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Water damage in your Commercial Property
Large business structures are slightly less vulnerable to leaks and flooding than individual homes. The building materials are more likely to be concrete and steel rather than wood which gives them more resistance.
Being right on the mouth of the Altamaha River means commercial water damage to Darien businesses is can be greater than in other parts of Georgia. Despite the imposing nature of warehouses and other storage facilities, damage can and will happen. Worse, the nature of the material in larger structures can even hide the damage for a long time.SERVPRO has the experience and personnel to deal with the special requirements needed to put your business back together.
Cinder block is resistant to moisture, but that same resistance also makes drying it more difficult than other building materials. If the space inside the blocks has equalized to the outside environment, trapped moisture will not vaporize and eventually work its way outside of the walls. If the affected blocks have been painted with a gloss or semi-gloss paint, this serves as a vapor barrier, making vaporizing almost impossible.
To defeat this, our technicians will begin by drilling holes into the mortar at the bottom row of blocks to allow water to flow out. This also provides air circulation through the affected wall sections. If the sections contain any insulation (fiberglass, foam or vermiculite) this will increase drying time. In some cases, if it is possible, air movers may be deployed to force air into the cinder blocks.
There is one other factor that can slow our process and that is the presence of bond beams. These beams are made of concrete and provide extra support to the cinder block. They also greatly restrict airflow which means our technicians will need to drill more holes into the mortar.
To make sure that the drying process has completed, one of our inspectors will use a non-penetrating moisture meter to ensure the interior has returned to a normal level. To make certain they have the correct number, the inspector will measure unaffected areas before any work begins.
Completing the drying process in a commercial structure is an involved and time-consuming one. It needs to be done, however, because too much water and moisture will eventually compromise even cinder block. SERVPRO of Bryan, Effingham, McIntosh & East Liberty Counties is here to help with the best training and equipment in the restoration business. Call us today at (912) 445-5190 to get started.
Always ready when you need us!
SERVPRO of Bryan, Effingham, McIntosh, and East Liberty Counties is available for you 24 hours, 7 days a week. We understand that a water or fire will not come Monday at 9 AM so we need to respond to your large loss when it happens at 9 PM. We know that when your business shuts down unexpectedly it can be extremely devastating.
If you receive a call from your employee in the middle of the night that water is pouring through your office or warehouse, you need us ready. We have vehicles always stocked with drying equipment, extracting equipment, and demolition tools.
The best way to have us on site and be proficient is through our Emergency Ready Plan. If you have any questions about our ERP Program, call our office at (912) 445-5190.
We mean business for your property
When it comes to your commercial property, we mean business. You need a company that can minimize the disruption to your clients while delivering superior results. Whether you need professional cleaning to make your business shine, or emergency water restoration services, SERVPRO of Bryan, Effingham, McIntosh, and East Liberty Counties has the training and expertise to help make it “Like it never even happened.” Listed below are different services that we can offer. If you have any questions, please give us a call!
- Small Office Buildings
- Large Office/High-Rise Office Buildings
- Apartment Buildings
- Small Retail Stores
- Large Retail/Big-Box Stores
- High-Rise Residential
- Manufacturing & Industrial
If you need these services, please give us a call at 912-445-5190. We are always there to help!
Items in Your Business after the Water Loss
A broken pipe can transport water, bacteria, mold and debris into your property. Apart from the bad smell, the damage can be serious enough for you to throw away important documents or equipment. While a pipe burst cleanup should always be completed by a sewer cleanup company, there are immediate steps you can take to save your items and keep your environment safe.
1. Unplug Electronic Appliances
Entering a wet room that has appliances plugged into outlets can be dangerous. Getting your electronic devices out of a water damaged room as soon as possible can prevent them from short circuiting and keep the cleaning crew safe. Take care while transporting your items; don't yank the cord out of the outlet too fast, or it might spark.
2. Use Disinfectant
A pipe burst can cause bacteria to build-up. To thoroughly disinfect your items, avoid simply drying them with a rag or towel. Instead, use a quality disinfectant cleaner on any hard surfaces such as furniture. You don't need to search far and wide for a good cleaning product; local grocery stores typically carry several reputable brands.
