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What to do when your commercial business has a fire?

10/31/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial What to do when your commercial business has a fire? Call SERVPRO For Fast, Friendly Fire Remediation Service

The word “fire” strikes fear in the hearts of most people and for good reason. Whether it’s your home or business it can bring life, as you know it, to a screeching halt. 

If your business or commercial property caught on fire, don't panic. Instead, call the professionals of SERVPRO and let us start cleaning up immediately. Acting right now is the key to limiting damages and expediting the restoration process, and choosing our team of industry specialists is the secret to attaining the sophisticated services you deserve. All of our IICRC-certified technicians will work with diligence and determination to get your commercial property back in pristine condition.

Knowing which steps to take in the face of a commercial fire can help prevent you from becoming anxious, losing money, and undergoing extensive property damages. To handle fire damage successfully and speedily, implement the following four tips:

1. Call The Insurance Company Immediately.

Be sure that you call your insurance company once the fire is out. This step is important because your insurance agent will work with you to file a claim and determine how much coverage you'll attain for the commercial damages.

2. Contact A Fire Remediation Expert.

In addition to fire, smoke, and soot damage, your business may also suffer from water damage as a result of the firefighting efforts.

SERVPRO specializes in fire and water damage restoration. We have the specific damage restoration training, personnel, and equipment and can quickly restore your business to pre-fire condition. Don't ever attempt to handle any of the cleanups, drying, or restoration processes on your own. Doing so could put you in peril of injury and illness.

3. Assemble Your Records.

In addition to contacting a fire remediation expert, make sure that you assemble your business's essential records. You'll want to have this information with you when you start working with your insurance company. To guarantee that you can have your entire files ready in a safe place, make a point to buy a fireproof safe where they can be stored.

4.  Get Permission To Reenter The Building.

Always ask the fire department or another local authority whether you can reenter your building. In some cases, a fire can weaken the structural integrity of the commercial property and make it subject to collapse. This is why you need to assure that reentry is safe for you and your employees.

Prevent Water Damage from Dishwasher Leaks.

10/31/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Prevent Water Damage from Dishwasher Leaks. A leak is inconvenient and even costly if you have to close down during cleanup

Many restaurants in rely on dishwashers to keep things ticking over and ensure a regular supply of clean crockery for their customers. A dishwasher is a handy appliance for any eatery looking to save some time and make things run more smoothly. However, just like any appliance, a dishwasher might break down and cause water damage to your premises. A leak is inconvenient and even costly if you have to close down during cleanup.

SERVPRO recommends all restaurant owners take the following steps to take care of their automatic dishwashers and reduce the risk of water damage from leaks.

Tell Staff Not to over fill 
it is tempting to put lots of crockery and cutlery in the tray to get cleaner in each load. However, instruct your staff not to crowd the rack, as an over-filled dishwasher is much more likely to leak. It is better to do a couple of smaller loads than trying to fit everything into one big load.

Do Regular Maintenance On Doors 
Loose hinges, misaligned door latches, or broken seals, can all cause leaks. Sometimes the problem can be fixed by simply adjusting and tightening a few screws. You could use an epoxy patch kit to remedy minor seal breaks. However, if it is not possible to right the door or seal, it is better to replace it.

Check The Tub And Hose 
The tub and hose can both develop faults over time. Constant use might corrode the tub and make a hole, and aging hoses can become unstable or cease to fit properly. Check all the components of the unit regularly and replace it at the first sign of wear and tear.

Use The Correct Detergent 
Make sure every staff member knows which detergent is best. Always use a dishwashing detergent, and always follow the manufacturer instructions. The incorrect dishwashing detergent or too much of the correct cleaning agent might cause suds or even a blockage.

In the event of a leak, SERVPRO’s IICRC-certified technicians are on hand to help with cleanup. We extract water from your premises and use dehumidifiers and air movers to dry the surrounding area so you can resume business as soon as possible.

For help with water damage remediation in SERVPRO

Sprinklers Emptying Completely In A Strip Mall

10/29/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Sprinklers Emptying Completely In A Strip Mall Sprinklers can sometime empty out, flooding whole businesses.

