restoration needs to be handled by certified IICRC professionals. We have encountered many mold projects that have resulted from poor water restoration. To save time and money, it is always best to contact a reputable water restoration company like SERVPRO. SERVPRO of North Fulton is available 24/7 365 days a year for all emergency services.
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3 Essential Things To Consider Before Rebuilding After Commercial Fire Damage Restoration
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Commercial fire damage can leave a Sandy Springs property destroyed. In this post, you are going to learn what is necessary after a fire loss has occurred.
When your business or commercial property is damaged by fire, the immediate concern needs to be temporary protection and safety precautions.
For example, let us say an apartment complex had recently undergone a fire loss that had caused fire damage to the commercial roof and windows. In order to prevent further damages, the roof needs to be covered with roof tarps, and the windows and doors need to be boarded. Limiting exposure to the outdoor environment is critical; it will not keep your belongings safe from the outdoor environment, but it will also keep your belongings safe from any theft.
After any fire occurs, use caution before entering the commercial property. When walking the damaged property, check for broken power lines, gas leaks, and structural damage. If there is wet electrical equipment from the sprinkler system or the Sandy Springs Fire Department, contact an electrician.
Three critical steps business and commercial property owners should take during a fire loss:
- Protection From Contractor Fraud
Make sure that you only hire licensed contractors to do repairs on your commercial property. If you are not certain, you can double-check with your property manager to ensure the contractor is licensed. Keep in mind that if a contractor requests you to pull any permits, then the contractor is most likely not properly licensed.
- Photographs All Damage
Taking photographs of the pre mitigation fire condition of your commercial property will provide proof of damage for insurance. To keep deliberate records, we recommend that you take photos immediately after the damage and before repair work begins.
If you do not have any damages to your property, then it would be an excellent time to take a complete set of photographs of your commercial property in its current condition. These images will serve as "before" pictures so that insurance is aware of what the property looked like before any damages occurred. Having both sets of photographs will help with the fire damage claim.
- Assess The Damage And Contact Your Property Manager
After a thorough walkthrough and assessing the fire damage to your commercial property, contact your property manager for information on the required building permits. Permits are required for any demolition or permanent repairs, reconstruction, roofing, filling, and other types of site development.
The professionals at SERVPRO of North Fulton will simplify the commercial property restoration process by handling both the damage mitigation and rebuild of the affected areas.
We believe in having one qualified company for the entire fire damage restoration process. Using one company will save you time and keep your costs low. SERVPRO offers a full range of restoration services that will get you back in business and bring your building and property back to full use.
We are here to help!
The team at SERVPRO North Fulton has specialized fire damage restoration training from the IICRC and experience to quickly clean up and restore your commercial building or property "Like it never even happened."
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Commercial Water Damages As A Result Of Toilet Overflow: What To Do And What Not To Do
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Toilet overflow is something that nobody intends to consider, and that the majority of us do not. It's much more than a minor inconvenience when it takes place from either an effective pipeline or a stuck toy, especially when the damages are on an upper floor and filled with contaminated category 2 or 3 water.
When facing water damages from toilet overflow, you are required to ensure that you take the appropriate actions to prevent further destruction to your property and health and wellness of your staff and residents.
How Toilet Overflow Can Damage Your Commercial Property?
Depending upon the layout as well as the location of the washroom within your residence, water from an overflowing toilet can permeate into or completely damage:
- Electrical wiring
- Ceilings of lower level rooms
- Shower tiling
- Door trims
- Any type of uninsulated areas, like below cabinets
How Is Water Damage is Assessed?
As soon as you call an expert water restoration company such as SERVPRO to look at the affected area, they will evaluate the damages based upon the quality of the water and the class of the loss.
There are 3 categories of water quality:
Category 1, also known as clean water, is sanitary water that does not present a threat to health; this generally originates from a busted water supply line.
Category 2, also known as greywater, is water that has been contaminated to some extent and can cause illness.
Category 3 (" black water") is the most harmful and consists of raw sewage, fungus, bacteria, as well as various other microbes that can trigger extreme health issues.
On top of that, there are four classes of water loss, depending on the magnitude of damages:
Class 1 water damage is when only low-porosity and also low-permeability materials in the area are impacted. Including materials like linoleum, wood floorings as well as fixtures, and floor tile.
Class 2 water damage is when the water has impacted the entire room/area of your property; consisting of structures and up to 2 feet of water infiltration up any wall surfaces.
Class 3 water damage is when essentially all of the areas have been saturated with the overflowing water. Ceilings, insulation, structures, furnishings, cushions, carpets, and much more, are impacted.
Class 4 water damage is when low-porosity, low-permeability materials like concrete, stone, and also hardwood are saturated. Considering that the water can get caught in hard-to-reach pockets, they vaporize much more slowly as well as call for unique strategies to completely dry.
DO's and DON'TS of Handling Toilet Overflow
DO get in touch with an expert company as well as your insurance provider immediately.
Even if you're insured for water damage, several insurance companies include a mitigation clause that requires you to prevent additional damage. If you do not promptly hire a professional to evaluate the problem, your insurance might decline your coverage. SERVPRO of North Fulton is readily available 24/7 to react to your needs, begin repair services, and instantly assist you with the insurance case process.
DO work with a trusted expert to rebuild the water-damaged areas of your property.
Even if you have experience in commercial construction, do not take care of the impacted areas on your own, especially if your property was constructed before 1980. property owners that attempt to demolish damaged drywall on construction before 1980 might be exposed to asbestos. Lastly, ensure that the business is IICRC certified as well as updated on training.
DO NOT attempt to clean up the flooding on your own.
