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Preventing Mold in Commercial Properties
Commercial properties like schools should take precautionary measures to ensure any water damage incidents do not lead to mold growth
Mold growth in your commercial property can lead to structural damage to the property itself and health concerns for those exposed to it. There are many factors that can lead to mold growth as well as steps that can be taken as preventative measures. This article will cover both to keep you, the business manager or owner, better informed and prepared to handle a mold situation.
How Mold Can Spread in Commercial Properties
Mold thrives in damp, dark places. So you can find mold just about anywhere that moisture lingers in the air. Mold spores can cling to and grow on a variety of building surfaces including stone, brick, wood, drywall, and metal.
Here are three factors that contribute to the formation and spreading of commercial mold.
1. Moisture Due to Humid Conditions
When outside temperatures fall during the fall and winter seasons, mold often begins to form indoors where the air is warmer and more humid.
You can sometimes see condensation forming on the interior of glass windows and skylights. If this moisture drips down the walls and manages to penetrate into seams and cracks in the walls, it is very likely that mold will begin to grow.
2. Water Leaks From Roof and Plumbing
One of the biggest causes of mold infestations is leaks in the roof or leaky pipes in the walls. These leaks often go undetected for months or even years, allowing massive colonies of mold to fill the spaces in attics and inside walls and ceilings.
This water damage combined with mold can cause tens of thousands of dollars in damage, and it often will require entire facilities to be shut down for mold restoration and remodeling.
3. Condensation forming in an HVAC system
Other troublesome spots where mold forms in commercial buildings are the heating, ventilation, and cooling (HVAC) system. Due to the heating and cooling of the metal ducts and vents, condensation often forms on these surfaces that are hidden away from view. These dark, damp places become a breeding ground for various types of mold.
And the worst part is that the ventilation system then blows mold spores throughout the entire building. Those spores can lie dormant for a very long time. But once they come in contact with moisture, they can begin to grow and spread.
How to Prevent the Spread of Mold in Commercial Properties
Preventing the spread of mold should be a high priority for commercial property managers. Whenever mold or water leaks are discovered, swift action must be taken to prevent further growth and damage. Here are three strategies that need to be implemented consistently.
1. Inspect Moisture-Prone Areas Regularly
As noted above, the HVAC system needs to be routinely inspected for mold and moisture, particularly the evaporator coils and drain pans and pipes. Surfaces should be inspected, cleaned and disinfected once a year or more if necessary.
Roof tiles should also receive a professional inspection annually, and attic spaces should be checked for water damage too.
All kitchen and bath areas should be checked, including in the backs of cabinets and vanities, as mold thrives in dark spaces. And again, all surfaces should be cleaned regularly.
2. Clean and Disinfect All Surfaces Frequently
Routine cleaning cannot be emphasized enough. Not only should areas when mold and moisture are spotted be cleaned thoroughly, but all floors, walls and counter spaces should be disinfected regularly to kill spores that lie dormant.
3. Use Dehumidifiers to Reduce Moisture in the Air
Lastly, some commercial buildings that have routinely humid conditions might benefit from the use of dehumidifiers placed throughout the building or in conjunction with the HVAC system. These remove excess moisture from the air and make it difficult for mold spores to grow.
Fighting commercial mold can be a challenge for business owners and commercial property managers, but by knowing what to look for - and by engaging in consistent and thorough cleaning practices - mold can be kept in check to provide a safe environment for everyone.
Preventing Mold in Your Maintenance Closet
Maintenance closets are one of the most common places where mold growth is found in commercial properties.
Lack of Air Circulation
Closets, in general, are a very common hiding place for mold. This is due to the fact that there is usually an absence of ventilation in closets. When you open a closet and then close it shut moist air can easily become trapped within. The moisture will usually lead to condensation on the wall without the chance of evaporation. This provides an excellent environment for mold to thrive in.
How to Prevent
The simplest task you can perform is to routinely check the walls in the closet for condensation. This can help you notice a moisture issue before it becomes a mold issue. However, the best way to prevent the problem is to create an avenue for air to circulate in and out of the closet. Installing air vents on the upper and lower areas of the closet door can help ensure better airflow and prevent moisture from being trapped
Leaking Water Heater
Many times, utility closets will share a space with a water heater. If the equipment has not been maintained, it is common for a leak to occur.
How to Prevent
Be sure to run routine checks on your water heater to make sure it is working efficiently for you and not causing a water damage situation in your closet which could lead to mold growth
Mop Buckets and Cleaning Supplies
Maintenance closets are usually deemed the perfect place for hiding mops, buckets, used towels, and other cleaning supplies. However, these items can lend to the moisture that gets trapped in your closet and leads to mold. This is especially true, for mop bucket spills!
How to Prevent
If possible, keep the items mentioned above away from your storage closet. If you must store them there, make sure that mop buckets are emptied and wiped dry. Mops should be squeezed of excess moisture and towels should only be returned to the closet if dry.
Clutter along the floor of your maintenance closet is the perfect opportunity to hide spills, moisture, and mold growth from your line of sight.
How to Prevent
Try to keep clutter to a minimum and put loose items on shelves in your maintenance closet. This makes it much easier to identify moisture on your closet floor or even cleaning after water damage that may have seeped into the closet.
Restoration for Commercial Properties
SERVPRO of Winter Park has the equipment needed to handle disasters on a commercial scale.
Whether you do business in Orlando, FL or someplace else, commercial property damage can be a frustrating experience for any property owner. To address this expensive and stress-inducing concern, commercial restoration services are available to restore your commercial properties as efficiently as possible. These commercial restoration services typically provide an assortment of services that work together to fully restore your commercial property, saving you time and money in the process.
This article will go more in-depth into what commercial restoration services do, why they are important and how they operate.
