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Be Aware of Mold in Your Commercial Space
Mold growth is NOT a new subject. In fact, many commercial structures end up closing their doors to business for months due to mold contamination. That is why in any large facility the importance of maintaining that facility to deter water leaks, moisture problems and poor air quality should be the main focus.
Most mold growth is discovered after we get called to remediate a water issue, and we discover it growing behind removed material such as sheet rock, sink vanities, cabinetry, etc. In many instances, the mold growth has gone undetected for months, if not years.
According to the Environmental Protection Agency, the key to mold control is moisture control. Solve moisture problems before they become mold problems.
Mold Prevention Tips
- Fix leaky plumbing and leaks in the building as soon as possible.
- Watch for condensation and wet spots.
- Prevent moisture due to condensation by increasing surface temperature or reducing the moisture level in air (humidity). To increase surface temperature, insulate or increase air circulation. To reduce the moisture level in air, repair leaks, increase ventilation (if outside air is cold and dry), or dehumidify (if outdoor air is warm and humid).
- Keep heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) drip pans clean, flowing properly and unobstructed.
- Vent moisture-generating appliances, such as dryers, to the outside where possible.
- Maintain low indoor humidity, below 60% relative humidity (RH), ideally 30-50%, if possible.
- Perform regular building/HVAC inspections and maintenance as scheduled.
- Clean and dry wet or damp spots within 48 hours.
- Don't let foundations stay wet. Provide drainage and slope the ground away from the foundation.
Potential health concerns are also an important reason to prevent mold growth and to remediate/clean up any existing indoor mold growth.
Obviously staying on top of moisture issues is the key to keeping mold under control.
Should your commercial building need mold remediation, remember that SERVPRO has specially trained technicians that can handle the job. No job is too large or small, and we are available 24/7.
Keep Your Business Safe From Winter Storms
If you own a business that is in a high-risk area for flooding, make sure you are prepared before any storm to keep your business afloat afterward.
Prepare by making sure you locate any important documents and valuables and store them in a location that will be dry and secure.
Check your gutters and spouts to ensure they won’t be clogged when the storm hits, and make sure to have a working sump pump.
If possible, move any electronics or other costly items to a higher floor or at least try to raise them several feet off the floor to minimize any flood damage.
If your business facility floods, your first responsibility is to keep people safe.
Make sure to turn off electricity in any affected areas. Even if there’s a power outage, the power may be suddenly restored without notice and could cause a shock hazard. If you choose to enter a damaged building, be cautious of any structural compromises or falling debris. Keep out of the floodwater as much as possible to reduce the risk of slip-and-fall hazards and bacterial contamination. Be sure to wear protective clothing – including slip-resistant shoes, gloves, eye protection, and a mask – in order to minimize potential risks.
When flooding occurs, the quicker you can start your cleaning and restoration efforts, the better your chances of minimizing long-term damage and costs.
Reconstruction can’t happen until the flood-damaged area has been thoroughly disinfected and dried.
Be aware that although surfaces may feel dry to the touch, that doesn’t mean they are thoroughly dried. If you are able to remove any wet items from the flood-affected area of your business, make sure they dry completely before you bring them back to where they belong.
One thing you can do right away is to encourage drying and control the spread of mold by opening windows and doors to allow for maximum air circulation. If it is safe to do so, you may want to run an air conditioner, fan, or dehumidifier to facilitate greater air flow.
When it comes to flood clean-up, you want to make sure you are thorough.
Anything porous that gets soaked – like carpet, insulation, or molding – may be beyond salvaging. If so, these items will need to be thrown away to prevent risk of disease from contamination. Items that can be saved will need to be disinfected and washed in the hottest possible water the item can tolerate. Sometimes pressure washing and professional cleaning are the only ways to ensure your items will be safe.
If your business suffer flood damage and requires professional cleaning and restoration, you can rest assured that SERVPRO of Hackensack/Little Ferry has technicians with advanced training, skills, and equipment necessary to clean and restore your business to its pre-flood condition as quickly as possible.
Commercial Property Water Leaks
Water damage caused by leaky pipes can cause severe property losses for local businesses. Whether the water is slowly seeping from a loose fitting or is suddenly gushing from a burst frozen pipe, commercial property leaks can prove disastrous and disrupt business.
