Archived Commercial Blog Posts
Certified SERVPRO Clean-What it Means for Your Business
It has been a long 2 years. 2020 brought fear and uncertainty. 2021 hasn’t been much better. Many have lost people they loved to the COVID-19 virus. Restrictions were put into place for the protection of the public. This meant business closures at first. Then working from home and grocery pick up became the norm for many of us, followed by mask mandates when in public in many states. Our lives changed collectively.
Some companies are still allowing employees to work from home while others need to have their staff back in the office. What can you do to give your employees and yourself peace of mind? What about your customers? If your business is open to the public, how can you ensure that it stays clean?
SERVPRO offers a service called Certified SERVPRO Clean. Each franchise, including SERVPRO of Maitland-Casselberry, offers this service. This type of service is a proactive viral pathogen cleaning. We will utilize multiple methods of cleaning to ensure every surface, nook, and cranny are clean, sanitized, and disinfected. When the service is complete you will receive a window decal that will show the date the building was last sanitized and disinfected. We are proud to offer this service to our communities. Together we will stay strong!
Commercial Fire-Be Prepared!
Commercial buildings have come a long way in fire safety in recent years. Thankfully many are equipped with sprinkler systems or other fire suppressant systems. Most also have multiple fire extinguishers on hand as well as fire exit plans posted. But do your employees know how these systems work? Here are a few tips to help ensure that your equipment is working correctly and that your staff knows what to do in case of fire emergency.
- Fire Alarms. Fire Alarms should be checked regularly to confirm they are functioning properly. This is the first line of defense in an emergency. This alerts your staff and customers that they need to quickly exit the building.
- Fire Extinguishers. Do you have enough fire extinguishers on hand? No employee should have to travel more than 75 feet to reach one. Do you your employees know where they are or how to use one? These are important safety measures to go over.
- Emergency Exit Lights. Confirm that all of your emergency exit lights are correctly placed and are functioning. They should illuminate when main power is off. This helps people to find the exit quickly in the case of emergency when tensions are high and visibility may be lost. Exit signs should have a test button that you can use to regularly ensure that they are functioning correctly.
- Fire Suppression Systems. Many commercial buildings have fire suppression systems in place. It is important that these be inspected regularly by a licensed inspector. Be sure that your staff understands how they work.
It is important to have a plan in place to prevent commercial fires, but it is equally important to have a plan in place in case something does happen. Here at SERVPRO we offer an Emergency Ready Plan, or ERP to all local businesses. This plan puts information you and your staff might need into one document that can be accessed by an app that you can load onto any device. This plan will note where all of your emergency shut-offs are as well as key personnel that needs to be notified. It also gives you quick access to our office so we can immediately begin to mitigate your loss and get your business back on track.
Commercial Fires-Let the Pros Help You Recover
A fire at your business is detrimental on many levels. For many business owners the aftermath of the fire is worse than the fire itself. The first 24 hours can determine the difference between restoring your property or replacing your property. Property damage and equipment damage are just part of the issue. Loss of business can often be the most damaging part of the disaster. Timely response from a SERVPRO mitigation specialist can alleviate all of these concerns. Don’t risk additional damage by trying to mitigate the loss by yourself. Call SERVPRO of Maitland-Casselberry to help you. We will have a mitigation specialist on site quickly to help you determine the next steps. We will also work with your insurance company to make sure they all have of the information necessary to determine coverage and help get your business up and running. You can reach us anytime at 407-388-0404.
Drying Water Damage in Your Maitland/Casselberry Plaza Shop
Plaza stores are a commonplace to commercial areas of Maitland and Casselberry, and it is the ideal location for your small boutique to find a foothold with the local and vacationing shoppers around the city. With steep competition for the attention of these daily customers, your business cannot afford a costly and time-consuming repair, and restoration like you might experience with the inadequate cleanup of a water loss incident in your shop. Instead, you can trust in the experience and fast response of our professionals at SERVPRO of Maitland-Casselberry to get the job done right the first time to keep your doors open.