Sometimes a normal day working at a retail store could go terribly wrong. The weekend before Christmas, a Dollar Store had this nightmare. In the back of the store a customer decided to start lighting cards on fire. This caused the sprinklers to go off. This sprinkler system emptied out completely flooding the dollar store, bridal store, office supply store and a large back corridor where shipments are received. There was over 100,000 square feet affected with anywhere from 1 inch to 3 inches of standing water left in the area. After the fire department cleared, this was when SERVPRO of Orange, Sullivan & S. Ulster Counties were called in.

SERVPRO arrived quickly onsite to start scoping out the damages and what needed to be done first. The main priority was getting the water out of the areas and start drying as quickly as possible. SERVPRO called in all crews, a total of 15 people to work that Saturday. After 14 hours the first day, SERVPRO finally got all the water out of the areas ready to start the drying process. Demolition and disposal of some contents were completed both Saturday and Sunday of that weekend. Drying occurred throughout the week. SERVPRO not only set up equipment to get the stores open quickly on Sunday but continued to come back to the stores to setup equipment at night and return early in the morning to move equipment so the stores could stay open.

SERVPRO was there to help the commercial strip mall get back up and running as quickly as possible. We are truly ready for any size disaster. Call us 24/7 at 845-342-3333.

How You Can Prevent Mold In Your School Buildings

10/29/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial How You Can Prevent Mold In Your School Buildings Does your school have a mold problem?

Although not visible to the naked eye, mold spores exist almost everywhere indoors and outdoors.  Spores float in the air, grow on the ground and can even be present on indoor surfaces.  All mold needs to grow is moisture, warmth, oxygen and organic matter for food.   

Microscopic amounts of mold generally aren’t harmful.  However, larger populations can potentially cause serious health problems in those with allergies or weakened immune systems.

With back to school season rapidly approaching, school administrators around are preparing school buildings to be ready for the year.  Occasionally over the summer, mold can cause a potential problem.  

Below are three tips to prevent mold growth in your school district.   

Tip #1: Keep on the HVAC system.

Over the summer, some school administrators make the mistake of turning off HVAC systems in order to save money.  HVAC systems keep humidity in check and by turning them off you can potentially create the perfect environment for mold.  While it may cost more to keep the HVAC system running, it can ultimately save you money in the long run.  

Tip #2: Purchase a humidity sensor.

If keeping your HVAC system on in your school building is not an option, consider buying a humidity sensor.  Rather than running the HVAC system day and night, a humidity sensor can allow you to track the levels of humidity in the air and turn on the HVAC system when necessary. According to Sensors Online, a humidity sensor works by detecting changes that alter electrical currents or temperature in the air.

Tip #3: Keep a watchful eye on problem areas.

Remember, the perfect environment for mold is anywhere that has moisture.  Some problem areas might include storage areas, bathrooms or kitchens in a school.  The earlier you are aware of a mold problem, the less likely you are to suffer costly damages. 


The professionals here at SERVPRO are trained to help you with all of your mold remediation needs.  In as little as 48 hours, a minor mold issue can quickly spread through a home or business. Once you contact us, we’re dedicated to starting the remediation process quickly. This fast response lessens the mold damage, limits additional damage, and reduces the remediation cost.  We are available 24/7 and can be reached at (845)-342-3333.  

Are your Commercial Ducts in a Row?

10/22/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Are your Commercial Ducts in a Row? Call SERVPRO of Orange, Sullivan & So. Ulster Counties.

A building’s heating, ventilation, and air conditioning system (HVAC) and subsequent ducts are the key component to air quality. HVAC and duct cleanliness have a direct impact on the functionality of the equipment as well, a clean system ought to function at maximum capacity. If your system is clean and properly functioning, it should provide you with positive indoor air quality and a lower monthly cost of running your HVAC system.

You can keep your commercial ducts in a row by changing the filters within the system regularly - it is recommended to change them every 90 days. Check any connections for damage. If you can see any damage to the connections, wires, or motors then the damage needs to be repaired immediately in order to keep your HVAC system safe and properly functioning.