3. Consult with Professionals
If the situation is unfortunate enough so that important items like paintings, books or photographs are damaged, you shouldn't immediately throw them away. There are professional cleaners in our area that specialize in restoring such items. Call them right away to see if you can do anything to salvage your items. Sometimes, they might recommend rinsing them with water to prevent stains from setting.
A sewer cleanup company can usually send professionals to your home or business promptly for an emergency pipe burst cleanup. However, if you have to wait, taking these steps on your own can help minimize some of the damage. You don't have to spend a lot of money replacing your items if you get them away from a broken pipe and leaking water as soon as possible.
Also check out our Emergency Ready Plan option for business owners. It will only benefit you in a disaster such as a pipe burst!
Emergency Ready Plan (ERP)
Whenever a leak happens in your business, do you trust that the person in the business knows exactly what to do? Do they know where each valve for the water is located? Do they know who can be there to help remove the water? Lucky for you, they don't have to. With our Emergency Ready Plan, they will just call us, and we know the answers to all of these questions!
As many as 50% of businesses may never fully recover following a disaster, according to industry research. Of the businesses that survive, the overwhelming majority of them had a preparedness plan in place. Pre-planning can serve as an insurance policy aimed at peace of mind. 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, fire, sewage, and mold damage can affect your business.
Contact our office today at (912)445-5190 for a FREE Emergency Ready Profile for your business.
SERVPRO of Bryan, Effingham, McIntosh, and East Liberty Counties, is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year to assist you in the event of a loss!
Hurricanes with your business property
Preparation is Key for Water Damage Remediation
SERVPRO's Emergency Ready Profile (ERP) system allows business owners to easily keep track of all properties and locations during a hurricane, and respond appropriately. Using the tool, you can create multiple individualized profiles and information sets for each property you own, and with just a few clicks after an emergency, our technicians will have all the information they need to get to work on mitigating damage. As a result, they can save owners of multiple properties, such as landlords, thousands in repair costs after a hurricane by responding quickly to each location.
During a hurricane, commercial water damage in apartments and rental properties can come in the form of flooding, staining, physical damages, rain exposure, and any of a host of other small problems. Usually, our technicians have to spend precious time evaluating the building and formulating an approach, but this process is hastened with SERVPRO's ERP system. Through it, they can access relevant contact information, building plans and layouts, and critical information about utility systems. This is especially useful in attached properties, which may share utilities and resources with neighboring locations.
Generally, the information you submit to the ERP system is the same information that we will ask for during the emergency. The main difference is that instead of having to operate under heavy time constraints and rely on you to be available to provide that information, we can access the information digitally and before we even arrive. When a disaster like a hurricane hits, you can log onto our website or open up the app and have us responding with all the info we need in seconds. For apartments and rental properties, this can include relevant information and contact routes for tenants, ensuring that they make it through the process unscathed as well.
SERVPRO of Bryan, Effingham, McIntosh, and East Liberty Counties operates on the principle of mitigation to respond around the clock and save landlords thousands in restoration costs. Call us at (912) 445-5190 for our help or to learn more about the ERP system.
After the Fire...
Most full-service restoration specialists offer boarding-up services. Here are four reasons to board-up after a fire.
1. You need to keep out the elements. If the structure of your property has sustained extensive damage, you should try to keep the elements out. Exposure to additional water, wind, or sunlight can compound the damage caused by smoke residue and soot.
2. There is still viable stock on the premises. If products that appear viable remain in the building, you should consider boarding up. These items may require assessment and cleaning and may not be fit for sale but having them properly processed rather than stolen can be helpful for insurance purposes.
3. You want to protect electronics and other valuables. Depending on the extent of the fire damage, you may be able to restore some electronics or other valuable property to working condition. Loss can be far more expensive than restoration or covered replacement.
4. You want to limit soot damage. It is generally a good idea to reduce foot traffic on the scene of a recent fire. When soot gets embedded into carpeting or upholstery, it can be much more difficult to restore these materials to a pre-fire condition.
Your major concern is likely to be how to recover from fire damage as quickly and completely as possible. Preventing looting and exposure to the elements can make fire cleanup more successful. Here at SERVPRO of Bryan, Effingham, McIntosh, and East Liberty Counties we will always put our customers first.
