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Tips for preventing water damage at your business

4/6/2021 (Permalink)

preventing water damage at your business Proactive Tips for Preventing Water Damage to Your Business

1. Insulate exposed pipes

When temperatures drop during the winter, especially at night, exposed pipes are vulnerable to freezing. Plummeting temperatures or cold drafts can freeze water inside a poorly insulated pipe, creating pressure and ultimately causing the pipe to burst. A broken pipe can lead to costly flooding or even structural damage.

The best way to prevent frozen pipes is to ensure they’re insulated. Most hardware stores carry pipe insulation. The more insulation you use, the better protected your pipes will be.

2. Keep heat at sufficient levels

To prevent pipes from freezing, you’ll want to keep an eye on your business’s thermostat. Make sure the thermostat is never set lower than 50 degrees – even on weekends or when the building is vacant. Avoid significant changes between nighttime and daytime temperatures, which increases the risk of your pipes freezing. In addition, be sure to regularly replace batteries in thermostats to ensure they’re operating correctly.

3. Inspect gutters and drainage

Fallen leaves and other debris in gutters and downspouts can lead to water damage to the exterior and interior walls of a building. Regularly inspect your business’s gutters, downspouts, and drainage system, and remove any debris or buildup. Have gutters professionally cleaned on a regular basis to ensure water is draining properly and away from the building.

4. Clear your roof

Snow and ice accumulation on your business’s roof can result in weakened roofing materials and create “ice dams,” which prevent melted ice and snow from properly draining. Regularly remove snow and ice from your business’s roof to prevent structural damage. Know your roof’s load-bearing capacity, and periodically check to ensure that snow and ice aren’t accumulating beyond its weight limits.

5. Locate your shut-off valve

If a pipe breaks, you’ll need to act quickly. That means you should know the location of the main shut-off valve for your building’s water supply. Shutting off the main valve will temporarily cut the flow of water to the building, preventing flooding until you are able to fix the problem.

6. Seal cracks and gaps

Seal any cracks, holes, or other gaps in your building’s exterior and foundation to ensure that cold air doesn’t penetrate your building and warm air doesn’t escape. Caulk, weather stripping, and other sealants can be used to make your building more energy-efficient and reduce the risk of frozen pipes.

Four common causes of water damage in commercial properties

4/6/2021 (Permalink)

Common causes how water damage can affect your business Know-How to Protect Your Business Before Diaster Strikes

In this article, we’ll share the four common causes of water damage in commercial properties so that you know what to avoid and how to prevent these problems:

1. ROOF LEAKS

The roof sitting on top of your Kendall County business establishment is meant to protect the building and its occupants inside. But as it is constantly exposed to the harsh outdoor elements, it is subject to wear and tear over the years. When a heavy storm, snowstorm, or hail storm occurs, it can cause damages to the shingles and other roofing components. As a result, your occupants will encounter water leaks coming from the roof that will disrupt business workflow.

2. BROKEN HVAC SYSTEM

It’s common for a commercial building to have Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning (HVAC) systems installed on its property. While the AC unit cools the space and keeps the occupants comfortable during summer, the boiler serves to warm the area during winter instead. However, the problem starts when one heating component of the HVAC system gets broken and starts to leak water. If your unit isn’t regularly maintained and repaired, keep in mind that it can lead to significant water damages.

3. DAMAGED PLUMBING SYSTEM

Apart from the HVAC system, your plumbing system can also have some minor or major issues. As you may be aware, this complex system consists of pipes, valves, fixtures, and fittings, and provides water supply to the entire building. Similarly, this system properly disposes of wastewater used by the occupants. Over the years of usage, it’s inevitable for some parts or components to get damaged. If left unattended and fixed for long periods, they can easily and quickly escalate to water damage that will require costly repairs and replacements.

4. NATURAL CALAMITY

One of the biggest culprits of commercial water damage in Kendall County is a natural calamity. Expect to have some major damages in your business establishment soon after a hail storm, thunderstorm, and heavy rain. Not only do they cause rainwater leaks from the roof and gutter, but they can also lead to floodwater in the basement, crawl spaces, and other parts of the building. This is why preparing for any natural disaster is a must to protect your commercial property!  