Category 2, as well as 3 water, is dangerous for you and your loved ones' health and wellness. Furthermore, temporarily being exposed to the pathogens can result in illness. Contain the water if you can, however, ensure to steer clear of the affected area until professionals show up.
DO NOT assume that there are no damages due to the fact that it isn't immediately noticeable.
Considering that the full extent of the damages commonly isn't visible to the naked eye, many property owners think that there isn't any kind of damages and commonly fail to obtain professional aid before things get even worse. If your bathroom is on an upper level, this could lead to a collapse in the lower level ceiling.
DO NOT ventilate the area before help arrives. While it might help reduce odors and dry the area, it also spreads out any possible microorganisms throughout your property.
At SERVPRO of North Fulton, we understand how discouraging it can be to navigate the restoration process to your property after water damage. If you're a Sandy Springs property manager dealing with the impacts of toilet overflow or any other commercial flooding, we're here to provide you with the quick service you deserve.
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The Leading Causes of Fires in A 30068 Business | SERVPRO of North Fulton
Partnering With A Fire Damage Restoration Team Can Help Relieve The Stress That Fires Bring.
We have witnessed that many business owners have never-ending responsibilities. In our opinion, the most significant responsibility that a business owner has is safety factors regarding the potential risks to your business, staff, and visitors.
To help relieve the stress from further risks after a fire, the team at SERVPRO of North Fulton has a free service called an Emergency Ready Plan (ERP for short). An ERP will help the business owner know precisely what steps to take when fire damage occurs.
While creating your ERP plan, a certified SERVPRO professional will take a look around your property, and the best plan of action will be when your building structure undergoes a fire.
A SERVPRO ERP helps a business owner know what steps needed to take after a fire occurs. Planning for and working toward preventing fires will be the job of a local fire marshal and can take some time, but with a detailed plan in action, we can guarantee that you will be back to full operation quicker than if you didn't have a plan at all.
The Leading Causes of Commercial Structure Fires
According to a report published by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), the leading causes of commercial structure fires are:
- Cooking equipment, 29% of fires
- Electrical distribution and lighting equipment, 12% of fires
- Heating equipment, 11% of fires
- Intentional, 10% of fires
- Smoking materials, 9% of fires
- Exposure, 4% of fires
- Electronic, office or entertainment equipment, 3% of fires
How To Further Protect Your Business
The number one way to protect your business from a potential fire is to know the best fire prevention tips. When you and your staff are aware of prevention tips, the chance of a fire breaking out will reduce.
First, you must assess the fire hazard risk and know the places for a potential fire at your property. As we stated prior, you will want to get in contact with your local Fire marshal; they can offer advice and help identify the business risks, guiding your fire prevention plan.
Choosing the best fire protection equipment.
When you have the option to choose a commercial building that you want to do business in, you must make sure that they include an automatic sprinkler system, smoke detectors, and fire extinguishers on each floor.
Lastly, we want to emphasize sharing the plan with your employees. The employees of any business are the ones that are client-facing. With employees being aware of the fire prevention plan they can then communicate it effectively to the visitors in case of an emergency. The best way to train your staff is by conducting regular fire drills so that the fire safety protocol is fresh in everyone's mind. Aswell, provide quarterly meetings to review evacuation plans and routes and location of any medical aid kits.
Everyone needs to know what to do in the case of a fire. Despite best efforts with fire prevention and safety tips, the worst could always happen at your business. We are here to help when a fire disrupts your business. We offer immediate service and will treat your property as if it were our own.
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Is Your Commercial Property Affected by Mold from Water Damage?
At SERVPRO, we care about your health and well-being. Any size of water damage to a property is not a small matter. No matter the source whether a storm, leak, or natural disaster, water damage leaves a lasting impression on the areas it touches even long after it can appear to be cleaned up or dried out.
Water is excellent at finding its way into any and all possible places it can fit from the walls to the carpet to the foundation itself. If water is not properly cleaned up and dried out it can leave behind a foundation for other problems, and one, in particular, is black mold.
Controlling the amount of moisture throughout your property includes keeping areas dry and not letting moisture sit for long amounts of time. Clean up spills on the floor, clean out your gutters, and keep air conditioning drip pans clean. If there are generally more moist areas in your property than others, you can also use things such as a dehumidifier to remove the moisture from the air effectively. A large cause of mold in the first place is not properly repairing, cleaning, and drying out space after water gets into it. This can include things such as plumbing or roofing leaks. Just because the leak has been stopped doesn’t mean that water hasn’t gotten in and has pooled somewhere. It is best after any water damage to have an IICRC trained professional come and inspect and properly clean out your home to ensure no mold can develop and spread.
Give SERVPRO of North Fulton a call at (770) 992-2777 for any water damage or mold inspections to keep your home or business safe. If water has unfortunately made it into your property, let the professionals, like the experts here at SERVPRO help you.
How To Know When A Commercial Mold Job Has Been Completed
At SERVPRO of North Fulton, mold cleaning is a service that we take seriously because if not performed correctly the mold can spread rapidly to non-affected areas. We have important steps and precautions that we take into consideration when working on a mold remediation job. Our IICRC trained staff knows that it is important to contain the affected area with containment. The reason that we use containment barriers is so that the mold spores are not spreading throughout other areas of the home or business. After the affected area is contained, we then know that we can perform the mold-cleaning job.
Our SERVPRO professionals will:
Remove all water damage/mold-infested materials.
Remove and replace the affected drywall.
Clean and disinfect walls/carpets/ and other personal items.
Filter the contaminated air to remove any debris or spores.