Types of Damage which Impact Commercial Properties
In terms of damage, residential properties and commercial properties are essentially the same. The most common forms of commercial damage include:
• Mold: Mold is both an eyesore and is unhealthy to be around. Once mold has infested a property, it can rapidly spread as air-borne spores if left unchecked. Mold remediation measures are essential for preventing a property’s mold situation from out of control.
• Fire damage: Fire damage can come from many different sources. A lightning strike, a faulty gas stove or even a neglected, lit cigarette can be sources of fire damage to a commercial property. Fires can cause catastrophic levels of destruction to a commercial property, requiring restoration and cleaning services to return the property to normal.
• Water damage: Water damage can also come from a variety of sources. Severe floods, severe rain, and busted pipes are just a few of the ways that water damage can impact your commercial property. Water damage can create more damage if left untreated, resulting in issues such as contaminated water on surfaces and furniture, eroded materials and mold infestations. Electricity combined with water damage is a particularly deadly and destructive force.
• Wind and storm damage: Severe storms and strong winds can smash windows out, tear off roof tiles and damage unsheltered commercial equipment and other properties.
The Importance of Commercial Restoration Services
If your commercial property has some damage, you must reach out to a commercial restoration service as soon as possible.
Commercial property damage follows the same principle as most other types of damage: when left unchecked and unattended, the damage tends to get worse over time. What started as roof damage can lead to rainwater falling into your property, causing preventable water damage and mold issues. A neglected broken door can easily lead to your business’s valuables being susceptible to vandalism and theft.
Commercial property restoration is very important for another reason. Every day that your commercial business is closed due to damage, your company loses money and potential customers. Commercial businesses deal with a lot of overhead: bills, office and equipment rentals, salaries and services offered in good faith that they will be paid back. Commercial property damages worsen their overhead because the companies cannot earn their money back or turn a profit. Under these conditions, commercial properties will continue to lose money until they can open back up for business. Commercial restoration companies that can provide efficient services are an invaluable benefit to commercial properties under these circumstances.
Operations of Commercial Restoration Services
Commercial properties seeking commercial restoration services should look for companies that provide emergency services 24 hours a day. These types of companies can offer immediate relief whenever they are called, or as soon as emergency services have appropriately handled any potential health issues or risk factors.
Once the commercial restoration services arrive, they will usually start by assessing the damage level of the commercial property. Conducting the assessment will allow the restoration team to plan out a way to handle the damage and to start restoring the building’s functionality. It’s typical for the damage to be more serious than initially presumed. Smoke from a room affected by past fire damage may have seeped into another room. The mold that started in one room could infest another room due to water damage. To determine the extent of the damage, these restoration companies use sensors and other detection devices to accurately determine the extent of the damage to the commercial property.
Afterward, a commercial restoration company will begin any necessary preventative measures to ensure that no further damage will occur. This could mean making repairs to the property’s roof or its pipe system, or it may mean adding temporary equipment or components while the restoration team works.
Whatever isn’t salvageable will be disposed of. Some equipment and objects that normally stay inside of the commercial property may be temporarily moved from their usual places. For water damage, the restoration specialists will clear out water with large pumps and clean affected areas with scrubbers and other equipment. Any damp surfaces will have to be thoroughly dried to stop the potential for mold spreading to other rooms and surfaces. Sanitization measures will also need to be put in place for several health reasons.
Once the commercial property is cleaned and the building is sealed, the commercial restoration teams will repair and remodel its rooms. Numerous furnishings may need to be replaced, and other parts of the building may need to be redone, such as wall paint and carpeting.
These commercial restoration services will restore your commercial property after it suffers various sorts of damage. The restoration process will allow your business to return to normal operations as soon as possible.
Business Owner Tips
Here are a few tips on commercial restoration for companies such as yours:
• Do thorough research on commercial restoration companies near you before any damage happens
• Check for insurance policies that will cover damage from sources such as water and fire.
• Plan for worst-case scenarios and determine ways to keep earning revenue.
• Consider having staff work from home while restoration services are being conducted.
SERVPRO of Winter Park
If your commercial property needs restoration services, contact us, SERVPRO of Winter Park. SERVPRO of Winter Park serves the Orlando, FL area, providing a variety of affordable commercial property restoration services.
Fire and Water Damage in Hotels and Resorts
SERVPRO of Winter Park is trained to get you fast estimates with the best calculations to get you a clear idea of what repair costs may be.
Cleaning and restoring your hotel, resort, convention center, or other hospitality business following a fire or water damage event can be a daunting prospect. Luckily, the experts at SERVPRO are here to help. We'll work with your management and staff to make sure any inconvenience to your guests is minimized as we isolate and fully restore the damaged areas.
Fire and Water Damage
Ruined flooring is perhaps the most obvious result of a water damage event. Water can destroy tile, vinyl, and wood flooring. It can also compromise the wooden sub-flooring beneath carpeting. Ceilings may also be affected as water leaking from one floor finds its way to the one beneath. Often times walls (or the bottom portions of them at least) will need to be replaced also, as they're made of porous materials that absorb water.
Soot, smoke damage, and water damage can destroy furniture, artwork, and other hotel property. Customer and client property may be damaged also, adding to your already considerable financial burden.
As costly as a fire or water damage event can be, the costs of not having the cleanup done correctly can be far greater. Improper or incomplete cleaning and restoration can lead to the growth of off-putting and potentially dangerous mold. Mold growth affects air-quality and is malodorous. Few things will damage the carefully maintained reputation of your resort, hotel or convention center quite so quickly as this toxic invader.
Why SERVPRO of Winter Park?
At SERVPRO of Winter Park, we understand that response time is critical when dealing with a fire or water damage event. A fast response can limit damage and potentially reduce costs. We stand ready twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week to serve Central Florida's many resorts, hotels, and convention centers.