Tips on How to Prevent your Place of Business from Water Leaks
When owning or managing a place of business, disasters are always in the back of your mind. What if something happens and you have to be closed for a significant amount of time? Something such as a water leak can do this to a place of business. So what can you do to prevent this from happening?
Check the usual suspects of a water leak. Appliances, pipes and drains, and the roof are these suspects. The older these things are, the more often you need to check them. When you are checking these items if you see something wrong, immediately get them fixed. Keep a close eye on lose hose connections and caulk areas since these are simple fixes. In addition, you should continue to update maintenance on all appliances and equipment. In regards to the outside of your place of business, keep the gutters free of debris. This will help reduce the likelihood of your roof being damaged.
In addition, you should look into SERVPRO’s ERP (Emergency Ready Profile) which goes into play when a disaster strikes your place of business. If you want to inquire about the ERP or have a disaster happen at your place of business, call us at (912) 445-5190, and we will make it look “Like it never even happened."
Work in Historic Downtown
SERVPRO of Bryan, Effingham, McIntosh, and East Liberty Counties responded to a call to a historic building in Savannah early one morning. The Marshall House is Savannah’s oldest and most recognized hotel. It has beautiful hallways filled with local history. They provide guests with a wonderful stay to see the charm downtown Savannah has to offer. So when we got a call to help out this historic building, we were overjoyed to do this for our community. Because of a faulty sprinkler system, we moved furniture out of danger to water damage. In addition, we placed fans and dehumidifiers to remove moisture from the air. Not only was it wonderful to help a local treasure, it was amazing to be working in such a historic building. It was simply beautiful!
Water Damage to Rental Property
SERVPRO of Bryan, Effingham, McIntosh, and East Liberty Counties restored a rental property due to water damage. The rental townhome had been vacant for about a month when the landlord went to inspect the apartment before getting ready for remodeling. This landlord saw some water damage on the ceiling. The pipe above that particular room was slowly leaking causing slight damage. The landlord called us to then do a further inspection of the damaged area. We were able to come in and restore the ceiling before the leak had the chance to completely destroy that area in the home. The landlord was lucky she went to remodel or the damage would not have been found until a few months later when she went to rent out the apartment.
A Headache You Did Not Cause -- Fire Damage From A Neighboring Business in Richmond Hill
RIchmond Hill Fire Damage to Businesses Can Be Devastating
Trust SERVPRO for Keeping Your Establishment Open After a Fire
Retail outlets, restaurants, and offices commonly share the same building. That means fire in the kitchen of a restaurant in the same location has the potential to damage the structure, fixtures, records, and equipment in your medical office or other storefront business. Get the restoration help your company needs from SERVPRO after a neighbor suffers a fire.
Stored records, furnishings, and equipment in your office and patient or client areas risk smoke, soot, and other fire damage when another Richmond Hill commercial tenant near you fights a blaze. Shared HVAC systems, common walls, and building-wide sprinkler systems distribute the consequences of a fire and its extinguishing among the tenants within the larger premises. A full-service restoration company like ours brings the skills, training, and experience to recover all items harmed in your office by the neighboring fire.
Water damage is almost always a part of fire damage, and when combined with soot and smoke, compromises any paper filing system you use on the site. Harm to specialized equipment, including electronic devices, brings the work in your space to a halt. Our command of restoration services is broad, permitting us to offer everything from structural restoration or replacement to the drying and cleaning of critical records and machines use in your trade. SERVPRO staff train to complete state of the art document drying and cleaning and the particular needs of modern electronic equipment.
Our staff, working under your guidance, ascertain which of your documents require drying. We also help you to establish a hierarchy, which informs our drying order, and to create an inventory, so we find needed documents for you quickly. We select from air drying, dehumidification, freezer drying, and two types of vacuum drying -- below freezing or thermal -- depending on the circumstance. Most of our efforts focus on creating the process of sublimation, where water vapor is removed from the articles that were frozen solid without going through the moisture’s liquid phase. SERVPRO commonly removes documents from the site to effect freezing temperatures and operate our specialized vacuum dryers.
