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Commercial Building-Water Damage NEEDS

3/27/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO® of South Frisco/The Colony understands that using the proper equipment makes a measurable difference in reducing claims loss expense. When an emergency arises time is crucial, as well as dependence on our state-of-the-art technology and our up-to-date equipment to perform the job efficiently and effectively. SERVPRO® of South Frisco/The Colony professionals will answer your call with fast action, exceptional equipment, highly trained and uniformed personnel.  

  • Extraction equipment- the most effective method of removing moisture from a structure is extraction. this is why it is critical to respond quickly to a water damage and to provide emergency mitigation services. When the equipment is extracted quickly then the environment can usually be dried much faster.
  • Air moving equipment- Air movers are used in water damage restoration to enhance evaporation at the surface level,thereby reducing drying time.
  • Dehumidification equipment- By extracting water vapor from the air, dehumidifiers lower the relative humidity, which in turn increases the rate of evaporation. In a water damage structure, dehumidifiers pull in the moist, humid air and then discharge dry, warm air. The dry air acts like a sponge, absorbing moisture from the wet materials. The two main types of dehumidifiers used by SERVPRO® of South Frisco/The Colony are "Refrigerant Dehumidifiers", which work similarly to air conditioners; and "Desiccant Dehumidifiers", which use chemicals, called desiccants, that readily absorb moisture from the air.

Commercial Spring Cleaning Tips

3/27/2019 (Permalink)

Spring time has become a staple time of year to undertake deeper cleaning projects.  Although this is commonly associated with residential homes, it is just as much needed for workplaces as well as homes.  The cold winter months keep everyone cooped up inside and messes start to grow.  A good cleaning helps to give workers a more open and less hectic environment; additionally, a clean and welcoming place of business helps to attract customers.

Here is a list of some important areas to inspect during your spring cleaning.  

OUTSIDE

  • Windows

Windows are one of the simplest yet crucial areas to clean.  Beyond making sure you have squeaky clean windows, check to make sure they have tight seals.  Small gaps in window seals can cause cool air to seep out (and warm air in the winter months), as well as allowing water to trickle in. Checking caulking and weather stripping remains intact and up to par can save you money in the long term.

  • Landscaping

This is very important for the presentation of your business.  Now the grass, flowers, weeds and other plants are starting to grow, it’s important to start grooming your landscape.  Don’t wait till your plants get out of control, hire someone now or take some time yourself to pull the weeds, mow the grass, and trim any trees or bushes.  Additionally, this is a great time to plant some flowers if you want to spruce up your place of business.

  • AC/HVAC

When converting your buildings air flow system from heating to air conditioning now is the best time to quality check your system.  Test your system by running it for a while to make sure it’s working properly, check any old or out of date parts that might need replacing.  Clean out the ventilation system by removing dust particles and any other debris lying inside.  Ventilation systems are rarely cleaned, which is why lots of building owners tend to find pest infestation or mold problems when cleaning their vents/ducts.  It’s best to take these precautions while the temperature is in a transitioning period. 

  • Pest Maintenance

Along with the re-birthed trees and plants, spring also brings back hordes of pests.  Ants, spiders, termites, mosquitoes, and even bed bugs can become a problem.  It’s best to take preventative measures to ward off pests instead of being forced to shut the business down for a couple weeks in order to fumigate for pests. Lastly, if you are continually having the same pest problems each year, try to identify exterior factors that might be attracting those pests and any defects in your building that might be letting them in.

INSIDE

  • Dusting

Simple and effective.  Even if you already dust on a regular basis now’s a good time to dust those harder to reach, and often ignored, areas. 

  • Flooring/Carpets

As people come in from the rainy times and wipe their feet on your carpets, dirt begins to build up.  Don’t let this grime buildup in your building; buy some strong cleaning products for your floors and a top quality vacuum for carpets. In addition to constantly maintaining floors and carpets, now is a great time to hire a professional carpet and floor cleaner to give your floors a deep clean.