You should annually inspect your HVAC system and ducts to see if there is visible mold, a surplus of dust and/or debris, and rodent infestation. Signs of a rodent infestation would be feces and odors in your system or noises occurring in the system. If your HVAC system and ducts have any of these signs then it is time to call in the professionals. SERVPRO has highly trained cleanup and restoration technicians that will provide you with a free estimate for your HVAC system and ductwork.

If you notice that your system isn’t working as well as it normally does such as an increase in electrical bill costs or the system is running more often than usual then it may be time for a cleaning as well. If your system is regularly providing you with maintenance issues such as improper temperature or humidity issues, these may be signs or symptoms of your HVAC system needing a checkup.

SERVPRO of Orange County understands the significance of a properly functioning HVAC and duct system. We want to help you do all you can to maintain your system. When you are in need of professional cleanup and restoration of your commercial ducts call SERVPRO.

Fire Damage Restoration Process

10/22/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Fire Damage Restoration Process Call SERVPRO of Orange, Sullivan & So. Ulster Counties.

Having fire damage in your commercial property can be upsetting and shocking. When you experience such losses, you get reassurance from getting clear support and guidance in rescuing as much as possible from the fire damage. We are here to help you get your property back to its prior state before the damage. Our crew of technicians is experienced and trained to help you get back your home or commercial property as fast possible. We can fix any imaginable kind of fire damage. Fire damage comes in different forms and causes which include;

  • Kitchen grease and stove burners fire
  • Electrical fires probably due to overloaded electrical outlets and faulty wiring
  • Accidental fire ignitions such as from flammables like propane and gasoline

These are just a few of the many probable causes of fire at your home or business property. If you experience such tragedies in the Hudson Valley, we are here to help you by;

Identifying the source of the fire

This helps us to come up with the best solution possible for restoration. We evaluate the degree of the loss so that we can determine the best approach to start the restoration.

Assessing the damage

In this process, we evaluate to see if there are further damages like water damages that might have resulted from the firefighting process. We then deal with the water damage if there is any.

Removal of items from the building

We will need to vacate the building to ensure that all parts are touched during the restoration process.

Structural restoration

This involves the cleanup of charred contents, evaluation of floor coverings and carpets that may need removal, inspecting the house for safety, disinfection and treatment of the areas and smoke odor removal.

Returning the items

We help you get the items back to their location assisting you to restore your normal life.

Fire damage is at times an inevitable tragedy, and we are here to see things get easier for you. Contact us for help. We are available 24/7 to offer you help whenever you need us.

Commercial Mold is Serious

10/25/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Commercial Mold is Serious This is the mold found on a wall of a commercial building in its utility room after water heater broke.

In certain large buildings undiscovered water damage could be unfound for a long period of time. There are certain areas that could even dry before being discovered. The photo with this blog shows an area showing after they had a small leak in one of the many boiler rooms. It is important to have checks daily on the areas where water damage could happen. Regular maintenance should be done on all machinery and equipment in the commercial building. You should also always have a plumber on speed dial just in case water damage arises. If this happens, the quicker you fix the damage; call SERVPRO to begin drying, the less secondary damage you may have. This building in the photo did not do their checks and balances. Once they had a large water damage that started coming down the hallway is when we discovered the mold growth behind the walls in the utility room.

Be Prepared, Have an Exit Plan

10/25/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Be Prepared, Have an Exit Plan Important arrows marking the exit plan.

If you are a building owner with tenants or a property manager, you should always have an exit plan in case of a serious fire or water damage in the building. Part of the plan should be multiple exits for all occupants of the building and a meeting spot for each group of people. There should never be a question when an emergency arises where people should go and what to do. It is very important to have your occupants, staff or visiting persons apprised of this information and is prepared. The details of these plans should be both a visual drawing and written directions. If you are able to, the building should have arrows marked on all areas where the exit plan is activated. For example, take a look at the photo. Never forget, SERVPRO is always here to help in case of an emergency in your commercial building.