No job is too big or too small for SERVPRO. We scale our response teams and equipment to best suit any given situation and, should the need arise we'll mobilize one of our Commercial Large Loss teams.
Whether you run a hotel, resort, school, or convention center, SERVPRO knows that you'll need to continue operating as cleanup and restoration are performed. We'll coordinate with your management to allow for normal operations to continue around the safely isolated cleanup area.
SERVPRO of Winter Park provides a host of other restoration services too. In SERVPRO's fifty-years experience, we've become experts in dealing with mold removal, vandalism cleanup, document recovery, and even the isolation and cleanup of biohazards.
There's no way to know when disaster will strike, costing you money in damages and disrupted operations. When and if catastrophe finds your hospitality business, you'll be glad to have the peace of mind that comes with knowing the experts at SERVPRO of Winter Park have your back.
If you've experienced a fire, or water damage event, visit our website to learn exactly how our many services may be applied to the quick and efficient restoration of your establishment. Or even better, call SERVPRO now at 407-678-5391.
Mold In Commercial Buildings and Schools
Mold can grow unseen in hidden areas such as in the ceiling above a classroom posing a danger to students.
With each passing year, concern over indoor exposure to mold increases. The public has become increasingly aware of the potential dangers linked to mold exposure. In addition to personal properties and residences, property managers and those responsible for the maintenance of commercial buildings, hotels, and schools should be aware of hidden dangers and acquire some knowledge of mold growth to protect the health of building occupants. With some basic knowledge of the subject, even inexperienced and untrained individuals can be capable of making reasonable judgments as to whether a situation can be handled in-house or requires the help of trained professionals.
Molds Can Be Found Almost Anywhere
They can grow on virtually any organic substance, as long as moisture and oxygen are present. There are molds that can grow on wood, paper, carpet, foods, and insulation. When excessive moisture accumulates in buildings or on building materials, mold growth will often occur, particularly if the moisture problem remains undiscovered or unaddressed.
It is Impossible to Eliminate All Mold
This also holds true for mold spores in the indoor environment. However, mold growth can be controlled indoors by controlling moisture indoors. Molds reproduce by making spores that usually cannot be seen without magnification. Mold spores waft through the indoor and outdoor air continually. When mold spores land on a damp spot indoors, they may begin growing and digesting whatever they are growing on in order to survive. Molds gradually destroy the things they grow on.
Mold Can Have Various Effects on Health
Molds can produce allergens that can trigger health issues to inhabitants. Health issues can vary between individuals. Others are known to produce potent toxins and/or irritants. Potential health concerns are an important reason to prevent mold growth and to remediate/clean up any existing indoor mold growth. Since mold requires water to grow, it is important to prevent moisture problems in buildings. Moisture problems can have many causes, including uncontrolled humidity. Some moisture problems in buildings have been linked to changes in building construction practices during the 1970s, 80s, and 90s. Some of these changes have resulted in buildings that are tightly sealed but may lack adequate ventilation, potentially leading to moisture buildup. Building materials, such as drywall, may not allow moisture to escape easily. Moisture problems may include:
- Roof Leaks
- Landscaping or gutters that direct water into or under the building
- Unvented combustion appliances
- Delayed maintenance or insufficient maintenance are also associated with moisture problems in schools and large buildings
Moisture problems in portable classrooms and other temporary structures have frequently been associated with mold problems. When mold growth occurs in buildings, adverse health problems may be reported by some building occupants, particularly those with allergies or respiratory problems. Remediators should avoid exposing themselves and others to mold-laden dust as they conduct their cleanup activities. Caution should be used to prevent mold and mold spores from being dispersed throughout the air where they can be inhaled by building occupants.
Which Restoration Companies are Best for Commercial Jobs?
Commercial water losses at places such as hotels with multiple floors and units affected requires more equipment than most small companies have.
Sure, just about any restoration company you come across will tell you they can handle your disaster. The truth is, restoration has become an increasingly competitive market and many companies will make claims that they are unable to fulfill. Although many of these companies can certainly handle a residential loss, there are many additional factors to be considered when taking on water damage, fire damage, and mold remediation on a commercial scale. If you have a large commercial property and seek the help of a restoration company, here are a few things you may want to consider before making your choice.
1. How Long Has the Company Been in Business?
Find out how long the company you are considering has been in business. Less established companies may say yes to a commercial job and become overwhelmed before it is completed. A restoration company that has been in business for years is more likely to be experienced with the process and needs of handling a commercial sized job. They will be able to provide more accurate estimates and accommodate your operations to make sure further damage to your business is kept to a minimum.
2. Business Location VS. Home Office
There are many smaller restoration companies online that appear to be larger than they actually are. This can be accredited to good marketing most of the time. Many of these companies will run their operations from a home address. Because of the huge decrease in business overhead, they are able to undercut industry standard rates and offer to complete jobs at a lower cost. As is the case with most things, cheaper does not necessarily mean better. While this can seem appealing to most consumers, the fact is that the companies that do this oftentimes are unequipped to handle jobs at a larger scale. This can also cause smaller companies to band together to complete a larger job. The major downside to this is a decrease in the quality of work you are receiving by having multiple companies with different teams, standards, and levels of communication working on the same loss.
3. Equipment and Vehicles
Commercial jobs usually mean a larger amount of manpower, equipment, and vehicles. For example, a flooded bathroom and hallway in someone’s home will not require extraction on the same level as a pipe burst in a hotel or resort that has affected multiple units and floors. In this case, you want to avoid using a company that is only equipped with small portable water extractors and go with a bigger company that has truck mounts and is able to extract water at high volumes quickly. Also, a company that uses its own equipment and has a large stock will be able to get the drying process done much quicker than a company that has to rent equipment for your disaster.