  • Reorganization

Reorganizing comes in two parts.  The first is the organizing of all the previous years files into a consolidated area for ease of access.  Best practice is to do this at the beginning of every year so that your files are neatly organized and easy to find when needed.  The second is the reorganization of the office itself. Ideally, this is a continuing process year round.  If the office has gotten out of hand this can be a good time of year to tidy up the office and breathe some fresh air into the workplace. 

Depending on your type of business will help determine what type of spring cleaning takes priority. 

How we SPEED UP the drying process so you can get back to business!

3/25/2019 (Permalink)

PSYCHROMETRY-A sub-science of physics relating to the measurement or determination of the thermodynamic properties of air/water mixtures (e.g., humidity and temperature).

The knowledge of psychrometry is essential to restoring a water damaged structure to its preloss condition. 

SERVPRO® of South Frisco/The Colony is trained to the science of drying and follow strict industry approved standards to help lower the chances of any secondary damages. If your business suffers a water damage, SERVPRO® of South Frisco/The Colony Professionals will:

- Inspect the building to detect every component that is wet, to help prevent secondary damage from happening.

- Measure how much moisture is in wet material and monitor whether the materials are drying properly.

- Speed up Mother Nature by using professional drying equipment.

What exactly does “speed up Mother Nature” mean? A wet building can often dry naturally because the environment always seeks equilibrium. When materials are wet, moisture will naturally move to drier air at the surface of the material – but only if the air is indeed drier. Nature often takes too long and secondary damages may occur while the building is drying out.

Your local Frisco/The Colony SERVPRO® is trained to use top of the line equipment to help "Mother Nature" along, including equipment to help dry hardwood floors, tough-to-reach spaces inside walls and much more.

SERVPRO® of South Frisco/The Colony uses state of the art monitoring equipment and a proven scientific process to help speed the drying of your business.

Response time is Critical on saving your business time and money

3/25/2019 (Permalink)

Commercial Building Restoration Services

Fires or water damage happen, they may occur at your office or business. Who do you call? Knowing the right company to help in an emergency is important to get your business back up and running as quickly as possible. 

Response time is crucial!! We are located in Frisco and can respond faster to get the help you need and begin services promptly.

We can access the resources of our national network of 1,650 Franchises to handle larger commercial projects and major storm events.

SERVPRO® of South Frisco/The Colony are available 24/7 to help you restore your commercial 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.

For All Your Commercial Needs

3/25/2019 (Permalink)

  • Carpet and Hard Floor Cleaning: We use the latest IICRC standards as well as state-of the-art equipment to remove entrapped soils from deep within your carpet's pile and backings.
  • Upholstery and Drapes: Using wet or dry methods fabrics are inspected and tested to determine the safest and most effective cleaning method.
  • Odor Identification and Deodorization: We will identify the source of the odor and determine the best method to neutralize and eliminate it.
  • Air Duct and HVAC Cleaning: Cleaning services can provided to help restore peak energy efficiency, eliminate offensive odors and improve indoor air quality.
  • Crime Scene, Bio-hazard and Vandalism Cleanup: Technicians are trained to safely and effectively clean bio-hazardous substances and prepare waste for proper OSHA, EPA and state/local health regulations.
  • Contents Claim Inventory Service: Accurate inventory helps keep costs low and reduces job completion time. We can provide an itemized, area-by-area loss inventory.
  • Mold Mitigation and Remediation: We work to control and remediate mold contaminates while protecting your health and safety.
  • Fire, Smoke, and Soot Cleanup and Restoration: Pretesting helps us determine what type of fire has taken place. Knowing the types of smoke and their behavior patterns are vital to proper restoration.
  • Water Removal and Dehumidification: We identify the source and type of water, which determines the proper course of action. Drying equipment controls temperature and humidity, minimizing secondary damages.                                                                                  When you need it done right and done fast call your local Frisco/The Colony SERVPRO® for all your commercial needs.

