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Secure Your Commercial Property After a Fire
A building that has been hit with a fire may not seem like a desirable location, but there are several factors that can attract looters, trespassers, or vandals. Here are a few reasons that SERVPRO of Russellville, Hamilton and Fayette has put together about why a building owner or manager should secure the premises after a fire has been extinguished.
To Prevent Further Damage
Every person that enters a building damaged by fire is likely to make damage worse. Several factors may include:
- Admitting debris
- Admitting water
- Grinding soot into surfaces
Boarding up holes in doors and windows and using tarps to cover a damaged roof are the best ways to prevent these types of damage. A building owner may also want to consider installing security fencing until restoration is complete.
To Limit Liability
A property owner may be liable if anyone, including a third-party, sustains an injury on the location of a fire. Security measures can make it more difficult for trespassers to get into a structure that has fire damage and risk becoming injured.
To Discourage Looting
A number of items in a fire-damaged property may be desirable to looters. Even after many contents and parts of a structure have become damaged or destroyed, a business may retain some elements, such as:
Looting may still pose a risk regardless of whether building materials, fixtures, or other contents are intact or in need of being disposed of and replaced. A board-up, combined with security fencing, can help to limit losses and damage caused by trespassing.
Securing a building demonstrates an owner's desire to mitigate damage. Most insurers will seek evidence that mitigation is taking place. Securing a location with fire damage is one of the best ways to indicate an intention to restore the building for functional use as soon as possible.
Insurance Companies Use Preferred Vendors
As a property owner, dealing with the aftermath of an emergency can be very overwhelming. If your building has sustained water, smoke, or fire damage, you may be wondering who can guide you through the cleanup process. You should contact your insurance agent for immediate help. Your insurance company will likely recommend an accredited restoration service provider. Though you aren't obligated to use their selected company, here are some ways that preferred vendor programs help you along the path to recovery.
Quality Restoration Processes
When you work with trusted professionals who specialize in emergency clean up, you can have peace of mind knowing that your property is in good hands. When you choose to use the restoration company suggested by your insurance, you save yourself the hassle of finding an available, trustworthy company. Your insurance company holds contracts with local professionals and this helps ensure that the cleanup experts will be quick to mitigate the damage done to your property. Plus, they manage your restoration project through to completion.
A preferred vendor program helps foster trust between your insurance agent and your provider - so you know they are both working hard on your claim. Some restoration companies, such as SERVPRO, are held to very strict guidelines to receive insurance referrals. Your insurance company vets the contractor - checking their IICRC (Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification) validation, performing background checks, etc. - so you don't have to.
Warranties and Confidence
When you are dealing with a restoration claim, you want to make sure that you're making the right choices. Since you may not have extensive knowledge of the industry, preferred vendor programs are helpful. You can rest assured that your property will be quickly and properly treated, and the work should be guaranteed.
If you have experienced any type of damage that requires emergency services, call your insurance agent right away for advice. Your insurance company has likely already forged relationships with experts in this industry, so you can take a deep breath and let the pros handle it.
In order to keep businesses cool throughout the hot summer season, our HVAC systems will be working nonstop. What you may not know is that with frequent use, HVAC systems can actually be fire hazards. We usually think of electrical malfunctions, complications involving cooking equipment, or careless accidents as the culprits of commercial fires. Even though complications involving HVAC systems are not the first cause of commercial fires that comes to mind, fires of this nature can be devastating for businesses. It is beneficial for commercial businesses to gain awareness of common fire hazards associated with HVAC systems in order to understand how to effectively protect against significant fire damage.
Three Common Hazards
One way in which HVAC systems can be fire hazards is if the system has a leaky fuel line. HVAC systems are home to flammable fuels, including gas, petroleum, and oil, which can easily catch fire if the fuel line leaks upon other damage. This fire hazard can be avoided by making sure that your commercial business’ HVAC system and fuel line receive regular, routine maintenance. Regularly scheduled maintenance is incredibly important in protecting your business from a fire due to an HVAC system’s leaking fuel line because leaking fuel lines can often go unnoticed.
