Recent Commercial Posts

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned

8/13/2020 (Permalink)

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned; A Higher Standard of Clean

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed what it means to be clean. Being open for business is just the beginning of our new journey forward. Employees may be hesitant to return to work, and customers may wonder whether the businesses they patron are safe.

We are proud to launch Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned—a cleaning and disinfecting program that SERVPRO offers to commercial locations to address the current COVID-19 pandemic. This is a level of clean that goes way beyond janitorial or carpet cleaning. This is proactive viral pathogen cleaning. When businesses chose SERVPRO, their employees, customers, and community can rest assured that they’ve selected a “higher standard of clean”—Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned.

Please contact our SERVPRO of Southern Lorain County Columbus office at 440-324-2620 to have your building Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned. 

Does Your Building Have The Flu? SERVPRO Can Help!

3/3/2020 (Permalink)

flu virus Call our office today to have your building cleaned!

About Influenza (Flu)

Approximately 8% of the U.S. population contracts the flu each year. Influenza virus is a contagious respiratory sickness causing mild to severe symptoms. Those with the flu can spread it to others without direct contact. The flu virus spreads mainly by droplets made when people with the flu cough, sneeze or talk. Someone can also get flu by touching a surface or object that has the flu virus on it.

How SERVPRO Can Help Prevent The Spread Of Flu

Our SERVPRO team is here for you! We can treat your buildings for Influenza A, Rhinovirus, and many other harmful viruses. Our team uses a powerful, EPA botanical disinfectant that dries with no residue and is safe for use in the most delicate of applications like nursing homes and schools. Our staff would treat your building with a fogging process then go over heavy touched areas by hand.

Call our SERVPRO office today for more information!

Levels Of Commercial Damage

1/22/2020 (Permalink)

containment at front of restaurant Our SERVPRO team came to the rescue when this Student Center Restaurant experienced a water loss.

SERVPRO of Southern Lorain County not only handles residential damage and restoration, but commercial damage as well.

When handling a commercial loss, three levels of damage are considered:

Level 1

Level 1 is a small commercial loss typically involving 15,000 square feet or less of affected floor space. If the facility was entirely affected, examples of a small commercial loss may include, but are not limited to, a stand-alone retail establishment, a small church, a daycare facility, a small shopping center, a small warehouse or manufacturing facility, or a stand-alone administrative building. A Level 1 loss can also be a small portion of a much larger structure.

Level 2

Level 2 is a midsize commercial loss typically involving 15,000 to 60,000 square feet of affected floor space. The building or buildings involved are usually multi-level or greatly divided spaces. If the facility was entirely affected, examples of a Level 2 loss may include, but are not limited to, a small multi-family property, a midsize church or school, a small shopping center, a multi-tenant administration facility, or a midsize warehouse or manufacturing facility. A Level 2 loss can also be just a portion of a much larger structure.

Level 3

Level 3 is a large commercial loss typically involving more than 60,000 square feet of affected floor space. The building or buildings involved will likely be large multi-level structures. If the facility was entirely affected, examples of a Level 3 loss can include, but are not limited to, a large church, hospital, school, or university; a large multi-family property; a mid- to high-rise retail or administration facility; a large industrial, manufacturing, or warehouse facility; or a large strip-style shopping center or shopping mall. This is the level at which it would be appropriate to refer to the project as a “large loss.”

Once our team determines the level of loss, the property is further assessed, and a team of appropriate size is dispatched to get the job done quickly and efficiently, and return your business to operation “Like it never even happened.”®

Don't Wait! Call Our SERVPRO Team To Prevent Secondary Damages

1/22/2020 (Permalink)

water on concrete floor of commercial building Your janitorial team is NOT equipped to handle water damage issues. Contact SERVPRO for a quick reply and IICRC certified remediation services.

A flood can be a nightmare for a customer-facing business. Unfortunately, they are not easy to prevent due to the myriad of potential causes. A customer could leave a faucet on, an aging pipe could finally burst, or even extreme weather conditions could result in flooding. These all can cause temporary closure, and those that happen overnight can be particularly damaging. To limit the loss of revenue and be able to return your staff to work, you can use our professional restoration service.

The job of commercial water removal in commercial properties is usually one that goes beyond the scope of your janitorial team. SERVPRO has access to national resources and can train local technicians while providing them with the right equipment to work on larger job sites. We operate our emergency line twenty-four hours a day to help our commercial businesses in times of need.

A water issue in a property is not always a case of large quantities of standing water. Sometimes a leak can spread out across a large surface area. This excess water is then absorbed into floors or wall cavities, primarily if the problem occurs during the close of business hours. We can conduct mitigation tasks quickly to help to ensure that no lasting damages are sustained to your property.

One method of removing water from a property is through creating airflow. SERVPRO use rapid air movers in a variety of ways to start this process. These equipment work by blasting air out at the surface level which pushes moisture into the air. Working with an open system, the circulation can replace wet air with drier air from outside the property.

Air movers can also be adapted to create circulation in areas of the property that would usually be hard to access. By attaching shrouds to an air mover, SERVPRO can re-purpose them to send air currents through wall cavities or beneath floorboards. These steps can often be essential in mitigating against microbial growth.

The benefit of professional assistance it that it can help to guard against expensive secondary damages, contact our SERVPRO of Southern Lorain County team today!

Emergency Ready Profile

1/14/2020 (Permalink)

Emergency Ready Profile This is a free service offered by SERVPRO that provides you with all the information needed in an emergency that you can access directly from our app.

The SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile is a startup approach that provides the critical information needed to begin mitigation and recovery services. It is designed to serve as a quick reference of important building and contact information.  By working with SERVPRO’s Emergency READY Profile, your business can reduce the amount of damage a disaster can cause to your commercial building. SERVPRO is the leader in water and fire damage response and can help you quickly get your property back to preloss condition.

The SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile Advantages:

  • 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 concise Profile Document that contains only the critical information needed in the event of an emergency. It takes minimal time to complete and will not take you away from your other current projects. But it will save a lot of time if ever needed.  
  • A guide to help you get back into your building following an unexpected disaster. This helps minimize the amount of time your business is inactive by having an immediate plan of action.  
  • Establishes SERVPRO of North Coast as your disaster mitigation and restoration provider. You have a provider that is recognized as an industry leader and is close by to help you.
  • Identification of the line of command for authorizing work to begin. This saves time, so we can begin the work of mitigating the damage which can save you time and money.
  • Provides facility details such as shut-off valve locations, priority areas, and priority contact information. 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.” 

The Best Way to Reduce Business Interruption Following a Disaster is to Plan For it NOW!

Did You Know?

As many as 50% of businesses close down following a disaster, according to the latest research. Of the businesses that survive, many of them had a preparedness plan in place.  Pre-planning can serve as an insurance policy aimed at peace of mind. And knowing you are “Ready for whatever happens” speaks trust to your clients and employees that in the event your business is affected by a disaster, they don’t necessarily have to be.

Duct Cleaning For Your Commercial Building

1/14/2020 (Permalink)

air duct cleaning What's lurking in your air ducts?

Commercial property managers and facility managers have a lot on their plate, keeping their properties clean and orderly. The one task that should be top of mind is duct cleaning, especially if you notice buildup or tenants complaining about respiratory irritation. Typically, you should have your building's ducts cleaned every 3 to 5 years. Like a residential home, routine maintenance cleaning of your duct system will improve the air quality. Duct cleaning will also assist in the efficiency of your system and potentially prolong the life of the system itself. 

Here at SERVPRO of Southern Lorain County we offer commercial duct cleaning. Our team of dedicated and trained individuals focus on quality and customer relationships when handling your commercial property. 

If you're in need of duct cleaning for your commercial business, call SERVPRO of Southern Lorain County to schedule your commercial duct cleaning.

Causes Of Water Damage In Commercial Buildings

1/14/2020 (Permalink)

water on concrete floor of warehouse This flood was a result of a water main break.

Flooding in commercial buildings can happen very quickly, especially if there is no one on site to access the problem. What starts out as a small water leak can instantly turn into something larger, and cause significantly more damage than expected. If your commercial property isn’t in pristine condition, there is a higher chance of water damage occurring. Here are some of the typical causes of water damage in a commercial building:

  1. Broken Pipes. It is very common for broken or cracked pipes to occur in commercial buildings, especially as they age. When a pipe bursts, water rushes out of them, spraying throughout the whole building. A busted pipe can cause damage to the walls, ceilings, flooring, and any other contents you have filling that space.
  2. Malfunctioning Sprinklers. It is a law that all commercial properties by equipped with an overhead sprinkler system. It works in conjunction with the fire alarm, and is activated when the fire alarm goes off. This causes water damage in two ways. First, if there is a fire in the building, the smoke will set off the fire alarms, activating the sprinklers causing water damage. And second, if the sprinkler system malfunctions and activates on its own, causing the water to cover the entire building.
  3. Backed Up Sewer Lines. Bathrooms are another common source of possible problems. Sewer lines can get backed up, releasing water into the building. This type of water damage is extremely dangerous because the water is filled hazardous waste and other contaminants.
  4. Damaged Appliances. Almost every office building has a kitchen or break room. Typically these rooms have a refrigerator or a dishwasher and when these appliances malfunction they can leak a significant amount of water, flooding entire room or more.

Commercial Water Removal Services

1/14/2020 (Permalink)

equipment set up in the hallway of a commercial building after a water loss This water loss was caused by a toilet overflow.

As a business owner in Cleveland, you need to be prepared for natural disasters so that you know the correct measures to take when your property suffers water damage. The working of commercial water removal service providers can help in preventing your retail store or office from experiencing further damage. It all starts with understanding how the certified technicians work to solve the problem.

Whenever a water damage disaster strikes, there is a possibility that the documents which you use for book-keeping in your retail store or the electronics you sell are affected. When that happens, and you live in Cleveland, you do not have to panic. All you need is a commercial water removal service provider like SERVPRO to attend to your damaged property.

When it comes to document drying, it all begins with determining the appropriate method to save the damaged documents and books. As an owner, you have to act quickly and make decisions with the restorers to minimize the extent of the damage. It is important to note that achieving the earlier state of the water damaged documents and books is not possible, but preventing further loss is essential. Vacuum thermal-drying, vacuum freeze drying, freeze-drying, de-humidification and air-drying are some of the methods that certified technicians from SERVPRO use to dry the documents.

When attending to your electronics, trained restorers will first make sure that no electrical hazards are present. Here, we are referring to equipment like microwaves, stereos, TVs, computers, VCRs and any appliances that have a circuit board. First, they disconnect trip breakers and batteries and then cover the electronics with plastic to prevent entry of additional water into the appliances. After that, a de-humidification equipment is set up to stabilize conditions in order for relevant emergency and evaluation procedures to take place.

One of the reasons as to why you should work with certified experts from SERVPRO is because we follow all local and state regulations in our work. Our trained restoration technicians always share ideas with you as a business owner so that the safety of your employees and property is guaranteed. The use of specialized methods and equipment is what makes our work simple and reliable.

SERVPRO of Southern Lorain County treats every water, mold, fire and storm damage disaster as an emergency. Call us at (440) 324-2620 to be served by a trusted industry leader.