While there are many different ways that water damage can affect your Orlando shop, restoring the effects that the incident can cause may not always be straightforward. Often business owners choose not to call water restoration professionals when they have what appears to be a small water damage incident. The risk here is that inadequate cleanup and drying of these smaller water losses can allow for continued structural damages, loss of stored inventory, and secondary effects like mold growth to develop.
If you seek the professional skills of our SERVPRO team for these emergencies instead, our fast response can ensure that the damage does not spread beyond the immediately affected area and we can work efficiently to get the saturated elements dried up. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster. Additionally, our professionals can check our progress and success in removing lingering moisture and dampness through the use of moisture detection equipment and FLIR thermal imagery cameras.
Our SERVPRO team can also work to protect the stock in your store. We can move it to a safe location throughout the drying process so that moisture and dampness do not cause irreparable damage that compromises your investments.
With the steep competition for small businesses throughout the city, do not take any more time than necessary restoring water damage to your shop. Our SERVPRO of Maitland-Casselberry water restoration technicians can make it “Like it never even happened.” Give us a call anytime at 407-388-0404.
Photo Inventory-Why You Need One for Your Business
Make sure to take photos and save them yearly. This will come in handy if you ever have a content claim with your insurance company.
While you probably have business insurance that covers the contents of your business if they are lost, you probably don't have pictures of the contents you own. Why would you need pictures you ask?
People are often surprised that if their property is lost, destroyed or stolen getting it replaced is not necessarily a straight-forward process with their insurance company. For example, if you were to lose a desk in a fire and don't have a picture inventory the amount you will be reimbursed could be a surprise. Your $1000 mint condition 'classic' desk could get valued based on age and 'market-value', leaving you with a lot less money than you expected, and needed, to replace it. A photo inventory helps to alleviate this stress.
At the very minimum we suggest a slow walk-thru video of each area of your business that has contents. From this you can capture still photos of each item. If you have the time to take photos, this would be best. Add this to your list of yearly tasks that are completed for an easy way to make sure this is completed.
Again, we hope you never need that list, but better safe than sorry. If you do find yourself in a situation where you need help, please feel free to all us. SERVPRO of Maitland-Casselberry is available 24/7/365.
Will Your Business Benefit By Hiring a Commercial Cleaning Service?
Call the local Orlando specialist if you have a cleaning project!
What Are Commercial Cleaning Services?
Whether you own a restaurant, a boutique, an office space, or a supermarket, your commercial property must be regularly cleaned to maximize its function and appearance. Commercial cleaning services range from general cleaning to more specialized services such as mold removal, fire and water cleanup, and air duct cleaning. Below is a more detailed description of SERVPRO’s services.
- Water Damage Restoration:
Water damage could be the result of a flood, water from a sink that has leaked, a pipe that has burst, or a faulty air conditioner.
- Mold Remediation:
Buildings, offices, and homes can sustain microbial growth of mold if excess water and humidity are left untreated. Mold can spread and become a health hazard.
- Fire Damage Restoration:
Fire damage carries with it the trauma of fire destruction, debris, air quality concerns, and potential health effects to those exposed. Water damage is often a secondary issue when there has been a fire. Fire damage services may include removal of debris, cleaning the fire-damaged areas of an office or home, purifying and making the air fresh and safe to breathe, and remediating any water damage.
- Building Restoration Service:
In the event of fire, water, or storm damage, the immediate concern is to protect the building, home, or office from further damage and to secure the structure for restoration to occur. Services include but are not limited to drywall, electrical, painting, roofing, tile, and carpet repair.
How Commercial Cleaning Services Benefit Your Business:
To operate at peak productivity, businesses need to provide a clean environment for their team and clientele. Specialty cleaning services include air ducts and HVAC, biohazard and sewage, trauma and crime scene, carpet and upholstery, drapes and blinds, ceilings, walls and hardwood floors, odor removal, and deodorization, and vandalism clean-up.