Prevent Commercial Water Damage for your Business
Water Damage can put your business operations on standby. Have a plan in place to minimize the possible delay.
There’s nothing like the look and feel of a new business space, the machines all ready to run, furniture set up, and even the smell of the new carpet. Your mind is miles away from thinking about water damage. Hopefully, you’ll be lucky and nothing bad will happen. Or, heaven forbid you do have a flood, and the hard-taught lesson is learned. Either way, it’s always good to have some tricks and fixes up your sleeve so you can avoid commercial water damage and big headaches.
It has been said that commercial water damage is the most expensive problem you can have in a business with so many things that could be damaged and require repair or replacement. The damage may even cause further problems in the future. But there are several steps you can take to avoid the problems that could be thrown your way. It’s just a matter of keeping track of your office surroundings and acting to keep the status quo.
Here are a few tips to keep in mind when thinking about the prevention of commercial water damage in your business:
Make a Plan
- First, make a list of things that could happen to the items in your office. Come up with as many bad scenarios you can think of so you can realize the things to be taken care of.
- Find and store good contacts for services you may need in case of flooding, mold issues, or a fire.
- Make sure that you have an emergency space available to you in the unforeseen event that you need to have extensive renovations done on your office space.
- Also have a contact list of employees, vendors, and anyone else you may need to reach if things go awry.
- Have a good record of your belongings and find a place where you could take them for repair if necessary.
Put your plan into action
- Have an inspector come to check your building’s plumbing, pipes, roof, and the building structure itself.
- Be sure to follow instructions from your inspector regarding the issues he finds. Coordinate with the building’s owner to be sure you’re on the same page.
- Schedule yearly inspections so you know what needs to be repaired.
- Take a good look at any gutters that are adjacent to your office space. Clogged gutters can cause a great deal of trouble. It’s an easy fix in advance to keep a schedule and clean those gutters periodically.
- Parts and pipes age and need to be kept up to avoid leak problems.
Water damage in your business space is not only costly but traumatic. It can feel like you’ve taken one giant step backward in your goals and peace of mind. Understanding your potential pitfalls and knowing what you need to do to keep the status quo are your best options. But if you do have any kind of water damage, you can get great recommendations on the internet-they can help you through the process to ease your way.
Preventing Orlando Water Damage in Your Commercial Building
Water Damage can halt your commercial business operations and cost you a lot of money if you don't take precautionary measures.
Making sure your Orlando business is able to run and function smoothly should always be a priority for business owners. Orlando water damage to commercial properties poses a serious threat to your operations. If not taken care of immediately, even a minor water issue can lead to extensive damage in a building such as mold growth and structural damage. Mold has the potential to make the damage increasingly worse, heighten repair costs, and affect the health of your employees. There are cases where water damage just cannot be avoided, such as natural disasters. However, most cases of water damage can absolutely be avoided and can be if commercial property owners take the proper precautionary measures to do so.
Because commercial spaces are typically larger than residential ones and are frequented by more people, they usually use up a larger amount of water. The costs for water are already higher but your utility and repair bills can increase dramatically with the presence of water leaks. To ensure your business is able to run without interruption, follow the tips below and prevent water leaks in your commercial property.
Schedule Routine Inspections
Paying attention to the property that your business is in is just as important as paying mind to the business itself. Make sure to routinely inspect the building’s pipes, plumbing, fire sprinklers, structure, and roof to make sure everything is as it should be or catch potential issues before they worsen. Wear and tear are completely normal and common in any building but should be addressed by a professional when noticed.
Seek Professional Assistance
An untrained eye can miss many issues. On top of looking for issues yourself, it is always best to seek the assistance of a trained professional in order to find and solve any problems you may have missed as well as conduct regular maintenance.
The more often you have regular maintenance to your property, the lesser chance you have for issues arising. It is important to know that just because you don’t notice any alarming concerns it does not mean that everything is ok. Leaks and damage can occur in hidden areas and can cause water damage to your Orlando property that is also unnoticeable. A professional can find these hidden issues and make sure they are properly taken care of.
Check and Clean Your Rain Gutters
Rain gutters are designed to redirect excess water away from your property when it rains. When they are not cleaned regularly they get clogged with leaves and other debris. The blockage makes it so that excess water is not able to escape and accumulates until it leaks into your building either through the foundation or the roof. Water damage that occurs this way can oftentimes extend from your roofing all the way through your insulation, walls, flooring, and foundation. Keeping your gutters clean and free for water to pass through can prevent a major disaster from happening.
Upgrades and Repairs
Water fixtures can wear out pretty quickly in a commercial establishment due to a large number of people using them. Many times, older pipes and fixtures are not able to handle the high-volume usage that comes along with the business. This can lead to leaks as well. Consider upgrading your fixtures and pipes to make sure they are able to handle the usage and do not wear out. An inspection by a professional will help to determine what should be upgraded in your building. You need to act fast though because the longer Orlando water damage goes unaddressed, the more the damage will spread, worsen, and will likely lead to mold growth.
If You Come Across Water Damage
In the event that you or a professional comes across water damage in your commercial building, you should take steps to prioritize your safety first and contact a water damage restoration company as quickly as possible. SERVPRO of Winter Park has a convenient location near downtown Orlando and the manpower and equipment to handle water disasters of all sizes. We have the fastest mobilization around and our phones are open 24/7 to assist with water extraction, structural drying, damage repair and more. If you need assistance, give us a call today at (407) 678-5391!
Establishing an ERP Plan for Your Business
An ERP plan ensures that you have a dedicated response team to your disaster that already has an actionable plan to restore things back to normal.