The best way to know that a mold job has been completed to its fullest is through a post-mold remediation inspection. The first inspection that our SERVPRO professionals will perform is a visual inspection to see if any mold is still present. The next inspection test that will be conducted is moisture measurements. The human eye is not always able to see if moisture is present. Our team will use moisture meters and infrared cameras to detect whether there is any moisture hidden behind walls or under flooring. The last part of the inspection is not always conducted but important. For a homeowner to be one hundred percent positive, we will bring out one of our industrial hygienist vendors to take air samples. The industrial hygienist takes separate samples in different areas of the building because not all areas are impacted to the same degree. Once all three parts of the mold inspection (visual, moisture measurements, air samples) are performed will give you a report that tells you the mold remediation process has been completed.
Hidden Mold Damage to Structural Components and Interior Contents of Properties in Alpharetta
SERVPRO takes a mold infestation in your property or business seriously. As a darkness-loving microorganism, mold easily avoids detection by human eyes. This ability to quickly gain a strong foothold provides microbes more than enough time to cause damage inside an Alpharetta apartment complex. The areas affected might stay hidden until a tenant moves in or out. Or a rearranging of furniture.
Once a property manager in Alpharetta discovers mold damage, they should immediately start remediation to repair the situation. Beginning the repair work and other aspects of restoration as soon as possible helps to prevent several different problems from occurring or escalating. Keeping mold and spores contained through the use of temporary barrier walls, double-bagging, and quick disposal keeps them from spreading. Rendering them incapable of spreading protects people and any uncontaminated areas of your home.
When a project involves areas damaged by microbial activity, many contractors refuse to continue until after an expert remediation team removes the moldy materials. This is because not only can mold cause health effects but can also infest new materials. Completely removing any ruined materials protects people's health and your investment.
During storage in the warehouse, special measures ensure that your new building materials and supplies arrive safely and without any defects. The responsibility of preventing cross-contamination within your home now rests upon your shoulders. Our SERVPRO IICRC trained technicians are ready to help you protect your home and new materials from the hazards that microbes can introduce.
Rearranging furniture, even within a room, can reveal mold growing on walls behind furniture. Other locations that often suffer in the presence of mold include floors under large pieces of furniture and also around window frames. Many mold spores can easily collect underneath a bed or couch, while window frames collect spores from the air outside as it moves through tiny cracks.
Before placing furniture pieces in their newly intended spots, calling SERVPRO to clean up the mold can help remove the excess microbial population and give your apartment a fresh start. Doing so can help keep your residence free of excessive mold in the future and protect other tenants from future mold issues.
SERVPRO North Fulton can be contacted by calling our local number (770) 992-2777, 24-hours every day of the year. When you discover mold, call us to help prevent mold damage from spreading and growing to other areas of your property.
Can Water Damage in Your Apartment Affect Your Neighbors?
Apartments are convenient for many reasons, like cost, location, and in-building facilities. One factor that can be a benefit or a drawback is the relationship between neighbors of an apartment building. One apartment’s water damage can easily become water damage for surrounding neighbors. If you’ve experienced water damage of any kind in your apartment, for example:
• A burst pipe
• Overflowed toilet
• Cracks in bath causing flooding
• Large spills
• Dysfunctional appliances
It is possible that the water damage in your apartment could reach the apartment below or beside you. Being that water is heavy in large quantities, can break through the material when built up, and flows through all kinds of materials laterally, then it’s more than likely that the damage might reach another neighbor. Don’t feel bad; it’s a prevalent issue, and the physical properties of water cause it to spread quickly through floors. So, what do you do?
• Contact Your Property Manager
• Recommend SERVPRO as Your Commercial Water Restoration Specialist
• Alert Neighbors to Check for Water Damage
The property manager will repair the damage for both you and your neighbor. When SERVPRO of North Fulton arrives at the scene, they’ll finish the rest of the restoration process, which is a five-step process.
• Contact (This is what you and your property manager did in calling SERVPRO)
• Assessment (SERVPRO reviews the damage and creates a plan)
• Drying (Using their equipment, the drying process begins)
• Salvage (Any water-damaged material that isn’t ruined is now restored)
• Restoration (Ensuring the quality of every damaged content)
Does the Size of Property Change the Restoration Process?
The proper restoration process does not change based on The size of a property. The process can slide on a scale of necessary equipment and workforce but remains the same. For instance, if you had two floors of completely saturated flooring, one plan might be two individuals running each level with as many tools as needed in the assessment. While for homeowners, a restoration company with fewer capabilities could get the work done promptly, we must consider the smaller surface area of possible damage and the amount of equipment needed. However, commercial properties require a reputable restoration company that can handle any size disaster. The best bet for a commercial property in need of any type of restoration, whether its fire, water, mold, or storm damage, is a company that has an ample supply of equipment at hand. The volume of equipment and workforce that SERVPRO of North Fulton has allows quick response time and quick restore time. Our franchise can have an ample number of technicians, and tools can be at any location in a prompt time. In the past, SERVPRO has helped restore several commercial properties, including:
- Office buildings
- Retail stores
- Strip malls
- Apartment buildings
Don’t worry about the size of the damage, the tenements or individuals affected by the restoration process, or anything else that might prohibit the smooth running of the business. That will be little to no concern with SERVPRO, who knows efficiency and can create a flexible restoration plan that works around business operations, allowing you to keep running or to be back as quickly as possible.
The First Thing to Do When Your North Fulton Property is Damaged
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When damage occurs in a commercial property, the capacity for the spread of damage is much higher than in personal property. From surface area to multiple floors, there’s far more to consider when repairing a commercial property. The quantity of people using bathrooms, sinks, ovens, and other appliances raises the risk factor of accidental damage taking place. When it does occur, it can create a decent mound of stress for any property manager in charge of maintenance and restoration. Make sure to take the first, important steps:
1 Take pictures of everything. You’ll want to remember each part that needs to be fixed and make sure everything is returned to normal.