SHOULD YOU HAVE A COMMERCIAL FIRE SPRINKLER SYSTEM INSTALLED

4/6/2021 (Permalink)

COMMERCIAL FIRE SPRINKLER SYSTEM Provide Peace of Mind with a Commercial Sprinkler System

According to the U.S. Fire Administration, there are more than 100,000 non-residential fires every year with many taking place in office buildings, retail stores, restaurants, and other commercial establishments. Don’t have a commercial fire sprinkler system at your business? Now is the time to have one installed. Not only does it protect you, your employees, and your customers but also your business assets in the event of a fire.

A business owner who wouldn’t think twice about the need for insurance may sometimes doubt the need for a commercial fire sprinkler system but both operate on the same principle: you only realize their value when you need them. What are the benefits of fire sprinkler systems? Here are just a few:

HELPS YOUR COMPANY STAY WITHIN THE LIMITS OF THE LAW

If your commercial property is on the smaller side, you may be able to get away without installing a commercial fire sprinkler system. You also may be able to get away with it depending on the location of your business. But generally speaking, most cities and towns throughout the country require business owners to install some kind of fire sprinkler system inside their commercial properties.

ALLOWS YOU TO AVOID EXTENSIVE DAMAGE DURING A FIRE

It’s never a good thing when a fire starts inside a commercial property. Even a small fire can do a lot of damage to an office building, a retail store, or a restaurant. But if a fire does start inside your commercial property, you want it to stay as small as possible. Unrestrained, a fire can spread through a building in a matter of minutes. A commercial fire sprinkler system will stop a fire dead in its tracks. Once the system detects the fire, it immediately goes to work containing the blaze. A commercial sprinkler system stops the fire in its tracks, limiting damage and allowing the fire department to get it under control.

PREVENTS A FIRE FROM CAUSING INJURIES AND DEATHS

A fire inside a commercial property can do more than just cause a lot of property damage. It can also cause injuries and even claim lives if it’s able to spread quicker than people can get out of a building. And it’s smoke inhalation, not the fire, that kills most people. A fire may be on the first floor but the smoke can quickly spread to upper floors causing injury and death.

There’s no guarantee that you’ll be able to prevent all injuries and deaths during a fire in your commercial building but the chances of injuries and deaths are much lower with a commercial fire sprinkler system.

YOU SAVE MONEY ON INSURANCE

Some business owners shy away from installing commercial fire sprinkler systems because they’re under the impression that they’re going to break the bank. They don’t realize that a sprinkler system could save them money in the long run. Once you have a sprinkler system installed in your business, your insurance company will likely lower your rates. As long as you keep your sprinkler system up to date and maintain it, they’ll keep your rates low, too. A sprinkler system means less risk for the insurance company which translates into lower premiums.

SHOWCASES YOUR COMPANY’S COMMITMENT TO SAFETY

You want your employees and your customers to feel like you care about them. You also want them to feel safe when they’re working in or visiting your commercial property. You can accomplish both of these things with a commercial fire sprinkler system. Your sprinkler system will show others that you’re doing everything in your power to ensure the safety of your building.

PROVIDES YOU WITH PEACE OF MIND

As a business owner, you probably have more than enough on your plate right now. You have to juggle everything from payroll to inventory on a regular basis. With a commercial fire sprinkler system, you’ll enjoy peace of mind that you wouldn’t get otherwise. You won’t have to stress out over what might happen to your business when you’re not around. Your sprinkler system will be there looking over it for you.

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

9/11/2020 (Permalink)

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.

How to protect your business from wind and hail damage

8/12/2020 (Permalink)

protect your business from storm damage Protect your Business from Storm Damage

Strong winds and hailstorms can cause heavy damage in very little time to a business’s property, resulting in costly repairs and potentially a lengthy business disruption. Beyond the typical structural damage from a storm, gale-force winds can push trees or projectiles onto buildings, and hail can shatter windows and damage your exterior.

Ensuring you have adequate insurance in place will help your business recover in the aftermath of a storm. But it’s also essential that you take steps to protect your property before a severe weather event. From regularly inspecting your roof to securing equipment and valuables, the following actions will help you reduce the risk of damage to your business in the event of a storm.

1. Inspect your roof

Examine your building’s roof for damage after storms, or annually in regions that are less prone to storms. Replace any worn materials or other weak areas to ensure that leaks don’t occur during future storms. Check flashing (a type of sheet metal used for waterproofing) and gutters, and clean out any debris that may be blocking drainage. Remove branches or leaves that may have accumulated during prior storms.

2. Install impact-resistant windows

Impact-resistant glass has been specially treated to help prevent shattering and to provide an extra barrier to safeguard your building from severe weather. While it’s still possible for it to break, it’s less likely to shatter completely, offering better protection from flying glass and debris during a hurricane or hailstorm.

3. Secure equipment and valuables

If you live in an area prone to strong winds or hail, keep an eye on the weather forecast so that you can protect your valuables before a storm hits. Ensure any high-value items are in a safe and secure area, stored up high and away from windows. Any outdoor equipment should be securely fastened so it’s not lost or turned into a projectile during a storm.

4. Keep your employees safe

In the event of a storm, safety is of the utmost concern. Stay away from windows, and take shelter in the safest part of your property. If your building doesn’t have a designated storm shelter, have employees take shelter in an area devoid of windows, such as a bathroom or break room.

Prepare an emergency plan ahead of time and communicate it with employees, so they’ll know what to expect. Practice an emergency drill if possible, so that everyone will be prepared if weather conditions are threatening your safety.

Determining Proper Business Insurance Coverage

8/12/2020 (Permalink)

Business insurance coverage Getting the Correct Business Insurance is Essential
How do I determine the proper cover and limits for my business insurance?

Figuring out what coverage to have in place and what limits are needed is a real balancing act. On one hand, proper insurance is necessary to reduce the risk of owning and operating a business. On the other hand, unaffordable and unrealistic premiums are also not in your best interest as a business owner.

If your business is like most small businesses, you probably don’t have a full-time risk manager to answer your business liability insurance or workers’ compensation insurance questions. So where to start?

It may make sense to focus your research on three common types of small business insurance coverage: general liability, property and workers’ compensation insurance. Once you know what questions to ask, it’s much easier to select optimal small-business insurance coverage and business liability insurance rates. It’s also important to understand that business liability insurance rates will vary depending on your business’s needs.

Property and Casualty insurance covers building and property against damage, theft, and other causes such as fire. The contents and furnishing as well as most inventories are covered. It’s important to determine rebuilding costs, restocking costs, and relocation costs if the incident could require it.

Comprehensive general liability insurance coverage protects you in the event of claims of bodily injury or physical injury or damage to property. This includes legal defense and settlements up to the limits of the policy. Check with your industry association and state department of insurance to determine types of claims and what settlements are awarded. In addition, professional liability insurance may be needed.

Again, both industry and the state department of insurance can help in determining the proper limits.

Workman’s compensation limits and minimum coverage are generally determined by your industry and state.

The key is to work with a licensed insurance professional you trust to develop a comprehensive insurance package for your business. Eligible businesses can purchase property insurance packaged together with general business liability insurance coverage in a single policy called a Business Owner’s Policy, or BOP.

Such combined policies are generally available at reasonable small-business rates. Your licensed insurance professional may make this recommendation to you.

Protect Your Business Against Water Damage

8/10/2020 (Permalink)

commercial water damage Water damage in a commercial building.

Businesses often protect themselves against smoke and fire damage by installing and maintaining smoke detectors and fire suppression systems. What many businesses don’t protect against is water damage. In fact, properties are 10 times more likely to suffer from water damage than they are from fire damage.

Water damage can come from a variety of sources, and while not all of them may be applicable in every situation, businesses should nonetheless have some sort of water detection as part of their business continuity plan.

Flood monitoring

Floods are the number one natural disaster here in the United States, and statistics show that floods and extreme weather events heavily affect the US. 

Many businesses that aren’t located near large bodies of water tend to forget about flood damage, however, it’s important to remember that water damage from flooding isn’t restricted to just those in coastal areas. Overflowing rivers, extreme precipitation, water main breaks, internal plumbing failures and even melting snow can all cause water damage from flooding.

Unfortunately, sewer backup can cause flood damage as well. Sometimes this can be due to extreme weather situations where water damage can be anticipated, and sometimes it can be caused by local construction, decaying public infrastructure, or even tree roots. Having flood/water sensors in basements and below-ground areas can help warn and protect businesses against water damage from sewer backup as well as naturally occurring flood conditions.

Leak detection

Undetected leaks can cause just as much damage as a storm or flood. Leaks can come from a wide variety of sources, including:

  • Leaky pipes
  • Frozen pipes
  • Leaky roofs
  • Damaged windows
  • Building foundation
  • Malfunctioning sump pumps
  • HVAC problems

Leaks aren’t always visible immediately, and can cause severe damage the longer they’re not detected. Even a small amount of water can promote unhealthy mold and mildew growth in the right conditions.

Leak detection can come in many forms, including spot sensors as well as cable-style sensors that can be placed on the boundaries of a room or facility. Leak detection can even come in the form of humidity monitoring; the more humid a facility becomes over a short period of time, the more likely it is due to undetected water.

Easily avoid water damage

 Setting up proactive water and leak detection can help notify you immediately if the water is detected anywhere in your building or facility. While you can’t stop a storm from occurring or a pipe in your building from leaking, you can stop that damage from becoming too expensive by monitoring for water.

If your business is monitoring for smoke and fire as part of your business continuity plan, be sure to add water and leak detection as well. Helping to keep your facility and assets protected will help you avoid costly repairs and downtime over the long run.

THE CAUSES OF COMMERCIAL WATER DAMAGE AND HOW TO DEAL WITH THEM IN KENDALL COUNTY

7/28/2020 (Permalink)

commercial water damage Commercial Water Damage. Don't let this happen!!

Water damage in the workplace may not only prevent you from doing business. It can also put the health and safety of your employees at risk. The moment you spot signs of commercial water damage, it’s important to take action immediately. SERVPRO of Kendall County can help with any signs of water damage.

Commercial water damage is often more complex than residential water damage restoration and usually requires a more intensive approach. The size and structure of commercial buildings, the extent of damage, the varying uses of space, and the number of occupants all affect the restoration process. Aside from these, there’s usually always a time constraint for the job because business has to continue as soon as possible.

While some water damage issues are inevitable, most problems can be prevented when the cause of water damage is found earlier.

In this post, we’ll talk about the most common causes of water damage in commercial properties and how to deal with them.

CAUSES OF COMMERCIAL WATER DAMAGE

Here are the common causes of commercial water damage:

DAMAGED WINDOWS

In commercial buildings, water damage is often caused by windows that are not properly sealed. Damaged windows can cause moisture to seep in, which triggers a lot of problems including mold build-up and warped wood and drywall. Resealing windows regularly is important as caulk can break down over time.

DAMAGED PIPES

Broken pipes can stem from a variety of reasons, such as changes in pressure, deteriorated water supply lines and sewer drains, and cold weather (freezing temperature can cause pipes to burst). Bulging walls, water stains on walls or floors, cracked or loose tiles, and musty smell – these are all signs of damaged pipes. Detecting leaky pipes is challenging and it usually requires some specialized water leak detection equipment.

BUILDING FOUNDATION

If gutters are not cleaned regularly, they can get clogged, causing water to leak into the property through the roof or the foundation. One of the most common signs of leaks in building foundations are puddles nearby or framing that has become wet. Poor drainage systems can also lead to water damage in your foundation.

ROOF LEAKS

A leaky roof can cause ceiling damage, mold or mildew issues, fire hazards from shortened wires, and compromised structural integrity. Exposure to heavy rains and snow make roofs vulnerable to damage. Also, incorrect snow/ice removal can also trigger water damage in roofs.

HVAC PROBLEMS

HVAC systems work by heating or cooling the air through a series of ducts. Over time, these ducts wear out and get damaged, resulting in leaks. The HVAC needs to be cleaned regularly and the excess water from the condensation reservoirs has to be removed to prevent water damage. SERVPRO of Kendall County can help with the cleaning of air ducts on a regular basis.

SEWER CLOGS

Sewer water contains bacteria and other pathogens that cause illnesses and infections. If you see signs of sewage damage, such as gurgling sounds or water backing up out of the drain or toilet, you should call SERVPRO of Kendall County right away.

SPRINKLER SYSTEM LEAKS

Other causes of water damage in commercial buildings are leaks in sprinkler systems. Signs of sprinkler leaks include wet surfaces like drywall and carpets, presence of mold and mildew, and standing water. Regularly inspect your sprinkler systems for leaks and moisture.

All of these are helpful tips to keep your commercial property form encountering water damage. If you see any signs of water damage don't hesitate to call SERVPRO of Kendall County.

Commercial Flood Preparedness

5/18/2018 (Permalink)

The weather has been very unpredictable the past few weeks in our area.  We have experience heavy rains in a short period of time causing the sewer systems to back up and streets to flood. 

If you see there is a flash flood watch, this means that a flash flood is possible.  A flash flood warning means that a flood is about to happen or already taking place.  If a flash flood occurs, you should make sure everyone gets to higher ground as quickly as possible. 

Your business can prepare for any potential disaster, including flash floods. Keep all essential equipment and documents elevated from the floor.  Ideally, they should be stored on the second floor of the building or higher.  Back-up electronic data daily to cloud storage or to an external drive so the files can still be accessed in the event of a disaster.  

It is a good idea to have a battery-powered radio available on-site or even some sand bags to help with water absorption.  In case of a power outage, you and your staff can keep updated on the current conditions.  (FEMA) The Federal Emergency Management Agency provides a list of recommended sites in the event of a disaster, such as a flashlight and first aid kit. 

You can also check with the National Weather Service to get more tips on safety during flooding.

SERVPRO of Kendall County can help your business get back on track after flooding or other disasters. Call us today for more information or a free inspection 630-554-2280

Commercial Business Ready

5/18/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Property owners and Property Managers are entrusted with keeping their businesses operational. When Disaster Strikes, SERVPRO of Kendall County is here to help make it “Like it never even happened.” Facilities Managers rely on us to be ready for Whatever Happens.

General Adjusters and Consulting firms from around the Chicago land area trust SERVPRO of Kendall County with their most complex claims. Some of our specialties include

  • Small Office Buildings
  • Large Office/High-Rise Office Buildings
  • Apartment Buildings
  • Restaurants
  • Hotel/Motels
  • Commercial Reconstruction
  • Small Retail Stores
  • Large Retail/Big-Box Stores
  • High-Rise Residential
  • Manufacturing & Industrial
  • Government/Military
  • Universities
  • Schools
  • Restaurants
  • Commercial Disaster Recovery Services 
  • We are available around the clock to get your business back up and running. Our expertise includes restoration services for fire and water damage, including electronics restoration and document drying. We are also your business’s best resource for mold remediation. Learn more about our commercial restoration services by calling SERVPRO of Kendall County at 630-554-2280.

Commercial Fire Loss

5/9/2018 (Permalink)

Fire, smoke, and soot will affect everything 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. 

Commercial Water Mitigation

5/8/2018 (Permalink)

When business owners visualize water damage, they often picture a massive storm wiping out power lines, flooding offices, and shutting down businesses for days at a time. It is true that commercial water damage is often the result of floods and water that stems from weather events and storms. 
 
However, many business owners forget that storms and severe weather aren't the only causes of floods and water damage. Here are some of the common causes of water damage to commercial buildings. 
 
1. Malfunctioning sprinkler systems.. 
Some older office and retail buildings still have outdated sprinkler systems that work in conjunction with fire protection systems. While such sprinklers can come in handy during a fire emergency, they can also cause commercial flood damage if they are faulty or in need of replacement. This could easily damage inventory and business assets.

2. Damaged appliances and equipment. 
This cause of commercial flood damage is more common in restaurants and catering facilities, as well as any business that have appliances and equipment that make use of water. If the appliance fails and sends water across your building, especially during late hours when no one is around, you may come back to work and face a water emergency. 
 
3. Broken pipes and plumbing. 
Just like in a residence, if the plumbing system in your workplace fails water damage could be the result. 
 
4. Backed up sewer lines. 
This is another cause of commercial water damage that often catches business owners by surprise. Should the sewer line to your building back up or become damaged, the potential dangers of contaminated Black Water which can cause health effects and ruin products and office furnishings. 

Commercial Fire and Water Damage Restoration

4/17/2018 (Permalink)

Emergency Ready Profile for your business here in Kendall County
Large Loss Response Team and Disaster Recovery Teams are SERVPRO's elite franchises placed throughout the country to respond Faster to Any Sized Disaster.

The best way to reduce business interruption following a disaster is to plan for it NOW.

As many as 50% of businesses may never recover following a disaster, according to the latest 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 and fire damage can affect your business.

Are You Ready?

Preparation is a key component for making it through any size disaster, whether it’s a small water leak, a large fire or an area flood. The best time for planning for such events is not when the event happens, but well before it happens. No one ever plans on a disaster, but you can plan for it. Now is the time to ask yourself, “Are you ready for whatever could happen?” 

The SERVPRO® Emergency READY Profile is a start up approach that provides the critical information needed to begin mitigation and recovery services. It is designed to serve as a quick reference of important building and contact information. By working with SERVPRO’s Emergency READY Profile, your business will receive the benefit of over 40 years of experience in reducing the impact of any natural or man-made disaster. 

SERVPRO® is a leader in water and fire damage response and can help you quickly get your property back in working order.

The SERVPRO® Emergency READY Profile is a no cost assessment of your facility. It provides: 

  • A concise Profile Document that contains only the critical information needed in the event of an emergency - a guide to help you get back into your building following a disaster.
  • 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.
  • Facility details such as shut-off valve locations, priority areas and priority contact information.  Having a quick reference of what to do, how to do it and who to call provides solutions in advance of an emergency so that during the emergency you are “Ready for whatever happens.”

At SERVPRO of Kendall County - we are committed to partnering with our commercial clients to reduce business interruption in the event of any type of disaster.  To this end - we also work very closely with the Red Cross - leveraging their resources and capabilities to supplement our own when disaster strikes.  

Call us at 630-554-2280 to get started - it costs you nothing.  Not making the call may be VERY costly. You can also visit our Website for more details. 

Fire damage at Commercial Building

4/17/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial cleaning of a Percussion School

Whether your business is a small retail store or a multi-building campus of buildings, SERVPRO of Kendall County has the expertise and the equipment to handle any fire, water, or mold emergency in Oswego land area.

Commercial Water Damage

Water damage can happen in many ways. In apartment complexes, there could be an overflowing bathtub or toilet that causes damage in the complex. A frozen pipe in a warehouse could burst and cause extensive damage. A burst pipe or a leaking roof in a manufacturing plant can shut down the production line causing huge losses. When any of these events happens, it’s important to call water damage professionals immediately in order to alleviate the damage. When hiring a water damage cleanup company, it’s important to make sure they have the expertise and equipment to such a large job.

Commercial Fire Damage

Even the smallest of fires can result in extensive damage to a building. While the fire itself can be isolated and extinguished quickly, the culprit of most damage after a fire is the smoke. Smoke can get into the duct work and quickly spread throughout the building. With fire and smoke damage, it’s important to hire fire restoration professionals that can quickly restore your business, your warehouse, your facility, or your residential complex.

Commercial Mold Remediation

Mold is the result of a moisture problem that has usually been neglected. This can be the result of a leaky pipe that is hidden behind a wall or in a ceiling. Mold can also grow quickly when there has been water damage from the contaminated water like a broken sewer pipe or flooding from a nearby river or stream. Contaminated water, also known as gray water or black water, can quickly promote mold growth in less than 24 hours. If not treated, it can quickly grow and cause not only property damage but potential health risks among inhabitants.

Commercial Storm Damage Cleanup

Storms can cause all types of damage to a building. They can cause flooding from rising rivers. They cause water leaks from damaged roofs. They can cause fires from lightning strikes. Tornadoes and high winds can break windows, tear down walls, rip off roofs, and in the worst cases they can level the entire building. A professional fire and water restoration company has the equipment, experience, and knowledge to handle any type of storm damage.

Damage to a business can come in many forms. From fire to flooding to water damage to storm damage and everything in between, SERVPRO of Kendall County has the experience, equipment, and expertise to make it like it never happened. Whether you have a small store or a multi-building complex, call the commercial restoration, remediation, and cleaning experts at SERVPRO of Kendall County at 630-554-2280.