There is no way to predict when a disaster can strike your business, but there are ways to be prepared for it when it does happen. Why is it important to be prepared? Well, a disaster occurring in your business has the potential to bring your operation to a screeching halt, which means your business could lose more money than it would if you had a plan in place to get things up and running again quickly. Some disasters can lead to a long road to recovery that is not only for commercial restoration but also being able to offer services, help your clients and customers, and start bringing money back in.
SERVPRO of Winter Park knows just how important a running business is to its owners and is able to establish a plan for your business called an ERP, or Emergency READY Profile.
- A no-cost assessment of your facility. This means there is no need to allocate funds, giving you a great value at no cost.
- A Profile Document containing only the crucial information you will need in case of an emergency. It doesn’t take very long to complete, but it will save you a lot of time (and from one more headache) if you ever need it.
- A guide to help you get back into your building following a disaster. By having an immediate plan of action, you can help minimize downtime. Here are some of our building services.
- Establishes SERVPRO of Winter Park as your emergency mitigation and restoration provider. You have a provider that is recognized as an industry leader and is located right here for Winter Park and the surrounding area.
- Identifies the line of command for authorizing work to begin. This saves time so that we can begin the work of mitigating the damage immediately, which can save you both time and money.
- Provides important facility details such as priority contact information, priority areas, and shut-off valves. Having a quick reference of what to do, how to do it, and who to call provides solutions in advance of an emergency so that during the emergency you are “Ready for whatever happens.”
Are you ready to set up an Emergency READY Profile for your business or have more questions on what the process is like? Give SERVPRO of Winter Park a call today at (407) 678-5391.
Choosing Professional Restoration For Your Water Damaged Orlando Retail Store
Choosing a professional restoration company is the fastest way of getting your retail store running again!
Running your own business comes with a handful of challenges that you seemingly regularly work to overcome. Natural disasters and unforeseen events occurring within the building of your business pose another threat that you cannot ever adequately prepare for, leaving you contending with varying degrees of damage to your Orlando retail store. In cases of even low-end water loss incidents, choosing the right professional assistance can make the process run much more smoothly.
The Advantage of Professional Restoration
Regardless of the cause of the water damage to your retail store, you instantly get preoccupied with how to restore the damage and get your store back to the way it was. Fortunately, when you choose the right professional restorers, this does not have to be the daunting task that it could have been.
As a business owner, you often get fixated on the cost of the work that needs to get done and how these unfortunate circumstances are going to affect profits in the months to come. While in many instances of water damage your doors have to be closed for a period to allow for restoration work to occur, the time it takes to do it yourself vs. professional restoration is rarely close. In fact, with the experience and equipment available to our SERVPRO professionals, restoration work often takes much less time than it could have for a business owner to work on the damage themselves.
Another critical thing to consider when choosing SERVPRO over any of the alternatives at your disposal is the quality of the work that we do. In instances of water damage throughout your retail store, lingering moisture and dampness from improper cleaning can allow for much more severe occurrences like mold and fungal growth in your store.
Choosing the Right Company
When water damage threatens your business, it does not just stop with the structure itself. All of the stock and contents of your business are at the mercy of this moisture and wetness, causing irreparable damages that can cost you even more. Trust in our SERVPRO of Winter Park technicians to respond rapidly and get right to work on correcting the situation you face. Give us a call anytime you require assistance at (407) 678-5391.
5 Things Your Commercial Carpet May Be Hiding
Vacuuming is helpful, however, it does not get rid of all problem-causing things hidden in your carpet.
Let’s be honest, when there are no visible messes or stains on your carpet, hiring a professional carpet cleaning company is probably not on the top of your agenda. Most property managers or business owners will pass a vacuum quickly and call it a day. However, just because a large mess or stain is not seen, it does not necessarily mean that your carpet is clean or that it does not have potential underlying issues.
To show how important it is to have a professional carpet cleaning every so often, here are some of the problem-causing things that could potentially be lurking in your carpet:
Dirt and Dust
The average home in the U.S. builds up to 40 lbs. of dust per year, with potentially more in a commercial setting like an office. Dirt, dust, and sand typically gets stuck to the bottom of shoes and is spread throughout carpeting. Passing a vacuum eliminates approximately 85% of dirt and dust from a carpet, leaving a significant amount behind.
Food and Drinks
Many employees eat lunch and snacks while at their office desk. Stains and food accumulating on a carpet can be noticeable, however, a larger concern is the potential for bacteria growth and carpet odor as well.
Mold, Mildew, and Other Germs
Mold can easily go unnoticed and thrive while hidden under a carpet in a moist environment. A spill that was not dried quickly enough can lead to this hidden issue. Mold remediation can become a large expense if not covered by the right insurance policy. The best way to prevent these problems from happening is keeping your carpet clean and dry.
The average person sheds approximately 1 million skin flakes a day. When you think of how many employees work in your business, the duration of their shifts, and where those skin flakes go once shed, it’s easy to consider the amount that ends up in your carpet.
Some bugs are easy to spot while others are not. Oftentimes, a carpet will serve as the perfect environment for microscopic bugs such as flees and dust mites. Many of these bugs actually feed on the skin flakes mentioned above and can be attracted by them. Another concern is allergies that can be caused by some of these bugs.
Professional Carpet Cleaning
We are not saying that vacuum should not be done in your commercial office setting, or that is not a great start. However, the problems mentioned above are common and can be more easily avoided by having your carpet deep cleaned at least once per year by a professional. If you would like to schedule a carpet cleaning for your commercial establishment, give SERVPRO of Winter Park a call at 407-678-5391!
Water Damage in Orlando Hotels and Resorts
Many tourists cannot bear the Orlando heat and rely heavily on air conditioning units that can malfunction and lead to water damage.