2 Ensure your restoration professional has the right equipment. In order for any restoration professional to cover a large surface area or multiple floors, depending on the structure of your commercial property, they’re going to need a large quantity of equipment and workforce. Equipment includes: Dehumidifiers (for restoring humidity), air movers (for drying quickly), truck-mounted vacuums (for drying surface water), and negative air machines (for trapping contaminated air).
3 Call the right restoration professional. SERVPRO of North Fulton is a large restoration company, with over 1,700 locations nationwide. They know what the standards are for a professional restoration job, and they have a large quantity of equipment and employees to bring their best effort to the table, regardless of the size of the project.
If you’re a property manager, unsure where to start with a little or big restoration job, call SERVPRO of North Fulton to take the weight off your shoulders. In just one call you can alert SERVPRO of the necessary procedures needed to take care of the damage in a time-efficient manner and return operations to normal. While businesses are not immune to any restoration needs, time is the most valuable consideration in commercial restoration projects. Your business will be returned to normal as soon as you call your local SERVPRO.
Sandy Springs Commercial Flood Damage Professionals
If your auto shop's crawlspace experiences regular flooding during rainstorms, SERVPRO can install a crawl space system to prevent future flooding.
SERVPRO Works to Remediate and Prevent Future Flood Damage
If a storm ever hits town, excessive rains and high-speed winds likely take place. It is a possibility that your Sandy Springs auto shop gets affected by the poor weather. If the storm is severe, then flooding likely occurs.
One of the first places water flows during a flood is into the crawl space of your business' building. SERVPRO's commercial flood damage experts in Sandy Springs use specialized equipment to remove water from crawl spaces. Many times tight spaces underneath your structure are hard to access and reach with drying equipment.
When water gets into a crawl space, the area often fills up with thick, muddy water. Submersible pumps are efficient at sucking up standing water but sometimes prove difficult when attempting to remove all of the moisture. Once extraction gets completed, structural drying takes place.
Many automobile repair businesses store extra supplies underneath the office portion of their shop. When water gets into the storage area of your company, it is essential that we dry the area so that contents do not get negatively affected. If there is convenient access to the area, air movers and dehumidifiers get set up to speed up drying of the floor joists. If the crawl space's access point is too small, then either a section of the sub-floor get removed, or hoses from hot air sources get fed into the tight dwelling.
Some mechanical shops have a problem with crawl spaces filling up with water every time it rains. If you notice water underneath your business every time a storm hits your town, then after we remediate the issue we can install a crawl space encapsulating system. The system contains a submersible pump located in a hole dug in a low spot of the crawl space. The rest of the area is covered with plastic so that the area is not affected by ground moisture and the wooden floor joists do not get affected by the moisture in the crawl space.
The crawl space system is one of the ways that we prevent future issues from happening. If your auto shop's crawlspace ever has an excessive moisture problem, call SERVPRO of North Fulton County at (770) 992-2777 for assistance 24 hours a day and 7 days a week.
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Controlling Odors Related to Flood Damage in a Sandy Springs Diner
The highly skilled technicians at SERVPRO can remove odors left behind by flood damage in your commercial space.
Rely on SERVPRO to Get Your Business Looking and Smelling Clean after Flood Damage
Flooding can happen so suddenly, giving business owners little time to prepare for the impact. Sandy Springs continues to gain more businesses, both large and small, creating constant construction and building activity in and around the area. This construction often includes new parking lots and the repaving of roads. These and other kinds of construction can mean rainfall drains in new and unexpected ways.
At times, the manner in which precipitation travels through Sandy Springs puts businesses at increased risk of flood damage. With less porous ground available to swallow up the rain because of substantial, impenetrable roadways and lots, the amount of water increases rapidly. When water accumulates in an area, flooding can occur suddenly. Not only does this cause damage from the water itself, but other problems quickly develop. These can remain after flooding recedes and mitigation work ensues.
Part of flood damage mitigation should include odor control. Floodwaters contain organic debris, including parasites, microscopic pathogens, and one-celled microbes. As these decay, they give off odors that can become highly disturbing. Not only must diner and restaurant owners deal with the flooding itself, and the restoration of their business, but the odors can impose an unnecessary hardship. However, SERVPRO employs IICRC-certified Odor Control Technicians (OCT) who can remedy these situations.
Once we complete the cleaning and restoration of your diner, including kitchen facilities and seating sections, we can eliminate the odor-causing particles left behind. Because floodwaters become absorbed by porous materials, hydroxyl machines help immensely in eliminating the odors that can detract from your patron's enjoyment. We know your staff works hard to provide an environment suitable for guests of all ages and backgrounds, but detestable odors can make all your efforts worthless.
Helping restore your business after flood damage means it must not only look clean, but it must also smell clean, too. Otherwise, your business risks losing customers, meaning a staggering decline in profits, and the ability to remain in business. At SERVPRO of North Fulton County, we are your neighbors, living locally and always ready to help. Call us at our round-the-clock number, (770) 992-2777, whenever your business suffers from flood damage.
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SERVPRO's ERP For Large Office Buildings MItigates Water Damage in Sandy Springs
The ERP Helps Many Sandy Spring Area Businesses Minimize Water Losses--Call SERVPRO for a Free Consultation
Many Institutions and Commercial Enterprises Rely on SERVPRO to Help Prevent and Mitigate Water Losses
For some damage restoration companies, conducting large-scale water damage repairs on office buildings in Sandy Springs can be very difficult. In the event of a sprinkler malfunction, upper floor flood, or other disasters, the vertical nature of many office spaces in the city can pose a significant challenge even for experienced restoration professionals like SERVPRO. However, with the help of the SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile system, you can make sure that your office receives the care and treatment it needs without sacrificing the slightest bit of lagtime from communication to execution. SERVPRO ERP?