When working with your wet, sooty, and smoke damaged equipment we emphasize safety first, disconnecting power sources. We discuss the advantages of collaborating with electronic damage contractors with you and work cooperatively with them if engaged to help. Best practices are to keep the temperature above the dew point to avoid interior condensation and using ambient heat to dry out the components of your equipment. Throughout all steps of restoration, we keep your, and the other business’s property insurance company, informed and help you complete needed forms to limit your liability.
Restoring commercial fire damage is a complicated undertaking especially when you were not the responsible party. SERVPRO of Bryan, Effingham, McIntosh & East Liberty Counties is ready to streamline the process as much as possible. Call (912) 445-5190 for an inspection and formulation of a comprehensive plan.
Differences Between Small and Large Mold Colonies
Rincon Mold Remediation Keeps Commerce Going
Size Does Matter, SERVPRO Customizes Mold Remediation
Mold damage is hard to remove no matter what species is growing in what quantity, but make no mistake, there are major differences between our treatment of small mold colonies and large ones. Everything from the machines we use to the safety precautions we take can vary depending on the size and intensity of the mold colony in question. In any case, SERVPRO makes sure to fully quarantine and treat the affected area, with measures appropriate for size and spread of damage.
Small areas of mold damage in a commercial Rincon structure are generally relatively easy for us to deal with, although you should still never attempt to remove it yourself. Mold is potentially dangerous, and without thorough sanitation measures, can easily be spread when a cleaning attempt is made. For small patches of mold damage, we first set up a quarantine, preventing the mold from spreading outside of its immediate area. This quarantine may be in just a small corner or an entire room. After this, we begin setting up drying and sanitizing machines and processes, killing off mold and preventing further spores from growing. For some cases, a business may be able to continue as usual while a small section is quarantined.
Large Patches and Extensive Damage
When the mold has had a chance to grow out of hand, it often requires a larger quarantine (containment) and temporary closure of business. Large mold colonies can spread their spores by air, meaning HVAC systems must be cleaned out and other areas of the structure must be carefully examined for mold damage and propagation. Additionally, high volumes of gas and spores produced by these colonies can create greater health risks. Large mold colonies also often have sister colonies in hidden places such as behind walls and above ceilings, making containment and full evaluation a much longer and more difficult process. From protecting your merchandise, customers, and employees to offering excellent service, we can unintrusively deal with mold remediation.
SERVPRO of Bryan, Effingham, McIntosh & East Liberty Counties has the equipment and training to handle commercial mold damage of all sizes and intensities. For our fast and reputable service, give us a call at (912) 445-5190.
Commercial Flooding to a Crescent Restaurant
Crescent Restaurant Suffers a Flood
SERVPRO Services that Help Restaurants to Reopen Doors Quickly
Restaurants are some of the most commonly flooded businesses in America, as they are prone to some risk factors that can lead to significant water and flood damage year-round. Many restaurants are located near rivers, creeks, lakes, or shores, making them vulnerable to heavy rainfalls which cause banks to overflow. Restaurants also have high amounts of water usage as compared to other businesses, which can lead to more interior and clear water flooding than in other commercial establishments. Fortunately, SERVPRO knows how to get a restaurant's doors back open as quickly as possible after these damages, through a few key services.
Inventory and Stock Management
One of the most difficult tasks to accomplish alone after commercial water damage in Crescent is to take inventory of what has been lost, damaged, or left alone in the building. Everything from furniture to valuable kitchen equipment to food stock can be accounted for and should be, for insurance purposes. SERVPRO can help you to keep track of your losses and get proper repayment from an insurer after the event is said and done.
Rapid Restoration Services
We have access to a wide variety of powerful tools and machines to help accelerate the process of water removal and restoration, including high-powered air movers, water extractors, deodorizing foggers, UV sanitizers, and more. When used strategically, these machines help businesses to open doors quicker than expected after even the worst water damage.
Cohesive Teams and Helpful Policies
We strive to ensure that a restaurant owner understands the process of restoration and can talk to our teams and representatives. Also, our staff is assembled in a way that encourages cohesiveness and cooperation. This also extends to our "white collar" representatives, who can present documentation to insurance adjusters and regulators with maximum efficacy.
SERVPRO of Bryan, Effingham, McIntosh & East Liberty Counties is a trusted local source of commercial repairs and restorations. Contact us at (912) 445-5190 for our help with your disaster in inconvenience.