Orlando is one of the busiest tourist destinations in the world, making it prime real estate for many hotels and resorts. All year round, the city serves as the anchor for tourists going to various events, theme parks, and beaches. Therefore, it is crucial to ensure that your hotel or resort business consistently runs at its optimal levels. For many of your guests, the heat and humidity of Central Florida can be nearly impossible to bear so a room with air conditioning is extremely relied upon. It is common for these units to fail and unload a considerable amount of water. When this type of situation is not dealt with quickly and efficiently, it can cause a significant amount of damage.
Making a Bad Situation Worse
One mistake often made by management in these situations, is the assumption that a temporarily unrentable room is the extent of the problem. However, in most hotel or resort facilities, there are adjoining rooms and areas below the room that have a high chance of damage spreading and affecting even more guests. Delays in the proper removal of water and drying of all affected areas can quickly make the problem worse by introducing mold growth into the situation.
Commercial Water Restoration
In order to lessen the severity of your profit loss and prevent adjoining rooms and areas from being damaged, it is important to act quickly and find a professional restoration company that can have technicians onsite promptly. SERVPRO of Winter Park offers 24/7 emergency services and can help resolve your commercial water damage issues. We restore the damage by using water extraction equipment to remove all standing water and the majority of water that is soaked into carpeting. Afterward, the affected area is completely dried by strategically placed powerful air movers. Tests are also performed to determine the extent of the damage, how much restoration is necessary, and ensure that no moisture is left behind to prevent mold growth in your business and additional issues.
Trusted Restoration Company
Peak season or not, we strongly advise that water damage issues be taken care of quickly when they arise. If you have air conditioners in your Orlando hotel or resort that lead to water damage, give SERVPRO of Winter Park a call. We can be reached anytime at (407) 678-5391.
4 Commercial Water Damage Steps to Take After a Disaster
Protective shoes and gear can protect you from hidden hazards you can not see in the water.
Hopefully, you never experience a major commercial water damage disaster in your business. With that being said, it is critical to know how to handle a water damage situation before it happens so you are adequately prepared if it does. Flooding can cause a variety of issues including structural damage. As a business owner, you can avoid additional disasters by ensuring the following steps are taken immediately after water damage occurs.
1. Protect Yourself
The safety of you and your employees should be your first priority. Make sure to never put your hands anywhere you cannot see first. Wearing sturdy shoes when walking in flood waters can protect your feet from hidden debris in the water that can trip or cut you. Flood waters can be contaminated so wearing hip waders is also a good idea. Look out for snakes or other creatures that may have been displaced by the flood.
If you are unsure or concerned about your safety at any point in time, remain outside of the property and wait for your restoration company to arrive. They will know all of the procedures and safety precautions to take in order to keep themselves and others safe.They will also have protective gear to wear as they are assessing the situation.
2. Shut Off Potential Hazards
If it is safe to do so, you will want to make sure that you turn off any electricity to the affected areas. You don’t, however, want them to be turned on before you are ready. Doing so can potentially mix electricity and water or create a gas leak before the flood damage can be corrected.
Your restoration company will have access to special tools that can detect moisture. This is key to ensuring the property is completely dried out and preventing any mold from growing. For example, a digital moisture meter is able to find signs of moisture behind walls
3. Take Plenty of Photos
For insurance purposes, it is a great idea to be as thorough as possible when documenting the water damage in your property. Taking lots of pictures will help you when filing a claim with your insurance company. Get photographic evidence of the damage that was left behind by the water, plus any water that is still there. Document all that you can and then speak with your insurance company as quickly as you can to get the claims process going.
4. Salvage What you Can
Keep in mind that it is extremely common for any property affected by a water disaster to experience mold growth. Mold only needs about twenty-four to forty-eight hours to start growing. Drying out the entire property as fast as possible is essential to preventing it from doing so.
The professional restoration company can assist you in this, but you will need to throw away anything that has been saturated for over forty-eight hours and figure out on a case to case basis what else can be saved or needs to be thrown away. Rugs and padding will always need to be tossed if they are damaged by flood waters.
5 Ways Commercial Restoration is Different from Residential
Commercial restoration jobs typically require more equipment on-site due to larger affected areas.
There are many ways that a commercial restoration job can be different from a residential job. Today, we share our five most important differences. Whether the job involves water, fire, or mold, knowing what to expect as a commercial client can go a long way for your restoration process and experience.
1. Size of the Area Requiring Services
The most common difference between a commercial job is the size of the area that requires services. The actual size varies from job-to-job based on several factors. For example, a pipe burst on an upper floor of a building can affect the lower floors and cause damage that may not even be visible. On the other hand, a mold removal job in the ballroom of a hotel would require the entire room being sealed and contained.
2. Additional Furniture and Objects
With larger affected areas, usually comes a higher amount of furniture and objects that must be removed. These objects can include filing cabinets, desks, various types of machinery and more. To properly dry carpets these items should be removed. In cases where objects cannot be moved, the restoration company must work around them, making the process trickier.
3. Different Specifications
Buildings are oftentimes built with different specifications and can cause delays or complications of the restoration process. During the process of cleaning water, additional challenges can include removing excess water and even testing for dryness levels. If a commercial unit has firewalls, drywall could be twice as thick making it more difficult to locate and extract wet insulation.
4. Multiple Insurance Claims
Another difference comes in the form of insurance claims. Aside from the claim itself being larger in most commercial cases, clients such as apartment property managers can have multiple residents and their belongings affected. This can lead to the need for multiple individual insurance claims being filed. More claims mean more claim handlers in need of continual job updates along with the tenants and property manager.
5. Open Business Hours
An important factor to consider in a commercial job is if the business will continue to operate on-site during the restoration process. Many businesses cannot afford to cease operations during this time. In these cases, the restoration company should be mindful of working employees by keeping noise to a minimum and even creating accessible walkways and work areas. For mold removal jobs, all parties must understand the importance of keeping contained areas sealed. Clear communication between the restoration professionals, clients, and their employees can make all the difference in these situations.