The commercial Emergency READY Profile Program is a mobile app that allows locations like offices in Sandy Beach to report water damage and other disasters as soon as they happen and provide many details with no additional time or hassle. To use the system, just log on to the website or download our free app and create a profile for your business. Better yet, arrange an appointment for a consultation. If you own or manage multiple locations, you can create individual profiles for each one. Then, you can upload any documents that may be of use to us so that we can access them at will in the event of an emergency. This is a excellent manner of quickly getting critical information on larger buildings like high rises and office spaces to our technicians.
Benefits of Using the System
A profile in the Emergency READY Profile system allows you to operate your company with a higher degree of security, knowing that help for any disaster is only the press of a button away. Prevention is a large segment of the ERP, we help you identify hot-spots, and areas of concern. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Should water damage in any form happen to the building, you can alert SERVPRO and have our IICRC certified technicians sent out with only the push of a button. Furthermore, while procuring essential documents can sometimes be both difficult and time-consuming, we can reduce both the difficulty and time spent to zero, as any information we need is at our fingertips. If we need additional documents, we just let you know.
SERVPRO of North Fulton County has years of experience working in the local area and knows the ins and outs of water damage to larger office spaces. Call us 24/7 at (770) 992-2777.
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Commercial Water Removal Is Essential To Get Your Alpharetta Clothing Store Up And Running
Timing is critical when it comes to water removal from your clothing store.
Commercial Water Removal
Clothing stores and water damage don't go hand in hand. Not only do you lose business, but you also stand a chance of damaging your inventory if you don't act fast. Being prepared and seeking professional help for water removal is your best chance to minimize the damage to your Alpharetta store.
SERVPRO has helped millions of business owners to restore commercial water damage to their businesses. We have the expertise, the technical knowledge and the equipment to get your Alpharetta clothing store back on its feet in no time. We can not only help you restore any structural damage, but also protect and restore your inventory.
We understand that keeping the shutters of your shop closed can be expensive. We can get to work immediately after the first assessment and work with you to develop a plan that suits your needs.
A Multi-Step Approach
SERVPRO technicians use a multi-step plan for commercial water removal and restoration. Depending on the amount of water in the establishment, our technicians use hand-held pumps or call in our pump trucks for fast water removal. With these trucks, we can get rid of the water in no time.
The residual moisture is removed by using dehumidifying equipment and high-efficiency air movers. We also offer deodorizing services if the water damage has caused any odors to develop in your establishment.
Items such as furniture, display cases, and inventory can be cleaned and dried on site. If the damage is extensive, we also offer off-site restoration in our facilities. We have a crew of specialists that are trained to restore the most delicate and expensive items as well.
Timing is critical when it comes to water removal from your clothing store. Call SERVPRO of North Fulton County at (770) 992-2777 today to schedule an appointment. Talk to one of our experts and inform us about your situation as soon as you can. We are Faster To Any Size Disaster, no matter the size and severity.
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When Is a Store Pack-Out Necessary During Water Removal in Alpharetta?
SERVPRO understands the importance of getting your doors open again, so we work quickly to restore your business after water damage.
Thorough Water Removal Services
One of the most distressing parts of water damage to your Alpharetta store is the disruption it causes. As any business owner knows, even one unplanned closure might cause a loss of profit, because customers cannot come in and buy if you are not open. All it takes is one leaking appliance or damaged roof to cause costly damage to your business. SERVPRO understands the importance of getting back in business as soon as possible after water damage.
We always focus on the quickest and most efficient solution for water removal in Alpharetta. Sometimes a pack-out is the most efficient option. A pack-out means we remove inventory and business items from your store while our team carries out water removal at your premises.
We assess each situation on an individual basis to decide whether a pack-out is necessary. Sometimes removing items from the premises is the quickest way to remediate the situation and restore your business. In some cases, there is extensive water damage and working with existing stock and business furniture in situ is difficult. In those cases, it is better to clear the space so we can work more efficiently.
Another benefit of a pack-out is that we remove your items to one of our specialized storage and cleaning facilities. Our storage locations contain specialist cleaning equipment such as patented Esporta wash systems and ultrasonic cleaning. We also have access to freeze-drying facilities for the preservation and restoration of essential books and documents.
SERVPRO understands that it is daunting to hand over your stock and perhaps electronics, books, or office furniture, to a third party. That is why we take care of your items as if they were our own. We carefully log everything we remove, and our drivers use professional packing equipment to secure your possessions in our vans.
Once your facility is empty, we set to work removing water and drying out the premises. We use moisture probes to check for dampness inside carpets, under floors, within walls, and behind baseboards. Rest assured that we do not stop until your building is dry and ready for use once more.
For help with water removal in Johns Creek, Crabapple, Birmingham, Alpharetta and surrounding areas, call SERVPRO of North Fulton County at (770) 992-2777 today.
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Commercial Water Removal Services for a Water-Soaked Restaurant in Alpharetta
SERVPRO Removes Water From Restaurants in Alpharetta--Keeping the Doors Open and the Food Safe
SERVPRO Works Hard to Keep Your Eatery Open after Water Damage
Water damage in a restaurant can be devastating to the restaurant owner. Whether the cause is internal such as a ruptured pipe or external like a natural disaster, it is important to act quickly to save the restaurant and prevent loss of property. Depending on the extent of the damage, the owner may have to close the business if there has been structural devastation.
If water damage in your Alpharetta restaurant affects your business, you can count on SERVPRO for quick and efficient commercial water removal. Our IICRC-certified technicians are highly skilled in dealing with water damage emergencies in restaurants.