The good new is: many types of leaking water damage are covered by commercial property insurance policies. However, not all leaks are covered, so, it’s good to be prepared.
To help you understand how to deal with leaks at your commercial property, here’s a helpful guide explaining what kinds of water leaks are typically covered by commercial property insurance policies, and what kinds of leaks are not:
- Sudden Events
If a leak is caused by a pipe or other appliance, such as a water heater, that suddenly breaks, any damage to your commercial property will likely be covered under your insurance policy.
- Fire System Damage
While commercial property policies generally won’t cover the repair costs to most broken appliances, they often will cover the cost to replace or repair any damaged parts of a fire protective system, such as a sprinkler.
- Building Restoration
Most water pipes are hidden inside walls, ceilings, and floors, so when a leak occurs, it will often be necessary to tear out a piece of the building in order to repair the pipe. Many commercial property insurance policies will cover the costs to restore those parts of the building that had to be removed in order to repair the leak.
- Slow Leaks
Many commercial property insurance policies will not cover damage caused by water that has been leaking continuously for 2 weeks or more.
- Frozen Pipe Leaks
It’s common for many insurance policies to contain a “freezing” exclusion so that any damage caused by a frozen appliance or liquids that freeze will not be covered.
Here at SERVPRO of Hackensack/Little Ferry, we know how important it is to keep local businesses up and running. That’s why we’re trusted by so many business owners in this community to help deal with water damage and restoration issues.
4 Tips to Keep Your Commercial Property Safe During the Holidays
The holiday season is full of cheer and good will, but it can also be an especially stressful time for local business owners. Many small businesses will be experiencing their busiest sales rush of the year, and it’s easy to get overwhelmed. Other businesses may be closing for a short holiday break or even an extended winter hiatus. Whatever your business model may be, if you make sure you’re prepared for the holiday season, it can help you prevent problems to your commercial property.
Here at SERVPRO Hackensack/Little Ferry, we’re passionate about keeping this community safe from disasters. As a premier locally owned and operated restoration company, we’ve been providing 24-hour emergency services to local businesses and residences for over 10 years. We understand how important preparation and prevention are to keep businesses protected from winter disasters.
Let’s keep your commercial property safe this holiday season! Here are 4 simple tips to help make sure your business stays merry and bright:
Be Smart About Safe Holiday Decorations
- Choose decorations made of non-combustible materials.
- Choose electric or battery-operated candle lights instead of real candles.
- Make sure not to cover or block: fire sprinklers, fire alarms, fire extinguishers, or emergency exit signs.
- Make sure there is clear access to any and all emergency exits.
- If you use extension cords, be careful to keep them out of high traffic areas to prevent trips and falls.
- Be a champion of ladder safety when hanging decorations up high.
- Make sure all electrical decorations are turned off before leaving the building.
Make Sure Your Building Doesn’t Freeze
Pipes that freeze and burst are a winter nightmare for any business owner. Make sure your building is protected from freezing.
If your building is unoccupied, you should still maintain your thermostats at a minimum of 55 degrees. You may even want to run a small trickle of water to keep pipes from freezing. Use insulation to keep pipes from getting too cold, and open up closet and cabinet doors to expose your pipes to warmer room temperatures. You may even want to install an electric sensor to monitor for early detection of a leak.
Keep the Roof Clear of Debris or Snow
Before any winter storms hit, make sure to clean leaves, dirt, and debris from your roof. These can block gutters and downspouts, and if enough debris builds up it can prevent snow from melting, which can lead to heavy snow buildup on your roof.
If/when a storm occurs, make sure you have a snow removal plan in place. You may need to designate an employee or plan for professional snow removal services. What you don’t want is an excess of snow build up, which could cause structural failure or water intrusion into your business.
Make Sure Your Building Is Secure When You’re Closed
Whether you’re shutting down for the winter season or taking a break for the holidays, make sure your business is prepared for safety before everyone leaves.
Shut down any unnecessary office equipment and double check your building alarms and security.