Best Commercial Restoration Company
The 5 differences between residential and commercial restoration listed above show just how important it is to choose a company that knows what they are doing and what to expect. SERVPRO of Winter Park is available 24/7 to respond to your emergency restoration call. Our highly trained professionals understand what it takes to get the job done right. We are Faster to Any Size Disaster and even have a warehouse that can store your business’s belongings. Give us a call at 407-678-5391 and get started today!
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With the Help of SERVPRO, Businesses Reopen Faster After Water Damage
After a water emergency strikes in a commercial building, you own your immediate concerns involve both personal losses along with the added stress and responsibility to get all of your tenants back in business or living comfortably in your units again. SERVPRO offers the resources locally and on a national level to rehabilitate even a complex commercial water damage scenario. We exceed your needs both to repair your property and also to restore the trust the companies and individuals have invested in your professional commercial management.
Although burst pipes or a roof leak may start in a confined area of your office building, apartment complex or warehouse space, the resultant flood and seepage of water can spread far from the original breach. Many if not all of the businesses or residents renting from you are in peril of losing personal and professional property as well as their means to make a living if you do not take immediate steps to solve your Orlando commercial water damage. Even if the water overflow can be traced to the negligence of a tenant, you as the owner are charged with the task of protecting your building and fixtures and ensuring that all those who live in or operate a business within your commercial property have the use and quiet enjoyment of their leased premises quickly restored.
SERVPRO understands how important it is to limit the downtime of your and your tenants’ business operations. We make every effort to clean and dry the structure quickly, staging the restoration process with an eye to reestablishing business operations even before the entire remediation is accomplished if appropriate and safe. Preventing secondary damage from contaminated water is a major goal, made more attainable if we are involved as soon as possible in the process. Our services for you and your tenants can also include a pack out and detailed inventory of documents soaked by the water. We follow up with our state of the art procedures for saving and drying paperwork, books, pictures and other crucial work products you and your lessees may have feared would be lost due to the water infiltration.
If your commercial property has suffered water damage, call SERVPRO of Winter Park immediately. We can be reached at (407) 678-5391 24 hours a day every single day of the year, our technicians eager to return you and your renters to business as usual swiftly
What to Do After a Commercial Fire Damage Emergency
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After Flames Close Your Business, Call SERVPRO for Fire Damage Restoration
Thousands of businesses are affected by commercial fire damage each year due to a wide range of causes. Whether it's a restaurant that encounters a fire, an office in a building that was affected by a nearby disaster, or a severe storm that sparks flames, such an event is never easy to deal with.
Few proprietors are prepared to grapple with the aftermath of a fire because it's not something that most business owners expect will happen to them. Entrepreneurs who suffer commercial fire damage in Orlando may feel at a loss when it comes to picking up the pieces and resuming business as usual. Here are three key steps you should consider taking after a fire has shut down your business.
1. Get in contact with your insurance company right away.
Not only will this be one of the most relevant steps to getting back open and serving your customers, but also your insurance company will provide the funds needed to make repairs to your business. We know how to navigate the commercial claims process, and any repairs that we complete will meet or exceed your insurance provider's requirements.We do emphasize that we are not an insurance company.
2. Secure the remaining equipment and property in your building.
Unfortunately, commercial fire damage increases the likelihood of vandalism and theft, as your building will be left vulnerable and less secure. Patching up walls, doors, and windows, even temporarily, can go a long way towards preventing further problems. The experts at SERVPRO have the experience and tools needed to secure your business's exterior and interior quickly. As a result, your property will be safeguarded, and any further damage to the building will be minimized.
3. Be mindful of smoke damage.
Even if it appears that your business was only minimally affected by commercial fire damage, the building likely has lingering smoke that will destroy your equipment, documents, and inventory over time. When you call SERVPRO, we'll thoroughly inspect your business for smoke damage and effectively clean it up, eliminate odors and restore satisfactory indoor air quality.
The team at SERVPRO of Winter Park knows how devastating commercial fire damage can be, and we're committed to helping you get your business back up and running. To obtain a quote or get more information about our fire repair and restoration services, call us 24/7 at (407) 678-5391.
What to Do if You Have Downtown Orlando Commercial Water Damage
Commercial water damage in downtown Orlando can be devastating for any business owner.
Getting Help With Water Remediation Service in Downtown Orlando
Floods can occur in downtown offices, retail and other commercial spaces for a number of reasons. For example, a flood may develop after a heavy rainstorm, a plumbing issue or for other reasons. If you are dealing with a flood on your property, you may want to restore the property as quickly as possible. Your urgency may be to continue business as usual. If you have downtown Orlando commercial water damage, you may be wondering how to respond to the situation that you are facing.
Turn off the Water Supply
If your downtown Orlando commercial water issue is the result of a plumbing problem, the first step that you should take is to stop the flow of water into the property. You can do this by turning off the main water valve that supplies the broken pipe with water. In some cases, this may be the main water supply to the entire building or a localized valve to a particular section of the plumbing. You can also call a plumber to repair the pipes for you as soon as possible so that you can once again turn the water valves back on.
Remove the Water
Immediately after you take these steps, you will need to begin working on removing the standing water from the property. You should not start the water extraction process yourself but contact a professional downtown Orlando commercial water remediation service. Professionals will use extraction equipment to remove the standing water quickly from the smallest spaces. Keep in mind that it is important to remove the water as soon as possible so that the potential for additional damage is kept to a minimum.
Dry out the Property
You may think that the property is dried out after the standing water has been removed, but this is not necessarily the case. The reality is that the air, drywall, and other surfaces may still be moist. Additional efforts must be taken to return humidity levels to normal and restore the condition of the home as much as possible. Professional remediation services use powerful fans to dry out the air and the surfaces in the home so that they are returned to normal. After this, the property can be restored through construction or other methods.