Drying the Structure
The idea is to get rid of excess water and return the restaurant to normal conditions. SERVPRO technicians use truck mount pumps, and portable submersible pumps to remove standing water over two inches high in the affected area. This step is useful to speed up the water removal process, considering that truck-mounts can extract thousands of gallons a day.
Drying occurs faster when the temperature in the room is between 70 and 90 degrees F since hot air tends to hold more moisture. In the absence of heat, our technicians use portable heaters. The drying process is rather technical. Overheating the structure on the first drying days can cause excess moisture in the air, leading to secondary damage. There is a balancing technique to expedite evaporation while not damaging porous materials like furniture and walls with a too rapid elimination of moisture.
It is also important to lower relative humidity during the water removal. The RH needs to be at a particular level to accelerate the drying process. To do this, we have to remove some of the moisture in the air. After the first day or so of drying, the relative humidity should be less than 40 percent.
Another significant factor to consider when drying is air movement. The air in a water-damaged restaurant is usually damp and humid, which slows evaporation. Our staff can blow the damp air out and replace it with warm, dry air to quicken drying. We can utilize lay flat ducting, which when expanded with air movers or air scrubbers acts as huge conduits to channel water vapor ladened air to the exterior.
Commercial water removal in a restaurant can be daunting. You need to ensure that your business meets acceptable industry standards. As a locally owned company, SERVPRO of North Fulton County can respond quickly to provide the necessary water removal services. Call us anytime - (770) 992-2777.
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Quickly Mitigating Commercial Flood Damage Keeps Residents Safe In Birmingham Nursing Facilities
Working quickly helps protect everyone associated with your facility from possible complications that flooding can cause.
Mitigating Commercial Flood Damage
An influx of water from a broken water main can cause panic among those who can flee the area, but the elderly are not as capable of doing the same. Bedridden patients are most likely the least likely to try to leave the facility, but those patients who can walk may not realize the dangers that a water main break can cause. In the chaos that such water can cause, nursing staff and doctors can expect to have a multitude of problems on their hands, with both patients and flooded areas.
Nursing homes and hospice care centers in Birmingham are relied on by patients and their families to provide excellent care, but commercial flood damage can threaten not just their safety but also normal daily operations long after the water has been cleaned up. SERVPRO knows that your facility is more than just a place of employment for your employees, but that it is also home to your patients. Any disaster can greatly interfere with the peace and quiet that your resident patients expect.
Because of their expectations and needs, as well as your own, we can work quickly and efficiently to minimize disruptions. Working this way helps protect everyone associated with your facility from possible complications that flooding can cause.
After the water has been removed, we can begin working on the restoration and cleaning processes that are needed to bring your facility back up to par. If you find that your patients are uncomfortable because of our equipment, we can work with you to find a solution that provides relief to them but is still sufficient in bringing your facility back to a dry condition. Large air movers, dehumidifiers, heaters, and air scrubbers can create noise but must be left running until normal moisture levels are achieved.
Because we do not want patients to move to other areas unnecessarily, we can use items that are safe to be around. These can include hydroxyl-producing machines instead of ozone machines. Hydroxyl-producing machines are safe around people, plants, and wet carpeting, unlike their ozone-producing equivalents. Also, when we apply mold inhibitors to walls and other porous or semi-porous surfaces, we always use safe salt-based treatments that, after drying, pose no risk to anyone.
When you have water problems that result in commercial flood damage in your facility, SERVPRO of North Fulton County wants you to know that we have family in the area, also. We want to assist you in the continuation of providing services to your patients. Call us at (770) 992-2777 for any emergency that threatens your facility's safety and ability to operate normally.
Fast Fire Damage Odor Remediation Allows Roswell Hotel To Remain Open
Odors carried by smoke cannot simply be covered up with air fresheners.
Your quick-thinking staff extinguishes a fire before structures sustain damage, yet smoke odor issues threaten to ruin your guests’ lodging experience. Avoid a long-term closure of your hotel by teaming with SERVPRO to remediate the odor and remove the smoke evidence even a brief fire can cause.
The on-site laundry facilities flirt with potential fire damage daily at your Roswell hotel. Piles of dirty linens near cleaning solutions and oily or greasy rags put your business at risk of a spark that smolders or bursts into flame. If your staff is vigilant and discovers the problem before fire engulfs the laundry room, damaging smoke, and irritating odors, still move throughout common areas and guest accommodations. Our trained and certified technicians know exactly how to remediate smoke damage quickly, without requiring a total closure of your business and the bad press that follows.
Avoid the temptation to have your housekeeping employees manage the smoke residue left by the fire damage. No matter how skilled your crew is when cleaning up regular guest messes the grime, dirt, and smell of a laundry room fire responds best to the techniques of SERVPRO’s smoke removal experts. Odors carried by smoke cannot simply be covered up with air fresheners. SERVPRO has staff who specialize in fire damage, ready to deodorize smoky smells.
Your guests deserve and expect to have healthy, clean smelling air at all times. Our deodorization methods use a variety of techniques matched to the way the odor infiltrated guest rooms, lobbies, and hallways. The SERVPRO team dispatched to your property assesses each area affected by malodors and determines how best to eliminate the smell. We identify the sources of smoky smells and dispose of burned linens and ash or other debris floating throughout the building. Once no obvious sources of the smell remain, we use a chemical fogger to recreate the “fog” of smoke that caused the smell. This technique deactivates the smell of the microscopic particles in the air, removing this final odor source. In some cases, an ozone machine also helps with residual odors. Chemical foggers and ozone machines must be applied or operated only by certified technicians such as our staff. These options swiftly clear the air without one canceled reservation.
Go online and ask “which commercial smoke odor remediation service is near me” and SERVPRO of North Fulton County tops the list. Call (770) 992-2777 for an immediate inspection of your hotel’s smoke damage.