What to do when your commercial business has a fire?

10/16/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial What to do when your commercial business has a fire? Call SERVPRO of North Orange County to deal with all of your fire damage needs on any commercial property.

Call SERVPRO for Commercial Fire Damage Restoration and Repair Service

Commercial fire damage repair may not be something you think you will ever need for your business, but the unfortunate reality is some businesses will experience a fire damaging event. Fires can be caused by an electrical shortage from overloading an extension cord to a lightning strike. Especially common are cooking accidents in restaurants. As soon as the flames are extinguished by firefighters, you may begin to worry what steps are required to resume business as usual. The best advice is to be prepared for this possible event and have a plan.

The Damage Caused by a Fire

When you experience commercial fire damage to your Chester business, you may reflect on the mess left behind in the charred ruins of the property. However, the damage you need to contend with will go far beyond the ashes. To repair the property entirely after experiencing a damaging fire, you will need to seek the help of a professional team like SERVPRO. Water may have to be extracted after the firefighters' efforts. The smoke damage may cause more of a problem that the burnt materials from the fire. While a fire may be contained in one area of the building, smoke can fill most or all of the areas, and it can cause significant damage and odors. Our trained Fire & Smoke Damage Restoration Technicians (FSRT) can resolve these issues. When smoke and water damage are dealt with appropriately, the structure will not show any aftereffects. "Like it never even happened."

A fire loss within your enterprise, whether a retail store, rental apartment building, professional office, or a warehouse, costs you customer goodwill and loss of profitability when business cannot be conducted. We can generate a corporate program called the Contents Claim Inventory Service (CCIS.) This report will categorize all affected materials, furniture and equipment, stock, electronics, and documents. We suggest what is salvageable, non-salvageable, or questionable. The final decision rests with you and your insurance company as to how we proceed. SERVPRO is a preferred commercial fire damage restoration company to more than 300 insurance companies, federal and municipal entities, and property management companies. We willingly coordinate efforts with your insurance adjuster to efficiently and economically restore your business in the best manner possible.

When to Make the Call

After you have dealt with commercial fire damage, you may ask yourself when do you need to make the call to a professional for assistance. The time to contact SERVPRO of North Orange County is as soon as the fire is out. Our business is to get you back in business. Rely on us, 24/7 for an immediate response, by calling (845) 342-3333.

Orange County Businesses - Does your business have water damage?

10/16/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Orange County Businesses - Does your business have water damage? You can trust the professionals of SERVPRO of North Orange County will get your business back up and running after a water damage

Water intrusion in one room can mean water damage in other rooms. This can only be the start of other damages. 

Water intrusions invade floors, ceilings and walls to find the lowest point in your business’ structure. Water from an overflowing bathroom stall or other water incidents will search for pinhole crevices and cracks in your floors and walls looking for a way to travel down in the building.

Some common signs of water damage in your business include:

  • Water rings on the ceilings or walls
  • Warped or cracked flooring
  • Rust on the hot water heater
  • A smell could develop

If your business has recently fallen victim to water damage, you may be wondering what you can do to mitigate your damages.  There is a critical period in which certain actions must be taken to preserve as much of your property as possible. SERVPRO focuses on keeping the business operational or getting the business back up and running quickly.

You can depend on SERVPRO of North Orange County to provide reasonable prices for water damage and other services in the Middletown area.  Our restoration services include cleanup after water damage, fire damage and storm damage.  Our trained and certified IICRC technicians are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to begin your business’s restoration.  Whether the water damage is big or small, call us at 845-342-3333.  

SERVPRO is Faster to Any Size Disaster

10/16/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial SERVPRO is Faster to Any Size Disaster Call SERVPRO of North Orange County and we will make it "Like it never even happened."