If something happens and your commercial property is in need of professional cleaning or restoration services this holiday season, SERVPRO of Hackensack / Little Ferry will be happy to help! We pride ourselves on being “faster to any disaster” with the highly trained technicians and advanced tools and equipment necessary to get you back to smooth running business operations as quickly as possible.
You can reach us anytime 24/7 at 201-441-1343.
Will You Be Open for Business After a Disaster?
Disasters like water damage, fire damage or flood, no matter how big or small, can never be predicted. But you CAN prepare for them!
The best way to reduce business interruption following a disaster is to plan for it NOW. Preparation is a key component for making it through any size disaster, no matter how big or small.
According to the latest industry research, 50% of all businesses never recover after a disaster. Of the businesses that do open, approximately 75% of those businesses had a plan in place.
One of our most effective tools in helping customers in the event of an emergency is the ERP, or Emergency Ready Profile. This profile provides all the critical information needed in emergency situations, and minimizes business interruption.
The main reason to have an ERP done for your facility or home is:
- It provides a concise Profile Document that contains only the critical information needed in the event of an emergency.
- It is a guide to help you get back into your building following a disaster.
- It is an identification of the line of command for authorizing work to begin.
- It provides facility details such as shut-off valve locations, priority areas and priority contact information.
This invaluable service is offered at no cost to our customers, and leaves them with peace of mind that their home, office or school will be ready for whatever happens.
This service can also be done for residential properties, so homeowners can rest assured they have the information at hand when a disaster strikes.
Be prepared! Call SERVPRO of Hackensack/Little Ferry to schedule your Emergency Ready Profile and rest easily in knowing that we will be faster to your disaster!
Why You Should Get Your HVAC System Inspected This Fall
Have you scheduled a routine inspection of your HVAC system for this Fall?
Now is one of the best times of year to make sure your HVAC system is in good running order, before the cold days of Winter begin. Annual routine maintenance is one of the best things you can do to make sure your HVAC system will be operating at top efficiency when you really need it.
If you’re wondering whether an HVAC system inspection is worth it, here are 5 key benefits you should consider:
If your HVAC system is failing, it can turn into more than just a hassle. A failing HVAC system can endanger you and your family.
HVAC systems function best when they are inspected, serviced, and cleaned on a routine basis.
If one part of your system starts to malfunction, it can create a domino effect that puts the rest of your system in jeopardy. Regular maintenance can prevent system breakdown and add years to the lifespan of your equipment.
Lower Energy Costs
If your HVAC system hasn’t been serviced recently, it is probably no longer operating as efficiently as it ought to be. One significant consequence of this lack of efficiency is higher energy costs for you.
Just like a tune-up ensures that your car has better gas mileage, maintenance on your HVAC system will make it possible for it to run effectively on less fuel. You may be surprised by just how much you can lower your heating costs this Winter.
Fewer Expensive Repair
If you have your HVAC system inspected regularly, you can catch and fix any problems early before they turn into more extensive and expensive repair projects.
Less Chance of a Total Breakdown
On the coldest days of winter, the last thing anyone wants is a heating system that breaks down leaving you freezing and in need of emergency help.
Here at SERVPRO Hackensack / Little Ferry our specially trained technicians can help save you money and offer you greater peace of mind by performing routine HVAC system inspections. We can make recommendations for the best ways to address any of your air quality concerns and make sure your HVAC system will run smoothly all Winter long. To find out more, call us at 201-742-5920
Restoring Your Commercial Property After A Water Damage Event
Commercial Water Damage Events Present Unique Challenges
Flooding and water damage events at Bergen County commercial properties are often complex with numerous issues that require a knowledgeable and flexible response. Whether we’re dealing with a relatively small water cleanup scenario or a large scale event, we work quickly to assess each unique situation and isolate the damaged area. In many instances, normal operations can continue in a temporary space while we restore your facility.
Restoring Commercial Properties Presents Unique Challenges
Our professionals are trained to be mindful of legal and environmental concerns and strive to fully restore the damaged area while working within your budgetary constraints. We understand that every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when an emergency situation arises in your business, give us a call and we’ll be there fast with the help you need.
About SERVPRO of Hackensack/Little Ferry
SERVPRO of Hackensack/Little Ferry specializes in the cleanup and restoration of commercial and residential property after a water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.