Call for Professional Assistance
Restoring a property after a flood is not a matter to take lightly, and you may understandably want to restore the property as quickly as possible. SERVPRO of Winter Park is the water extraction and remediation company to call for fast results. We are a local company that is ready to respond to requests for service without delay. You can reach us today for assistance with your property by calling (407) 678-5391.
Downtown Orlando Commercial Fire Damage Advice
SERVPRO Says Keep Fire Exits Clear
SERVPRO Offers Fire Damage Preventative Tips For A Downtown Orlando Business
Fire damage to a commercial enterprise can be catastrophic on the property damage issue and of closing the doors to clients and customers. A commercial property owner, having to deal with this unexpected extreme event, needs all the help he can get. The fact that the fire can force a business owner to stop temporarily operating or even shut down permanently can result in deep financial consequences. However, learning more about business fire prevention and what steps to handle them can limit business owners from experiencing substantial financial loss, stress, and the complete destruction of their property. Discover more about these important issues by referring to the quick reference guide provided for you below compliments of SERVPRO.
What Causes Business Fires? A wide range of factors can cause business fires.
- fire from an adjoining commercial property or suite
- electrical fire, or commercial kitchen flare-up
- lightning strike, very prevalent in the Orlando area
- natural disasters like earthquakes, more likely a sinkhole
Business Interruption Insurance
Typically, companies who are not able to survive following a fire fail to do so because they did not have business interruption insurance. While companies who do purchase this insurance may find it challenging to recover fully, it is still easier for them to get back to business. Thus, although the insurance typically costs 10% more than a business owner's standard premium, the investment is considered to be a prudent and practical one. And SERVPRO is usually at the top of the list of preferred vendors for many insurance and property management companies. We can coordinate a restoration plan with your insurance adjuster and help manage the insurance claim, reducing your stress.
Fire Prevention Strategies
In addition to investing in business interruption insurance, business owners should implement the following fire prevention strategies:
- Do not store flammable items in an open spot. Keep an organized stockroom and inventory storage area to prevent damage from fire.
- Check quarterly that your smoke alarms are functioning properly, and if installed, working fire-suppressant sprinkler system.
- Develop and implement a thorough, effective fire evacuation plan, have lighted exit signs and no blockage of emergency exit doors.
- Make sure that your appliances, electronics, and machinery are shut off when closed, if possible.
- Ensure that fire extinguishers and emergency directions are in viewable and accessible locations, emergency phone numbers visible
- Make sure that your backup drives and critical paperwork are kept in a fireproof safe or cloud storage.
Call SERVPRO Today
Unfortunately, even extensive planning cannot prevent your commercial property from possible fire damage in Downtown Orlando. A lot can happen in this thriving environment. However, if disaster strikes, the professionals of SERVPRO can provide you with the fire damage restoration services that get your property and business back into operation. Our IICRC-certified technicians offer a fast response. And we can mitigate the water, smoke and fire damage and handle the restoration project, saving you money. From start to completion, our goal is to get your doors reopened in minimal time and cost. "Like it never even happened."
Commercial Restoration Presents Unique ChallengesSERVPRO of Winter Park has the equipment, experience, and training to handle large commercial fire damage emergencies in Downtown Orlando, a big box fire in Winter Park or even a small motel in College Park. Because we are faster to any disaster, we respond 24/7 to all calls. 407 678-5391
How To Prepare A HIgh Rise Building For Water Damage in Orlando Florida
Your contingency plan should include the phone numbers of significant people and businesses, including your insurance agent and SERVPRO.
How To Prepare Your Orlando Business For Water Damage
One of the most challenging experiences an Orlando business owner can undergo is water damage. In addition to interrupting your daily operations, water damage can compromise the structural integrity of your property. However, learning how to prepare for this type of damage can prevent you from losing your emotional and economic equilibrium. Learn more about how to handle water damage by reviewing the steps and strategies outlined below:
Create an Emergency Plan
One of the fundamental things you should do to prepare your Orlando business is to create an emergency plan. This system will function as a guide for action if you are not present. Your contingency plan should include information regarding where all of the location of emergency exits and fire extinguishers. It should also include the phone numbers of important people and businesses, including your insurance agent, the fire department, and your local SERVPRO.
Never Complete A DIY Project
In many cases, business owners want to start the cleanup process immediately after they experience water damage. However, this course of action is not prudent. In fact, there is a vast range of hidden dangers that water damage can cause on your property. Because most company owners are aware of these hazards, they can make themselves susceptible to both injury and illness by attempting to complete the remediation process on their own. Additionally, commercial property owners typically do not have the specialized equipment necessary to complete the restoration process with speed and skill. For this reason, it's important that you leave the remediation project to the professionals.
Selecting a Water Damage Restoration Company
Once you recognize that attaining professional water damage restoration services is important, you may be wondering how to find the ideal service provider. To ensure that you can get the best commercial water damage remediation services on the block, be sure to look for the following qualities in a company, like SERVPRO:
• 24/7 emergency services
• Excellent Better Business Bureau (BBB) rating
• Great online reviews
• Stellar customer service
• Satisfaction guarantee
• Established reputation
Call SERVPRO For Excellent Commercial Water Damage Services
When you find that your business property has been subjected to water damage, there's only one company to call for fast, friendly service: SERVPRO of Winter Park. All of our IICRC-certified technicians will offer you the detailed care necessary to restore your property quickly and correctly. We're ready to get your commercial property back in a pristine condition immediately, so call us today.
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As a locally owned and operated business, SERVPRO of Winter Park is strategically located to respond quickly to your Orlando water damage and any emergency water event. Call us today! (407) 678-5391