Commercial Mold Damage Affecting Alpharetta
Moldy Bread and Restaurants in Alpharetta Require SERVPRO Remediation
Restaurants and Businesses Can Benefit from a SERVPRO Mold Remediation Service
Every day you go into work, preparing food in your kitchen and servicing customers. As a small restaurant owner, you take great pride in providing your patrons with a quality experience that they can't get anywhere else. A true nightmare for you and your business would be something causing you to close down for any length of time. So, proper maintenance is vital to maintaining a clean, safe, environment for your customers to enjoy. Making sure that your appliances, pots, pans, and dishes receive the proper maintenance is essential. But let's not lose track of properly maintaining your plumbing or other heavy moisture areas, where mold could easily develop, under the right conditions.
Keeping the doors open to your restaurant in Alpharetta and offering you the mold remediation services you require is a job we take very seriously. We are locally owned, open 24 hours a day, seven days a week and have access to the proper resources to provide you with quality services to adequately mediate any mold problems that exist in your business. We can quickly restore your kitchen, washroom or storeroom to a quality pre-damage condition, "Like it never even happened." Our staff is qualified to help you fill out any insurance claim paperwork and even teaches you how to avoid these sort of events from happening in the future. Place a call to us today and put our services to the test, you will not be disappointed.
Not sure if you're experiencing a mold infestation? They usually begin with a musty, damp smell that develops in a small area. By the time you can see the signs it has already reached a point that professional chemicals and equipment, like those offered at SERVPRO, are necessary to get your mold problem under control. Ask us about a complimentary mold inspection; though we suggest you get a third party company for a thorough investigation. Microscopic spores exist almost everywhere within our environment. If the right conditions are met, such as a dark, wet area, it can spread out of control and enter areas we don't want it to be. If there is enough water to maintain a wet area over a prolonged period, it is almost a guarantee that mold has begun growing already.
SERVPRO technicians respond quickly and work fast to mitigate secondary damages from developing. It takes as little as 48 hours for mold to start spreading after exposure to water. Mold spores grow into colonies and produce allergens and irritants. We use specialized equipment to contain, filter and remove mold infested materials from your place of business.
SERVPRO also offers content restoration for all of your inventory and equipment We will pre-test the materials to determine which items are viable for recovery. Then we utilize various cleaning methods to return them to a quality pre-damage condition. Specific protocols are followed to ensure that there is no cross-contamination from the mold remediation service.
Contact SERVPRO of North Fulton County today for all of your mold damage restoration needs. (770) 992-2777
How to Save a Basement Stockroom from Commercial Water Damage in Newtown
Minimize Loss in a Commercial Business in Newtown with Fast Water Extraction
SERVPRO Works Fast to Extract Water from Your Business
Some business owners believe that, once flooding strikes, there’s nothing much that you can do to save damaged property and possessions. Fortunately, however, this is not the case. If you respond quickly and seek help as soon as you spot the problem, SERVPRO can take steps to minimize the destruction.
Speed is vital, particularly for smaller businesses like local stores, pharmacies, and homeware outlets outside of the big cities – businesses that don’t have huge profit margins and can be easily devastated by internal flooding. For Newton basement stockrooms, commercial water damage can be a hard task to rectify. Lots of stores keep their surplus products below ground level and if the area gets wet, so does the stock.
This guide to dealing with a stockroom flood can give you some advice on how to respond, what to do, and whom to call.
The quicker you respond, the more chance that we’ll have to save your products. So, before you start trying to identify the source of the water damage (if it is not obvious), get in touch with the experts at SERVPRO. Our technicians are highly skilled and trained in the art of leak detection. They have access to sophisticated moisture readers and pinpoint the source of flooding in minutes.
Calling for Help
Plus, we are a local company so that we can get out to your location fast. It is safer, if the flooding is high, you wait outside the building until the team arrives. However, we understand that you may want to start moving stock items out of the water damaged basement. You must only do this if you are confident that the stockroom is free of structural and electrical hazards. If wiring has been compromised, please allow the SERVPRO team to neutralize the danger before entering.
Saving the Stock
Even in small stores, a basement stockroom can be worth thousands of dollars. Flooding puts a huge hole in profits, so it is our job to save as many items as possible. The success of this process will depend on the nature of your stock, the severity of the damage, and how it was packaged and secured. It boxes were lifted off the ground, for example, they have a good chance of making it out unscathed (if a little damp).
Drying the Basement
Once the basement has been entirely cleared of items and furniture (you can then start your inventory), we will set up industrial grade pumps to eliminate the water. The first stage is pumping the large amounts of standing water back out. Only after it is gone will we be able to assess its impact on the foundation. Basements which have been specially lined and built with water damage resistance in mind are designed to contain the liquid so that it does not seep into foundations. In the future, it is worth investing in a sump pump for subterranean spaces to mitigate the accumulation of unwanted water and moisture.
This is just a basic guide to the way in which a water damage restoration team would approach a stockroom flood. SERVPRO of North Fulton County has access to a whole range of industrial pumping and drying machines. We can also bring in high-powered fans to direct clean, fresh air into the building and eradicate odors. Call us 24/7 at (770) 992-2777.
Alpharetta Commercial Fire Damage Information
Call SERVPRO When the Fire Trucks Are Gone to Get Your Business Back in Business
SERVPRO Can Restore an Alpharetta Business After Fire Damage Has Closed the Doors
When Alpharetta fire damage strikes your commercial property, you need to know what steps must be taken to mitigate the disaster from destroying your office and business. Learn more about the negative impact of fires and why a fire damage restoration company like SERVPRO can accomplish the difficult tasks to restore your business property.