Why Hire a Professional Commercial Cleaning Company:
The number one reason to hire a cleaning service is that they are professionals who are trained in the latest technology in the cleaning industry. SERVPRO of Maitland / Casselberry has highly trained staff with years of experience in commercial cleaning. The team is well-trusted throughout Orlando, FL.
The SERVPRO team provides its own supplies. The right cleaning products are necessary to achieve the proper level and appearance of cleanliness.
One reason to hire a professional cleaning company is health and safety. Your staff or clients won’t get sick as a result of an unhealthy work environment.
It is important to have immediate service any hour or day of the week, especially during an emergency.
More About SERVPRO of Maitland / Casselberry :
SERVPRO of West Orange has been trusted in the commercial cleaning business for over 40 years. The team is highly skilled in the cleanup of commercial properties in the wake of fire, flood, water, and air quality damage. SERVPRO understands that time is money so we work to minimize time lost due to these disruptions.
There is no job within the Orlando Area that SERVPRO can’t handle.
For all of your commercial cleaning service needs, contact us. The office can be reached by phone at (407) 388-0404.
Why You Need An ERP for Your Business
When it comes to disaster, having a plan can help you company reopen faster and minimize costs.
The best way to reduce interruption to your business following a disaster is to plan for it now! It is estimated that as many as 50% of businesses may never recover following a disaster. Of the ones that do, an overwhelming majority of them had preparedness plans in place.
By developing a SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile for your business, you minimize business interruption by having an immediate plan of action. Knowing what to do and what to expect in advance is the key to timely mitigation and can help minimize how water and fire damage can affect your business.
Most contingency plans are made up of three main components: incident response, disaster recovery, and business continuity. The SERVPRO ERP addresses incident response and disaster recovery. Think about potential disasters that could affect your facility. Now ask yourself: Are you ready?
Our SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile is a start-up approach that provides important information needed to begin mitigation and recovery services.
Why the SERVPRO ERP?
- 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 will only take a little time to complete and will not take you away from current projects. But it will save a lot of time if ever needed.
- A guide to help you get back into your building following a disaster.
- This can help minimize the amount of time your business is inactive by having an immediate plan of action.
- Establishes SERVPRO of Maitland/Casselberry as your disaster mitigation solutions in advance of an emergency so that during the emergency you are “Ready for whatever and restoration provider.
- You have a provider that is recognized as an industry leader and close by.
- 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 for what to do, how to do it and who to call.
If you're interested in having an ERP done for your business (at no cost to you!), OR if you have more questions about the Emergency READY Profile, give SERVPRO of Maitland/Casselberry and call today (407)388-0404.
At SERVPRO of Maitland/Casselberry we understand that any type of exposure to biological and chemical contaminants can pose some serious health threats and consequences. In a commercial setting, any type of sewage backup, blood cleanup or even chemical spill, can place YOU and all of the inhabitants of the area at risk. Upon recognizing the situation, your primary focus should be safety. After the area has been critically assessed, you should be well versed in the do’s and don’ts after a contamination.
What to Do After a Contamination
- Stay out of affected areas.
- Call emergency service personnel if the situation is life-threatening.
- Treat all bodily fluids as if they are contaminated.
- Turn off the HVAC system if there is sewage damage.
What Not to Do After a Contamination
- Don’t leave wet fabrics in place. Hang furs and leather goods.
- Don’t leave books, magazines, or other colored items on wet carpet or floors.
- Don’t use your household vacuum to remove water.
- Don’t use television or other household appliances.
- Don’t turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet, and keep out of rooms where ceilings are sagging.
Situations that contain any biohazardous material or spills, should not be handled lightly. At SERVPRO of Maitland/Casselberry, we care about our local community, as well as all of those that live in the area. If you have any questions, or would like to contact one of our professionals, please call (407)388-0404
3 Things To Know About Smoke Damage in Your Building
Fire and smoke damage on a building exterior.
