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How to Easily Avoid Commercial Fire Hazards

10/31/2019 (Permalink)

We all know how important it is to have working fire extinguishers, smoke alarms, and fire sprinklers.  What you may not be aware of is that it is equally important for employees to do their part to keep fire hazards to a minimum.  Here are a few examples.

Excessive Clutter

Files, folders, and papers need to be disposed of once they are no longer needed.  All of these type of items can easily fuel an office fire.

Electrical Problems

Overloaded extension cords or old surge protectors can become fire hazards.  Electronic devices should be powered down when not in use.  All wiring should be in good working order since old wiring is just as dangerous to a commercial building as it would be in a private home.

Negligence

Mistakes can happen to anyone.  These could include leaving a stove or burner on in the kitchen/break room, burning something in the microwave, or smoking in non-designated areas.

An ounce of prevention could go a long way and be very beneficial  when it comes to keeping your commercial property safe from fire hazards.

Is Your Local SERVPRO on Your Speed Dial?

10/31/2019 (Permalink)

Your disaster may not always be fire & water related, but the Professionals at SERVPRO of West Chester are always here to help when it comes to many other situations. If you have something that is stinky, messy, overwhelming or just plain disgusting, think of your local SERVPRO of West Chester as your 9-1-1 rescue clean-up-call. We’ve seen just about everything in 26 years serving our beloved Greater West Chester area.

There are several services that you may never think of until a related disaster strikes your family, home or business including mold, sewage, biohazard, crime or death scene cleanup.  Equipped with the knowledge, experience, training and compassion, the SERVPRO of West Chester team will start helping the moment you call us at 610-692-8884 on a 24/7 basis.

West Chester is a charming college town. In the lazy days of summer, we are often called by the local University, property managers and rental housing investors to come in and do a “Deep Clean” on the entire property to get it ready for the students returning in the fall. Rest assured, we not only clean the structure thoroughly including baseboards, blinds, walls, ceilings, flooring, carpets, bathrooms and even dryer ducts (to name a few things), but we can repair drywall or cabinets if this sort of repair work is needed, too.

Get to know your SERVPRO of West Chester team, because when disaster strikes, (and we all know it’s not a matter of “if”, but “when”), you want to have us on your smart phone and office speed dial. No matter how big or small the loss is, your local SERVPRO of West Chester team will be ready to guide you through insurance concerns and jump in immediately to help make your business property or home  "Like it never ever happened."  We are available day or night 365 days a years to help.

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Benefits of Commercial Cleaning

10/29/2019 (Permalink)

Every business should be taking measures to keep their building clean, even if they do not employ a professional cleaning service. It can become hard to keep track of exactly what you should be cleaning regularly. Here is a checklist to make it a little easier to insure your workplace stays neat and tidy.

  • Monthly Cleaning List:
    • Dust all surfaces in the office
    • Clean the fabric chairs
    • Vacuum all fabric chairs, vents
    • Deep clean all surface areas
  • Weekly Cleaning Lists
    • Sponge all glass windows, both on the outside and inside
    • Clean the refrigerator
    • Disinfect all trash bins
    • Buff and polish all hardwood surfaces, including conference tables, floors, etc.
  • Daily Cleaning Lists
    • Empty waste bins and add new liners
    • Vacuum daily debris from all floors
    • Clean painted surfaces 
    • Wipe baseboards, light switches and door handles
    • Clean all reflective surfaces, mirrors and brass
    • Put some room freshener down after cleaning

Common Causes of Sewage Damage in a Commercial Property

10/29/2019 (Permalink)

There are several causes for sewer blockages which can lead to sewage water backup in your building, requiring immediate commercial sewage removal. While some are easy to prevent, others are hidden and hard to detect before you realize you may need commercial sewage removal. 

Structural Defects Can Cause Sewage Damage To A Commercial Property

Different structural defects can develop in a sewage system over time. Misaligned pipes, pipe collapses and cracks or holes in the line can lead to sewage overflow, requiring commercial sewage removal and reconstruction of sewer lines. 

City Sewer Backup Or Surge Can Cause Sewage Damage To A Commercial Property

If the backup occurs in a city sewage line, the wastewater will normally overflow out of the lowest possible opening. In some buildings, especially those with basements, the overflowing sewage wastewater may exit through the building’s lower drains and toilets.

Solid Flushes Can Cause Sewage Damage To A Commercial Property

The most common cause for commercial sewage removal is when sewage backs up from a blockage in the pipeline between the city main and your building. This is commonly caused by solid objects in the sewage system that do not naturally decompose.

Root Infiltration Can Cause Sewage Damage To A Commercial Property

Tree roots often cause sewage backups by entering the water pipeline at joints and spreading. As tree roots grow, they will often crack and break the sewage water pipes, creating additional structural defects.

The Top 5 Causes of Commercial Water Damage

10/25/2019 (Permalink)

The first cause of water damage is appliances and equipment. If your facility has equipment that utilizes water, leakage is an ever-present danger. Air conditioners, water heaters, or anything that uses tubes, pipes, gaskets, or filters to operate has the potential to leak. If that leak happens during off hours, you could be looking at major damage. The best thing to do is to regularly look over and maintain your equipment. The second cause is roofing. Make sure you’re checking your roof regularly. If you get a decent amount of water, your drainage isn’t working effectively. Keep in mind that every inch of water weighs in at around five pounds. Over time, this can cause incredible strain and lead to leaks. The third cause is pipes and drains. It is important to regularly check your pipes and drains, and make sure there aren’t any clogs or leaks. Also, during cold weather especially, you should be checking to make sure the pipes don’t freeze.

The forth cause is sprinkler systems. Many commercial buildings are equipped with sprinkler systems, which are great for minimizing fire damage, but not so great for water damage when they malfunction. The fifth cause is Mother Nature causes. Natural disasters like hurricanes, severe thunderstorms and flash flooding can do untold damage to your business. You certainly can’t control the weather, but you can control how ready you are for it. Call SERVPRO of West Chester with any commercial water damage that arises!

Why You Should Have Commercial Cleaning Done at Your Business

10/25/2019 (Permalink)

Americans spend most of their waking hours at work. While many businesses use a cleaning service, the actual cleaning performed is often minimal, with a quick vacuum and emptying of trash. Deeper dirt, dust, allergens, and pathogens remain in carpets, on blinds, and deep within the upholstery of office furniture. There are so many benefits to having a commercial deep cleaning done at your business. First, employees thrive and work better in a clean, and fresh environment. Think about it, no one would want to work in a dirty environment, especially people who have allergies, and other health conditions.

By doing a deep commercial cleaning, you also prevent the spread of viruses and diseases. This means less sick days, and healthier employees which is key. It also is a more professional appearance when customers or clients walk into your business. If you have a clean environment, customers notice that as well. It also leads to long term cost savings. Having a deep commercial cleaning helps keep the cabinets, desks, and carpets in better condition, and having them last longer.

Consider having SERVPRO of West Chester do a deep commercial cleaning at your business. It just makes sense for your business to thrive in multiple ways.

Business Owners: What You Should Know about Commercial Fire Damage

10/9/2018 (Permalink)

Investing in and growing your own business is the dream of many Americans. Along with the financial resources used to start a company, hard work and time are also used to make a business grow. A fire can cause all three of these types of investments to disappear quickly. Eliminating the soot left behind by a fire can help reduce the damages your business suffers, but only if it is done in time.

When commercial fire damage happens to your business many things begin to occur that are out of your control. Business operations are put on hold; employees can't come to work as scheduled, and customers and clients are inconvenienced, to say the least.

Hidden dangers related to the fire and the damage it caused remain behind. Soot can cause health problems, and the water from the firefighters' hoses can remain, causing perfect conditions for mold and mildew to grow. Structural aspects of your building may have been weakened, and it is now unsafe. Equipment vital to your day-to-day operations may have been damaged.

Fire damage in a commercial setting cannot be handled adequately by a janitorial crew. This type of damage requires skilled, experienced, and knowledgeable people with training and certification. Our technicians work together as teams to make the best use of their training and certifications. No site is too large for our teams to handle professionally and efficiently. We assess the damage and explain which areas can be safely entered, and can help you obtain necessary items from your business site before clean-up even begins.

Disasters Don’t Plan Ahead. You Can.

8/15/2017 (Permalink)

Just like that, everything can change. Call SERVPRO of West Chester today for a FREE Emergency Readiness Plan (ERP). You'll sleep better.

SERVPRO of West Chester Recognizes National Preparedness Month with a Reminder to Home and Business Owners: 

As your local disaster restoration specialist, we offer no-cost tools to help property owners prepare a comprehensive emergency readiness plan.

 September is National Preparedness Month http://www.ready.gov/September), an annual event sponsored by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to raise awareness about the importance of preparing—in advance—for the unexpected. In support of this initiative, the owner of SERVPRO® of West Chester, Rich Quinn, encourages property owners to take the following two steps now to protect their family, home, and business in the aftermath of a disaster.

  1. Review and update your emergency preparedness plan, including business and life continuity plans. If you don’t yet have a plan, use the tools provided by FEMA to get started. (https://www.ready.gov/make-a-plan)

  2. Collect and store time-critical information, like the location of shutoff valves, fire suppression system controls, and emergency contact numbers electronically, where it is immediately available to assist first responders.

“Evacuation plans and emergency supply kits help you survive a disaster, but a comprehensive emergency preparedness plan helps you recover from a disaster,” said Quinn. “The most effective response to any emergency is a fast response. That’s why having critical system and contact information at your fingertips is so important. A quick and effective response helps minimize repairs and downtime, helping both businesses and families get back on track in less time, with less stress.”

 SERVPRO offers tools for both commercial and residential property owners to help them minimize damage and recover quickly from emergencies. The SERVPRO READY app stores essential contact and property information electronically where it can be accessed with a mobile device in seconds if disaster strikes. Both home and business owners can download the FREE APP at https://ready.SERVPRO.com/home/mobileapp.

Regional West Chester area business owners can take an additional preparedness step by designating SERVPRO of West Chester as their disaster mitigation and restoration provider. SERVPRO of West Chester professionals will conduct a no-cost assessment of the facility and assist the owner in completing a comprehensive Emergency READY Profile® (ERP) and storing that profile in the READY app. “Rapid response from a disaster cleanup and restoration specialist can help the property owner evaluate options, start the insurance process, and take the right steps from the beginning to bring their property back to normal,” said Quinn. “Even in the confusion and panic that often surround a disaster, a property owner or manager using the SERVPRO READY app can reach out for expert help right from the scene, using a cell phone, call 610-692-8884 or https://www.SERVPROwestchesterpa.com.”