The impact of the fire damage can render your office or retail space inoperable until a fire damage restoration team from SERVPRO can deal with some of the following problems.
• Standing water--the first responders probably left accumulate volumes of water that must be removed as quickly as possible. Powerful water pumps, sump pumps, and portable and rideable wet vacs can be used by skilled technicians.
• Moisture--the follow-up to water removal is more refined in the detection and elimination of moisture and condensation in hidden voids and visible areas of the business structure. Air movers and dehumidifiers do the job. The drying process helps deter mold proliferation and damage to inventory.
• Smoke damage--incomplete combustion depending on the type of fuel burnt, the heat of the flames, the length of the event, and extinguishing source will dictate its severity. The smoke can circulate through the HVAC system, so that must be disengaged promptly.
• Soot damage--oily residue that sets on hard surfaces like desks, flooring, filing cabinets, walls, ceilings, and electronics. Special sponges, tools, and cleaning agents are required for major wipe down. The step lessens the need for discarding materials like drywall or drop-ceilings.
• Corrosive gasses-- another reason why clean up is essential
• Nitrogen • Hydrocarbons • Sulfur ---by-products of combustion can cause some of the following conditions and fire-damage:
• Within seconds, metal and steel surfaces can begin to discolor.
• Within minutes, marble, plastics, and small appliances can discolor.
• Within hours, coated steel, chrome plumbing fixtures, brass, grout, fiberglass, hardwood, and upholstered furniture can discolor.
• Within days, vinyl floors, ceilings, clothing, and painted walls can discolor.
• Within weeks, crystal and china can etch and pit.
Unfortunately, fire damage can start to deteriorate your property with shocking speed.
What Can A Fire Damage Restoration Company Do?
We begin with a thorough property assessment that enables us to determine the nature and scope of the damages. Since we have working relationships with over 315 insurance companies, property management companies, and govt agencies, chances are we can work toward a mutual and rapid solution. We will then move forward with the cleanup, drying, and repair and restoration services.
• Content restoration--critical to your business. Stock, merchandise, office furniture and such can be cleaned on-site or packed and sent to our facilities for cleaning and restoration. For sensitive electronic devices, we can call in a third party to assist. Our IICRC certified technicians engage in industry standards for clean ups.
• Sanitation--application of antifungal, anti-bacterial, and cleaning products
• Deodorization--after odor removal
• odor removal--using foggers and industrial air scrubbers, air duct cleaning
• Smoke removal--special tools, equipment, and techniques are used.
• Air duct cleaning • vent cleaning
Call SERVPRO For Fire Damage Restoration Services
With 57 years franchise wide experience, SERVPRO has become the industry leader because of our commitment to offering detail-oriented, client-centered services that get results. Our IICRC-certified professionals utilize contemporary technology and advanced methodologies to restore your Alpharetta fire damaged property quickly. We also offer 24/7 emergency services. Our aim is to expediently, efficiently, and safely allow you to re-open your doors for business so that you may get back to business.
Commercial Restoration Presents Unique Challenges
SERVPRO of North Fulton County has the training, experience, and equipment to handle large and small commercial fire damage emergencies. Whether your fire emergency occurs in a restaurant, small shop, motel, or office building, we will respond quickly to mitigate the damage, whether in Alpharetta, Johns Creek or Roswell, and manage the restoration project through to its completion. Learn more about SERVPRO of North Fulton County training and certifications. Call us 24/7 for help. (770) 992-2777
Roswell Commercial Water Damage: What to Do
Water damage can happen in any building.
Commercial Water Damage: What to Do
Water damage can happen in any building. However, commercial property tends to sustain greater damage because they are often empty at night, during holidays, and on weekends. Plus Roswell water damage can occur and do damage to parts of commercial structures that are not used often. If your commercial structure has sustained water
damage and you do not want it to lead to bigger problems, you should call the professionals at SERVPRO. We have the equipment, staff, and experience to quickly identify the source of the problem and repair the damage.
Preventing Water Damage to Commercial Properties
Preventing Roswell water damage to commercial property requires diligence, proper planning, and being proactive. Small leaks left unaddressed can lead to serious damage, invite mold, and lead to health problems. People who own commercial structures should have systems in place to perform regular maintenance to appliances, equipment, plumbing, roofs, and gutters. Prompt action should be taken when a problem is identified. Making time to remove debris from roofs, fix small leaks, and inspect areas that are prone to water damage can prevent serious and expensive repairs to your property.
What to Do If You Have Water Damage
Quick, effective action is the key to containing and stopping water damage. At the first sign of Roswell water damage, call in the professionals at SERVPRO. We know exactly what to do to address the problem, limit your losses, and protect your valuable equipment, inventory, and documents. We can quickly stop the water intrusion, clean up the damage, and restore your property. Water emergencies can happen at any time. Putting a plan in place which includes contact numbers for reputable, experienced, water damage repair companies and your insurance company can make a dramatic difference.
Choose a Water Restoration Company Carefully
A good water restoration company should be available 24/7, have the appropriate equipment, training, certification, and experience, be able to provide an accurate estimate for the cost of the work prior to beginning their cleanup, do high-quality work, and have the ability to help you get your business back up and running fast. At SERVEPRO we do all those things and more. We are water damage cleanup experts with the experience to get the job done right. We have been providing the highest quality cleanup and restoration services for commercial property for many years. Call us today with any questions you may have or to schedule our service.
Commercial Building Restoration Services
SERVPRO of North Fulton County is available 24 hours a day to restore your Alpharetta property and get you back to business. We have the expertise, equipment, and highly trained personnel to handle your commercial water, fire, or mold damage. We can also access the resources of our national network of 1,650 Franchises to handle large commercial projects and major storm events. Learn more about our commercial restoration services: