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Protect Your Business From Scary Commercial Water Damage

9/11/2020 (Permalink)

commercial water damage tips Protect your business from potental water disasters

Your family depends on your business. So do your employees, as well as your customers and community. So the thought of commercial water damage caused by extreme weather or plumbing failure is scary. But you don’t have to be scared. A little planning and a few precautions will help you breathe a little easier, knowing you’re ready for any commercial water damage contingency,

Commercial Water Damage Tip: Think it Through

Start by asking yourself, “What if?”

That’s a powerful question when it comes to reducing commercial water damage risk. For instance, what if a water main bursts and floods your office? This always leads to more questions, such as how will you ensure the safety of your employees and customers? Or how will you prevent or eliminate business disruptions that might result in cash flow problems? How will you communicate with employees during emergencies or periods of disruption (say, when a pipe bursts and requires the main power to be shut off during repairs)? Make notes of your answers to all your questions, because organizing this information is the basis for the next key step in preventing and minimizing commercial water damage: making a plan.

Commercial Water Damage Tip: Make a Plan

While thinking through possible commercial water damage scenarios for your business, you made notes of the solutions you came up with for your “what if?” questions. Now put your thinking into action to craft an emergency plan for your business. A good emergency plan should provide for the safety of all people who could enter your business, as well as set forth processes and procedures for carrying on with business during a variety of challenges.

It should include, at the very least:

  • an emergency contact list (accessible from off-site)
  • emergency procedures
  • emergency staffing instructions
  • vendor lists and contact info
  • data backup plans and other resources to support business operations in case you have to temporarily or permanently relocate your business operations.

You should note that this plan is never finished. You should always be updating and improving it with lessons you learn during any business disruption.

Commercial Water Damage Tip: Inspect, Repair, Repeat

Stuff gets old. It breaks. It fails. When plumbing or water-management equipment in your commercial facility fails, the resulting water damage restoration costs can stack up fast. So the operative word for commercial water damage prevention is maintenance.

Routinely inspect all visible plumbing, test basement sump pumps, check exterior gutters and downspouts, muck out drainage ditches and storm drains, and ensure roof structures are in good repair. Commercial property managers generally agree that a water leak on a commercial property is the most costly problem you can have, often costing thousands of dollars to mitigate, once the problem develops. Good property maintenance can lop off a big chunk of commercial water damage risk, so don’t cut corners on repairs.

Smoke Alone Can Do a lot of Damage To Your Business

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Smoke damage Smoke damage can happen throughout your business when there's a fire.

Fire, smoke, and soot can affect anything in your business or home, from the structure to personal belongings. After a fire, contacting a cleaning professional may be the best decision you can make.

Smoke and soot facts:

  • Hot smoke migrates to cooler areas and upper levels of a structure.
  • Smoke flows around plumbing systems, seeping through the holes used by pipes to go from floor to floor.
  • The type of smoke may greatly affect the restoration process.

Different Types of Smoke:

There are two different types of smoke–wet and dry. As a result, there are different types of soot residue after a fire. 

  • Wet Smoke – Plastic and Rubber
  • Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, smeary. Smoke webs can be more difficult to clean.
    Dry Smoke – Paper and Wood
  • Fast burning, high temperatures, heat rises therefore smoke rises.
  • Protein Fire Residue – Produced by evaporation of material rather than from a fire

Virtually invisible, discolors paints and varnishes, extreme foul odor. 

Since each smoke and fire damage situation is a little different, each one requires a unique solution. We have the equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your fire and smoke damage.

Steps to Take Immediately After a Storm Damage

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storm damage tips When the storm hits, know what to do

Storm damage can occur at any time and can cause an immense amount of harm to your home. Heavy rains can cause flooding and powerful winds can cause roof damage and downed trees on your property. Some post-storm damage can create safety and health hazards as well, so having a strategy to deal with damage will help you to be ready to take steps immediately after the storm.

Take Safety Precautions

Heavy winds and rain can create physical hazards such as collapsed roofing materials, window damage, collapsed walls, or standing water in the basement or home interior. In addition, moisture can soak into furniture, carpeting, and building materials making the perfect environment for mold growth that can cause health effects. Shut off the main gas line if you smell gas. Beware of broken glass, exposed nails, and other sharp objects on the property. Contact SERVPRO of Kendall County tohelp do basic tasks to secure your property and make it safe to use. If necessary, arrange for an alternative place for you and your family to live while your property is being restored to safe living conditions.

Photograph the Damage

If it is safe to move around your property, use your cellphone or a camera to photograph the damage so that you will have a record for your insurance company. This action will ensure that you are fully compensated.

Contact Your Insurance Company

Contact your insurance agent to notify them about the damage to your home immediately. The company will send out an adjuster to determine the extent of the damage so that payment for repairs can be made.

Ways to Protect Your Property from a Storm Surge

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storm protection for your home Protect your home from storms that produce high winds

Storms can cause heavy rain and power breakouts, which causes many more problems for homeowners. Hence, residents of Kendall County must know the necessary tips to prevent storm damage to their homes.

If proper precautions are not taken when necessary, the damage done by these natural disasters can be devastating. So, instead of ignoring the signs, it’s better to take the right preventive measures beforehand. 
Here are a few tips you can follow to protect your property from a storm surge.

• Trim Your Trees
Storm damage prevention doesn’t just mean that you need to secure your house. You also need to make sure that others don’t get hurt because of the trees on your property. Those tall, beautiful trees might add to the aesthetics of your house but stormy winds can make them a danger for everyone. So, make sure you trim them so that they don’t hurt anyone.

• Keep a Standby Power Source
High winds can disrupt the power lines of your area, and a heavy storm can even blow up the transformers. This is why you need to have a standby power system in your home as a backup. You can either buy a home generator or a power inverter device to keep the power on in the event of power outages.

• Pack Up All Your Outdoor Decorations and Furniture
Your chairs, tables, and couches might look great on your porch but during a storm, all these things can be hazardous for your property. Your outdoor furniture items can wreak havoc if they get picked up by high winds. Therefore, it is essential to pack away all your outdoor decorations to prevent your property from damage.

• Install Storm Shutters
 You need to protect your house windows as soon as possible. This is because the turbulent winds of a storm can damage your windows quickly. Therefore, you need to install storm shutters on your windows to prevent them from shattering.
We hope these tips will help you prevent your house from storm damage. 

Outdoor Grill Safety

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grill safety Safety tips whether you use a gas or charchol grill

Gas Grill Safety

A leak or break is the leading factor contributing to gas grill-related fires.

  • Check the gas cylinder hose for leaks before using it for the first time each year.
  • Apply a light soap and water solution to the hose, which will quickly reveal escaping gas by releasing bubbles.
  • If you smell or otherwise suspect a gas leak, and there is no flame, turn off the gas tank and grill. If the leak stops, get a professional to service it before using it again. Call the fire department if the leak does not stop.
  • If you smell gas while cooking, get away from the grill immediately, and call the fire department. Do not attempt to move the grill.
  • Never turn on the gas when the lid is closed. The gas may build up inside, and when ignited, the lid could blow off and cause injuries or burns.
  • After cooking, make sure you completely close the valve on your gas grill.
  • Always store gas grills – and propane tanks – outside and away from your house.

Charcoal Grill Safety

The leading cause of structure fires from the use of charcoal grills was leaving or placing an object that could burn too close to the grill.

  • Charcoal grills can continue to remain hot for many hours after the flames extinguish. Avoid placing any burnable objects near the grill or moving the grill while the coals are hot. Keep combustible items that may be blown by the wind away from the grill.
  • Check for rust damage in metal grills, which may make it possible for charcoal to fall through onto surfaces below and cause a fire.
  • Purchase the proper starter fluid. Store out of reach from children and away from heat sources.
  • Do not add charcoal starter fluid when coals or kindling have already been ignited. Never use any other flammable or combustible liquid to get the fire started.
  • If the fire is too low, rekindle with dry kindling and more charcoal if needed. Avoid adding liquid fuel because it can cause a flash fire.
  • Do not leave the grill unattended.

Here are some other important tips to help you keep danger away when you are enjoying food and fun.

Choose a safe location for your grill. Keep grills on a level surface more than ten feet away from the house, garage, or other structures. Keep children and pets away, as well as overhanging branches. Grills should not be used on a balcony or under an overhang. Avoid placing grills too close to combustible deck rails.

Grill outside only. Never use a grill in a garage, vehicle, tent, or other enclosed space, even if ventilated, due to the risk of harmful carbon monoxide buildup.

Keep the grill going on a cold day. During cool weather days, avoid wearing a scarf or other loose clothing that may catch on fire. Consumer Reports recommends shielding the grill from wind, placing it about ten feet from combustible surfaces and materials, and keeping the lid closed to retain as much heat as possible. Allow extra time for pre-heating the grill in colder weather and check temperatures of meat and fish with a meat thermometer to ensure that food is safe to eat.

Teach kids to stay safe. Make a “kid-free zone” of at least three feet around the grill and areas where hot food is prepared or carried. Children under five are especially vulnerable to burns from contact with a hot grill surface. Grill contact accounted for 37% of burns seen at emergency rooms in 2014 involving children under five.²

Remember post-grilling safety. Keep your grill clean by removing grease or fat buildup from the grills and in trays below the grill. If you grill with charcoal and need to dispose of the coals, soak them in water to extinguish them before disposing in a metal container. Otherwise, cover the grill tightly and close the vents, this should extinguish the coals and whatever is left will be ready for next time.

 

SERVPRO of Kendall County is equipped to handle it all

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SERVPRO can handle all type of disasters SERVPRO can handle all type of disasters

SERVPRO of Kendall County specializes in the cleanup and restoration of commercial and residential property after damaging events. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility for regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property. SERVPRO of Kendall County wants our team to be part of your team!  

First, we are here for you 24/7! Whether you need us at 2 AM or during the holidays, we will have our team out on your property and start work.
Second, we keep you updated on the entire process from start to finish. Communication is our priority and we work with insurance along the way!
Lastly, we can finish off the restoration with reconstruction, and be your one-stop-shop for all your home or business needs.

Available 24/7

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emergency services SERVPRO of Kendall County is available 24/7

SERVPRO of Kendall County is available 24 hours a day for water emergencies, large or small. When you are dealing with water damage, immediate action is crucial. A delay of just a few hours can greatly increase the severity of the water damage.

We Answer the Phone Ready to Help
Call Today - 630-554-2280

We understand that when you call us, you may be feeling confused, stressed, and vulnerable. You need an expert to guide you through this crisis. SERVPRO of Kendall County has specific water damage training and experience to help you through this tough time. We specialize in water damage restoration—in fact, it's the cornerstone of our business.

What to Expect

When you call, we will ask several questions regarding your water damage emergency. These questions will help us determine what equipment and resources to bring, including how many trained SERVPRO Professionals may be needed.

Our SERVPRO Representative will ask several questions:

  • Your name and contact information
  • Your insurance information (if applicable)
  • The street address of the water-damaged home or business
  • When did the flooding or water damage occur?
  • What caused the water damage (if known)?
  • Is there electricity available (on-site)?

About SERVPRO of Kendall County

SERVPRO of Kendall County specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke, or 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.

What Does An Emergency Roof Tarp Do?

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roof tarps Roof Damage? Roof tarps are a quick way to stop water damage before it gets worse.

Emergency roof tarps help homeowners and property owners minimize the spread of damage after a bit of damage to your roof. To give you an idea, many roof leaks are negligible at first. There may be a small hole in the roof, but many homeowners don’t regularly check the area to notice, and if water damage is small and kept to an obscure area, like the attic, it may go unnoticed.

However, no leak stays small. In time, the damage will grow, and you will have a larger leak. This can mean major water damage, higher utility costs to counteract the air loss in the leak, as well as potential structural risk. The main purpose of an emergency roof tarp is to keep a roof leak in that initial stage until someone can come out to properly fix it.

This is accomplished through a few different phases that take place throughout the emergency roof tarp prep/installation process.

  • Preparing for the tarp includes clearing out any debris and appraising the scale of the damage.
  • Plywood is applied to the damaged area before the tarp goes on, serving as a second line of defense in case the tarp fails.
  • Finally, the tarp is placed on top of the plywood, then secured with lumber.

Remember, the goal of an emergency roof tarp is not to “fix” a roof leak. It’s not a substitute for repair. Your home is still going to have some losses in terms of water resistance and energy efficiency until the roof is fixed. What the tarp does is slow down the spread of any potential leaks or damage until a professional can come and fix the roof properly.

The general life of a roof tarp is a few months. However, some longer-lasting tarps can go as long as a year or two. Make sure to ask what type you are getting when having your tarp installed.

3 Things You Need To Know About Cleaning Up Water Damage In Oswego, IL

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Water damage tips Know these 3 essential things for water damage

When it comes to water damage clean up in your home in Oswego, Il, there are three main things you need to know:

  1. Water damage needs to be cleaned up as soon as possible

If water is allowed to sit, the damage will compound and result in more damage. The only way to mitigate damage is to get the water cleaned up as quickly as possible. Time is of the essence when it comes to water damage for a few reasons. Water damage can quickly facilitate mold growth. In fact, mold will begin growing in as little as 24 hours after the water has become available. Once mold spores begin to spread, mold growth can quickly become a huge problem. As long as the water is present, mold will continue to grow. Along with mold growth, damage to materials only worsens the longer they are exposed to water. Furniture, carpets, padding, insulation, drywall, baseboards, woodwork, and other belongings will absorb what water they can and, once fully saturated, will begin to break down and deteriorate. Wood floors will warp, walls will begin to peel and bow, ceilings will crack and sag, metal furnishings will rust, carpet padding will be soiled, and not only will cleanup be harder but so will structural repair and rebuild. Structural damage becomes more and more severe the longer water damage is present, leading to extensive cleanup and more likely than not structural replacement to repair the damage. The best way to protect your home from any further water damage is to begin cleanup right away. 

  1. Adequate drying requires the aid of commercial-grade equipment

Without the use of professional equipment, water will not be adequately or thoroughly dried. Water seeps and soaks into most of the materials in our home (i.e. wood, drywall, textiles, and fabrics), where it can remain trapped without our even knowing it is still there. When water is not dried thoroughly with the aide of commercial-grade air movers and dehumidifiers, it will remain hidden inside these materials, under floorboards and behind walls, where it can facilitate mold growth and lead to further damage. Even if it appears that all the water has been dried, without the proper equipment hidden moisture will remain trapped inside your home. As long as moisture is present, mold will be an issue. To ensure that all the water, especially what you cannot see, is completely dried, you need the right equipment. 

  1. The best water damage cleanup results cannot be achieved on your own

The only way to ensure that you and your home are given the best care possible, with the right equipment and in a timely manner, is to call the professionals. You should not try to clean up water damage on your own. First, it will take way too much of your time and second, it will yield sub-optimal results that will probably end up costing you more in the long haul. Instead, call SERVPRO of Kendall County at the first sign of water damage. We are available to respond 24/7 to ensure a timely cleanup and mitigate further damage. Our team is trained and certified and utilizes top of the line equipment to provide thorough water damage clean up.

How to Prevent a Clothes Dryer Fire

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Avoid dryer fires Follow these 5 Tips on how to avoid a dryer fire

Avoid the dangers of clothes dryer fires with these five tips and call an expert fire damage repair company to restore your home if your dryer does catch on fire.

  1. Clean Lint Filters After Each Load

It cannot be stressed enough that you should always clean the lint filter before tossing in a new load of laundry. If a lint filter isn’t cleaned after each load, it can cause a build-up of lint that could potentially become a fire hazard. Even if there’s only a small amount of fluff on the filter, you should clean it anyway to keep up with the habit.

Not only does cleaning your dryer’s lint filter help prevent a fire, but it can also optimize your dryer’s performance and help your laundry dry faster.

  1. Clean Dryer Ducts Once a Year

At least once a year, it’s a smart move to take a look at your clothes dryer’s ducts. You can often find blockages of lint in or around your dryer’s ducts. Take the time once a year to disconnect the power from your dryer, and if you have a gas dryer, also shut the valve, then inspect and clean the back of your machine.

Use a cloth rag and a broom to sweep up the lint resting inside and out of the ducts. Lint will find any nook and cranny to build up in.

  1. Use Care When Handling Chemical Stains

It’s easy to throw a stained garment into the dryer without considering how the stain could react to intense heat, but you can never be too safe when it comes to preventing a clothes dryer fire in your home. Clothes get all kinds of stains on them – including gas, cooking oil, cleaning agents, or other flammable chemicals.

  1. Keep the Area Around Your Dryer Clean

The last thing you want to do is feed a dryer fire with flammable items. Wherever you keep your dryer in your home, be sure to keep the area around it clutter-free. Your laundry space may seem like an excellent place to use as storage, but it’s not when you consider the risks. Avoid storing cleaning products, boxes, and other highly flammable items near your dryer.

  1. Don’t Overload Your Dryer

It’s easy to let dirty laundry pile up and then overload your clothes dryer in an attempt to catch up on it. Even if it feels like a good idea, you could be putting yourself and your home at a higher risk. Split your loads up, so your dryer doesn’t go into overdrive. The more clothes that are in the dryer, the longer it takes to dry and the hotter it gets. Overheating could potentially lead to a fire sparking inside your home.