We respond Faster to Any Size Disaster

3/25/2019 (Permalink)

Fire damage is especially devastating for a business or commercial property. In addition to the fire and smoke damage, significant water damage from firefighting efforts and fire suppression systems may occur.

Every hour spent restoring your business back to preloss condition is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. If your business experiences a fire loss, call the fire and water damage restoration experts and we’ll respond immediately to get you back to business. We are located in Frisco and distance matters for response time after your business has suffered a loss.

  • 24 Hour Emergency Service
  • Faster to Any Size Disaster
  • A Trusted Leader in the Fire and Water Restoration Industry with over 1,700 Franchises
  • Highly Trained Fire and Water Damage Restoration Specialists

When you need a professional restoration company you can count on, call SERVPRO® of South Frisco/The Colony at (972)335-9900.

Tips for Winterizing your Commercial building

3/25/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Protection Systems

  • Sprinkler pipes: protect any sprinkler pipes that are exposed to temperatures below 40 degrees to protect from freezing.
  • Antifreeze systems: have antifreeze systems been tested for adequate concentration in the past year?"

Building Interior

  • Furnaces: inspect, tune-up, check filters, check venting and assure property clearances to combustibles.
  • Space heaters: prohibit or minimize use and assure safe location and operation.
  • Wood-burning stoves and chimneys: inspected for safe use.
  • Interior pipes: protect from freezing. Be very careful if attempting to thaw a frozen pipe. Do NOT thaw frozen pipes with open flames or torches.
  • Faucets: leave dripping during intense cold.
  • Alarms: test all fire, smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.
  • Smoking: it may be cold outside but do not allow smoking inside of your building.

Building Exterior

  • Roof: inspect and repair. Seal around vents and other protrusions to prevent roof leaks.
  • Gutters and downspouts: remove all obstructions and make sure they are properly secured.
  • Exterior water lines: drain and winterize to prevent pipes from freezing.
  • Drains: clear debris so that water drains away from your property.
  • Basements: are you prepared for water backups?
  • Trees: inspect trees near structures and walk areas and remove unsafe branches.

Carbon Monoxide: The Silent Cold Weather Killer

2/22/2018 (Permalink)

Carbon monoxide is a gas you cannot see, taste or smell. According to ready.gov an average of 430 American's die each year from unintentional carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning. Often it is the result of faulty, improperly used or vented consumer products like furnaces, ranges, water heaters, space heaters, and combustion engine-powered equipment, such as portable generators.
However, there are precautions you can take to help protect yourself, your family and your employees from deadly CO fumes.
-Reduce the chance of CO exposure in your workplace by performing regular maintenance on equipment and appliances that can produce CO.
-Install carbon monoxide detectors on every level of your home, including outside of all bedrooms.
-Consider having all fuel burning heating equipment and chimneys serviced annually by a professional.
-Use portable generators only outdoors away from doors, windows, vents or any other openings to prevent fumes from entering the home.
For additional CO safety information, visit usfa.fema.gov or osha.gov

A Clean Work Area Is Important

2/9/2018 (Permalink)

Is your work space clean?  Do you know what can happen if your work space is not clean? 

“Here are some results of poor housekeeping practices:

  • Injuries, when employees trip, fall, strike or are struck by out-of-place objects;
  • Injuries from using improper tools because the correct tool can't be found;
  • Lowered production because of the time spent maneuvering over and around someone else's mess, and time spent looking for proper tools and materials;
  • Time spent investigating and reporting accidents that could have been avoided;
  • Fires due to improper storage and disposal of flammable or combustible materials and wastes;
  • Substandard quality of finished products because of production schedule delays, damaged or defective finishes, ill-equipped employees, etc.;
  • Lack of future work due to a reputation for poor quality;
  • "Wall-to-wall" OSHA inspections due to the "first impression" of the compliance officer.”