Here Are the Answers to Three Commonly Asked Questions
After a fire at your Orlando, FL, place of business, it’s not uncommon to find that smoke damage has occurred. There are several things you may wish to know about this type of damage, including if its presence is to be expected, and how it may be removed. Here are the answers to three commonly asked questions.
1. It’s Normal After a Fire
It’s not usual to have smoke or soot damage result from a fire. These are natural by-products of flames and heat. Fortunately, many restoration services have the tools and training to deal with these types of damage as well. You may also like to know that both smoke and soot can be removed from affected office items which should be able to be restored.
2. It May Have an Odor
In many cases, smoke damage can have an odor that comes with it. This scent may linger on affected materials and in the air. The restoration team working on the property may have special cleaners to help get rid of this odor. They may also be able to use a ozone machine, or similar device, to remove the scent from the air.
3. A Restoration Crew Can Help
Any smoke cleaning and repairs of the damage should be handled by a local fire damage restoration crew. These professionals can help identify which materials need to be replaced as well as what can be restored. They can even help with item cleaning, which included paper documentation and electronic devices such as computers. Also, ask the team working on your business property about odor removal.
Remember, it’s normal to expect smoke damage after a business fire and the scent of fire and smoke can linger. Fortunately, a local restoration service can help clean, make repairs, and even remove these odors. If you have any questions about your restoration needs these professionals should be able to help.
How Good Is Your Commercial Insurance for Mold?
Mold growth in Casselberry, FL
As a property manager or a business owner in Casselberry, FL, there's no shortage of things to keep you awake at night. You might wonder what forms you haven't filled out, or what the next surprise will be. When it comes to your commercial insurance, you might wonder if there is a scenario out there that you need more robust coverage. What about an outbreak of mold in the dark and damp corners of your business? Could that be a problem? Well, just like a lot of things in life, it all depends. In general, though, so long as you have not been woefully, negligent, your commercial policy provides some basic protections against mold damage.
The Basics of Commercial Insurance for Mold
Insurances policies are complicated documents, so it is always best to go over your policy with your agent for final clarification. In general mold insurance covers these instances for a commercial property:
- Most policies provide for a limited fungus coverage
- The coverage pays for loss or damage caused by fungus or dry rot and bacteria
- The cause of the mold damage must be from a specified cause such as water damage or leaking fire-fighting equipment
Once the mold has been discovered, action must be taken immediately by your company. Failure to respond prudently with mold mitigation measures can result in a forfeiture of your mold insurance coverage.
The Basics of Mold Cleanup
Once mold is found in your building, it's smart to deal with a professional mold remediation company in Casselberry, FL. The experts will come to the scene quickly and begin the process of mold containment and a full cleanup. The mitigation company will help you work with the commercial insurance agent by providing a detailed list of services and repairs. In general, mold policies limit coverage to a specified dollar amount. This could be for multiple incidents, but the total payout would not exceed $15,000 a year.
Preparing a Disaster Business Plan
Commercial Exit Sign
How will your business be able to respond to natural disasters? Mother Nature can prove to be quite a formidable foe, throwing everything from floods, hurricanes and tornadoes to wildfires and earthquakes at us. The key to your business surviving these worst-case scenarios is to be prepared in advance.
Being prepared for these types of scenarios means creating a natural disaster plan for your business. Some aspects to consider when designing that plan are explained in this blog.
What to Think About
There are many different factors you will need to consider when building a disaster plan for your business. This includes your employees as well as your assets such as equipment and merchandise.
Some of those considerations to include should be:
- How to safely protect your employees
- How to secure your assets
- How to get business up and running again
The Red Cross, FEMA and Ready.gov have created checklists that are available to offer assistance in identifying areas that should be included in your natural disaster preparedness plan. These sources can also show how prepared you truly are.
A Plan for Employees
When disaster strikes without warning, it’s important to have a plan that lays out procedures and safety measures for employees and visitors.