SERVPRO of North Orange County is a part of a large franchise system. There are over 1,700 franchises in the country and Canada. SERVPRO of North Orange County is a part of the Large Loss Team. This means that we are prepared with equipment and man power to mitigate large commercial losses. These could include fire damage, water damage or mold remediation. SERVPRO is always on call ready to help. Any size disaster we can handle. We are ready 24/7 to help business owners mitigate their loss and open quickly after the disaster or figure out a plan to keep the business open. Any questions about how we prepare, feel free to call our office at 845-342-3333. You may ask for our office manager, Brittany. She is ready at any time to answer your questions

Emergency Ready Profile FAQ

10/16/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Emergency Ready Profile FAQ SERVPRO is ready for whatever happens.

ERP FAQ

The marketing team at SERVPRO® of North Orange County has been busy helping local businesses prepare for their next challenge by creating an Emergency Ready Profile® (ERP). Here are the most frequent questions we encounter when introducing the ERP to property managers and business owners.

What Is an ERP?

An Emergency Ready Profile® compiled by a SERVPRO® franchise professional is a document that organizes critical emergency information so that a property owner or manager can respond quickly and efficiently to a disaster. While many emergency plans focus on getting people out of a building safely, our plan aims to get everyone back in the building again as soon as possible.

What Will an ERP Cost?

There is no charge for an ERP. Homeowners are encouraged to download the SERVPRO® Ready Plan App to create their own personal Emergency Ready Profile® for their home. Commercial property owners and business managers can contact their local SERVPRO® franchise to have a professional come out and create the profile for them.

What Is in It for You?

With an ERP, you will be able to reduce business interruption and quickly mitigate a loss following an adverse event, saving both time and money. Important information like where to find your water, gas, electric and sprinkler shutoffs and key contacts for beginning restoration will be right at your fingertips in the SERVPRO® Ready Plan App, and you will be able to share this information quickly and easily with anyone who needs it.

What Is in It for SERVPRO®?

You may be wondering what’s in it for us if there is no charge for an ERP. That is a fair question. First, we hope that helping you prepare before you need our services makes it more likely you will think of us when disaster strikes. Second, we know that having this information organized ahead of time will allow us to better serve you should you choose to call us following an adverse event. However, even if you never use our services, we will still have the satisfaction of helping our community be better equipped to survive a disaster.

Who Has Access to Your Information?

Once we compile a commercial ERP, we deliver the following to the business owner or any approved personal at your company:

  • A printed document ERP.
  • A username and password for each user the mobile Ready Plan app version of your ERP, so you can immediately share it with all necessary parties at your discretion.

Here at SERVPRO® of Orange, Sullivan & S. Ulster the document is stored locally on our server, and the mobile version is stored in the SERVPRO® corporate Ready Plan app, in case you need us to respond to an emergency at your site.

Schedule Your Commercial ERP Today

Call us today to schedule your commercial ERP, so we can help your business be ready for whatever Mother Nature sends your way. Contact brittany.johnson@ocSERVPRO.com or 845-342-3333.

Orange County Commercial Businesses - Protect Yourself From A Fire

8/8/2016 (Permalink)

Commercial Orange County Commercial Businesses - Protect Yourself From A Fire Do not let your business go up in flames!

The owner of a commercial business has many things to keep track of.  From the amount of profit the business is drawing in, keeping track of the competition and struggling to stay on top, it is easy for owners to forget about something as important as fire safety.  

 

According to the National Fire Protection Agency, in 2014 alone there were 1,298,000 fires reported in the United States.  These fires caused 3,275 civilian deaths, 15,775 civilian injuries and $11.6 billion in property damage.  

It is imperative that business owners and employees in a commercial business understand the most common causes for commercial fires so they can avoid them.  According to safety.blr.com there are 8 common causes of workplace fires and how you can avoid them.    

  1. Heating equipment

Heating equipment can easily cause commercial fires if they are improperly installed, operated or not maintained correctly.  Make sure to keep any materials or building components away from the minimum clearance distances on all sides and above.  Do not use any temporary heating units like portable heaters in public buildings and never store combustible materials in furnace rooms.    

  1. Electrical

Misused, overloaded, damaged or improperly maintained electrical equipment are a common cause of a workplace fire.  Do not leave any cords coiled up when plugged in and only use extension cords for temporary power for equipment in use at the moment.  Use multiple outlet strips for computer equipment, not for appliances of other electric equipment.  Avoid overloading circuits.  