Damaged electrical connections within an HVAC system can also be a fire hazard due to the prevalence of exposed or burnt electrical wires. Over time, electrical connections loosen, which result in damaged wires, thus increasing the risk of a fire igniting. A common sign of damaged electrical connections within an HVAC system is the smell of burnt plastic, which is due to the melting of the plastic coating on electrical wires. In the event that you notice this smell in your business’ building, it may be a sign that your HVAC system has damaged electrical connections and therefore, needs to be repaired or replaced in order to avoid a dangerous fire.
Oftentimes, HVAC systems are stored in closets or storage areas inside of commercial businesses. As a result, they may be too close to other objects, such as cardboard boxes, crates, or miscellaneous equipment. Under this condition, the HVAC system is more susceptible to damage and, if a fire were to ignite, it could easily spread to the surrounding objects, thus creating a larger, more dangerous fire. This increases the likelihood of the fire spreading to other areas of your business, which can be devastating. Keep the area around HVAC systems clear in order to protect your business from this hazard.
Get Your Business Ready for Summer!
Air Ducts & HVAC Cleaning
Consistent HVAC and duct cleanings can save you and your business a lot of money, time, resources and a headache in the long-run. If your HVAC system has been operating for some time without attention, it could be circulating dust, pollen, odors, dirt and debris, and other contaminants. Air ducts and HVAC cleaning is a good opportunity to “summerize” your business.
Odor removal is important, especially in a business setting. It’s been said that pleasant scents attract more customers to your store. If you deploy a scent marketing strategy, you can increase your ROI. On the other hand, if your commercial space has an odor problem, this can cause quite the opposite effect. SERVPRO of Russellville, Hamilton and Fayette specializes in odor removal. As experts in deodorization, our heroes are trained to identify and eliminate offensive odors. These odors can come from a number of sources both inside and outside a structure. Odor removal is another good opportunity to “summerize” your business.
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Disaster doesn't strike your business when it's convenient (because there is never an ideal time for a disaster). Whether it is an early Sunday morning or the middle of the night on a Tuesday, we are here to help get your business back to normal 24/7/365. Yep! We are here for you all 365 days of the year.
We are proud to serve our local communities because we live and work here, too! Did you know our expertise goes beyond just fire and water restoration? For example, we are professionals when it comes to electronics restoration or document drying. Those two things can be absolutely crucial to getting your business back to "Like it never even happened."
We are locally owned and operated, so we’re already close by and ready to respond immediately when you need us. We make disaster "Like it never even happened." Give us a call today!
What To Do If Your Commercial Building Floods
Extensive flooding can cause a lot of issues for the office or building that has been affected. The primary concern inside a building is not only the water, but it’s also the humidity levels. Humidity can ruin paperwork, electronics, and can cause mold growth in areas that were not affected by flooding.
Flooding from a bursting pipe or water sprinkler system can dump gallons of water into the building at a fast rate. That much water can affect multiple floors in a building which can be very costly. Conventional drying methods will not be able to dry out a large building properly.
Extracting the water is the first crucial step. We have equipment that can remove large amounts of water in a small amount of time. Our air movers and large desiccants will also remove the humidity quickly. Call us today! No job is ever too big or too small.
Get Your Business Springtime Ready!
Spring is fast approaching. The season brings challenges, including flooding from either snowmelt and heavy rains. The following are four steps you can take to prepare your commercial building for spring.
Clean the Gutters
The gutters on your building are responsible for diverting water away from the structure. Make sure they are clear of any debris so that they function their best.
Check the Sump Pump
If your business experiences flooding, whether it be from heavy rains or a frozen pipe burst, a sump pump can help. If the building has a sump pump, it will be located in either the basement or the crawl space. To test it, simply pour in enough water to activate the pump. After you test it, clean out any debris that might be built up.
Protect Important Documents/Items
No one expects their company property to have a water damage. Anticipating these disasters can help you avoid future stress and headache if you do your best to protect your building’s contents before it happens. Although an experienced restoration company can usually help you get your business back to preloss condition, it is generally easier to prevent damage in the first place. Make sure there are electronic copies of all critical documents. Move important equipment to higher ground. Put smaller items in waterproof storage bags.
In many cases, flooding happens without much warning. Spring floods, can sometimes be predictable. This gives you the opportunity to be proactive in protecting your business.