Make sure evacuation routes and exits from your facility are all clearly and visibly marked, provide an area where employees can take shelter when necessary, consider installing emergency lighting, and have designated staff “safety wardens” that are properly trained and ready to assist in all emergency efforts.
When you identify a shelter space, a basement or storm cellar is the ideal location in the event of tornadoes or other high-wind situations. Choose a small interior room or closet or interior hallway if you have no basement space.
A Plan for Asset Protection
You’ll have to make careful decisions even if you have a brick and mortar location for your business to protect the assets inside the building. Everything from equipment to merchandise is at risk, which could cause thousands of dollars in losses.
Be sure you keep a comprehensive and up-to-date inventory of your assets and merchandise, and yes, having photographs prior to a disaster whenever possible is always helpful if insurance claims will have to be made. If your assets are kept on a computer server, take the steps necessary to ensure that the backup system is working and that the storage system, such as a cloud storage option, cannot be damaged.
Work with a contractor if you own your building to uncover areas that could need improvement in regard to structural integrity. This contractor can also walk you through possible safety upgrades and offer advice on areas that may not withstand certain weather situations.
Getting Back to Business—Fast
When a natural disaster does occur, it will be possible that your business will have to be closed for repairs due to damage incurred. And every day you remain closed is another day of no business and lost profits. It is smart to fund a “rainy day” account to help you out with additional costs that may not be covered by your insurance.
Compile a list of contractors who will be able to make themselves available for construction and repairs, and find a cleanup and restoration service company that will be available to quickly respond to your emergency situation.
With SERVPRO® of Maitland/Casselberry, you can count on us to get to the disaster faster and make it "Like it never even happened." Our training and expertise have prepared us to help with water damage, storm damage, fire damage and mold remediation quickly and effectively.
Knowing what to do when disaster strikes your business is of the utmost importance. When it comes to the cleanup and restoration aspects, depend on SERVPRO® of Maitland/Casselberry to be there for you. 407-388-0404
Maitland Office Disaster Recovery Plan
SERVPRO Truck at a local business in Maitland, FL
It’s 2:45am on a Sunday morning. You get a call that there is an emergency in your office. The caller tells you that there was a small fire and that the sprinkler system put it out, but that the entire building is now damaged from the water. What is your next step? Who do you call?
Do you have a plan of action? What if there was a way for you to start making the important phone calls before you even leave your house? What if there was something as simple as an app on your phone or tablet that would allow you to access all of the information that you need? That’s where our ERP comes in! ERP stands for Emergency Ready Profile or Emergency Ready Plan, and allows you to have a plan for any emergencies that may happen in your commercial building. The ERP has everything and anything you want to have in your preparedness plan, from the location of the main power shut off switch all the way to where the blue prints are located. Having a plan of action allows anyone from the owner of the building to the custodians working the nightshift to be able to possibly prevent additional damages from occurring, while stopping the main source of damage from spreading. The best part is you can access this ERP directly from your smartphone or tablet by simply installing the free SERVPRO Ready App. The app can be downloaded on as many devices as you deem necessary.
You may ask, “How will it benefit me and my business?” Not many business owners/managers know that about 50% of businesses are unable to reopen following a disaster. Of the businesses that do survive, the overwhelmingly majority 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 employees. Showing that in the event your business is affected by a disaster, they don’t necessarily have to be.
By working with SERVPRO of Maitland-Casselberry, and allowing us to provide your business with an Emergency Ready Plan, your business can receive the benefit of over 35 years of experience in reducing the impact of any natural or man-made disaster. Our teams are leaders in water and fire damage response and can help you quickly get your business back in working order.
The Emergency Ready Plan 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. But it will save a lot of time if ever needed.
- -It will only take a little time to complete and will not take you away from current projects.
- A guide to help you get back into your building following a disaster.
- -This can help minimize the amount of time your business is inactive by having an immediate plan of action
- 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. In advance of an emergency so that during the emergency you are “Ready for whatever happens.”
- -Having a quick reference of what to do, how to do it and who to call