  1. Cooking equipment

Make sure all of the cooking equipment in your breakroom never go unwatched when they are being used.  Ensure any room with cooking materials is equipped with a smoke detector.  In addition, be sure to follow cooking instructions for anything that is made in the microwave.  

  1. Mechanical friction

Keep mechanical bearings properly lubricated and aligned. Keep conveyors and mobile equipment cleaned and free of accumulations of combustible materials. Any improperly maintained or cleaned mechanical equipment can lead to a fire.   

  1. Housekeeping

Not only can poor housekeeping conditions cause a fire, it can also make it that much easier for an existing fire to spread.  Avoid excessive storage of boxes and other combustible material.  In order to ensure your employees can get out in case of a fire or other emergency, make sure stored material never blocks exits, walkways, electrical panels or emergency equipment.     

  1. Proximity hazards

Nearby fuel tanks or dumpsters could cause a fire hazard.  Avoid putting them extremely close to your building.  In addition, keep landscaping neat to avoid excess grass, weeds or brush near your business.

  1. Smoking

Consider banning smoking from your facility.  Poor setup of smoking areas and people who are careless with their cigarette butts can put everyone at risk for a fire.  

  1. Special Hazards

Keep track of any special hazards your business might have.  Examples of this would be any cutting/welding and other hot work that could produce flames, flammable liquid, storage and handling, chemicals, hay or leaves.



SERVPRO of Orange, Sullivan & S.Ulster Counties is Here For All Your Commercial Needs


With over 30 years of experience, SERVPRO of Orange, Sullivan & S.Ulster Counties is the business to trust with your commercial fire, water, storm damages and more.  Our  trained professionals are available 24/7 with all of your commercial business restoration needs.  Call us at (845) 342-3333 to find out more information.  

Auto Body Shop Fire

7/14/2016 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Orange, Sullivan & S. Ulster Counties was called into a fire loss at an Auto Body Shop. The fire was caused by a lift mechanics burning up. Multiple cars were burnt and many other mechanics were severely damaged. SERVPRO was able to get a crew of 20 people there for a short period of time to get everything cleaned up at the Auto Body Shop. Also, SERVPRO was able to call in an Electronics Restoration Company to check all the machines to see if they are restorable. Restoring is inexpensive compared to replacing. SERVPRO focuses on restoring as much as possible to keep costs down and minimize replacement. Even though the Auto Body Shop was closed for a longer period of time, they were happy with SERVPROs services and glad they got there quickly to clean and restore a great amount of their machinery and equipment. 

Sprinklers Emptying Completely in a Strip Mall

7/14/2016 (Permalink)

Sometimes a normal day working at a retail store could go terribly wrong. The weekend before Christmas, a Dollar Store had this nightmare. In the back of the store a customer decided to start lighting cards on fire. This caused the sprinklers to go off. This sprinkler system emptied out completely flooding the dollar store, bridal store, office supply store and a large back corridor where shipments are received. There was over 100,000 square feet affected with anywhere from 1 inch to 3 inches of standing water left in the area. After the fire department cleared, this was when SERVPRO of Orange, Sullivan & S. Ulster Counties were called in.

SERVPRO arrived quickly onsite to start scoping out the damages and what needed to be done first. The main priority was getting the water out of the areas and start drying as quickly as possible. SERVPRO called in all crews, a total of 15 people to work that Saturday. After 14 hours the first day, SERVPRO finally got all the water out of the areas ready to start the drying process. Demolition and disposal of some contents were completed both Saturday and Sunday of that weekend. Drying occurred throughout the week. SERVPRO not only set up equipment to get the stores open quickly on Sunday but continued to come back to the stores to setup equipment at night and return early in the morning to move equipment so the stores could stay open.

SERVPRO was there to help the commercial strip mall get back up and running as quickly as possible. We are truly ready for any size disaster. Call us 24/7 at 845-342-3333.