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Water intrusion in one room can mean water damage in other rooms

2/15/2018 (Permalink)

If your business suffered a small leak, would you know what to do? What if your business suffered a more severe water intrusion, such as a broken pipe or ruptures hot water heater, how do you respond? Have you considered how your business would respond if affected by water damage resulting from natural causes such as flood, tornado or tropical storm? Would your organization be able to remain in business? Does your organization have a business continuity plan? Most businesses have an emergency exit plan in place, but few have a plan to get back into business following a disaster.

Every business should have n emergency/disaster plan in place. The Institute for Business and Home Safety reports at least one-fourth of all businesses that close as a result of a disaster never re-open. According to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, “A commitment to planning today will help support employees, customers, the community, the local economy and even the country. It also protects your business investment and gives your company a better chance for survival. How quickly your organization gets back to business following an emergency situation can greatly depend on the amount of planning and preparedness that takes place prior to an adverse event.

Both man-made and natural disasters usually strike without warning. Immediate response in a critical situation can save thousands of dollars in reduced structural and secondary damages and company down time. It may also allow your company to resume normal business operations faster, helping eliminate the many problems associated with extended business interruptions. The quicker your company recovers, the better your chances for getting back to business as usual.

SERVPRO of South Orange County Professionals can help your business or organization prepare now for the unexpected by offering a comprehensive disaster recovery/emergency preparedness plan. The Disaster Recovery Profile (DRP) records detailed company information and inventory ranging from machinery, electronic and computer equipment, furniture and fixtures and valuable documents and records of data regarding specific building and grounds information, contact information and response checklist. A customized company emergency response plan can be a proper preparedness and planning, you can increase your organization’s chance of survival in an emergency r disastrous situation. Contact your local SERVPRO of South Orange County Professional today and inquire on a preparedness plan to help protect your business.

"The Equipment"

1/25/2018 (Permalink)

When it’s your business that suffers fire damage, every second counts when it comes to restoring your property to preloss condition. Fire damage, no matter the size, can affect every room within the property. It can travel through air ducts, burn through ceilings and floors and damage countless pieces of equipment and documents. Fire damage can cause normal business interruption and/or business closure, resulting in customer and revenue loss.

Whether it’s a one-story, single business complex or a multi-story office building, SERVPRO of South Orange County Professionals are prepared to inspect, restore and clean the space following a fire damage. Your SERVPRO of South Orange County Professional has access to thousands of pieces of equipment and hundreds of personnel to help mitigate even the largest fire damage. Working with a network of Franchise Professionals nationwide, your local SERVPRO of South Orange County cleanup crew utilizes high-tech industrial equipment to address all types of smoke and soot damage of any size, helping to minimize replacement costs and return the customer to business as usual. No job is too big when it comes to helping and insurance customer and their insured get back to business quickly. When the fire damage requires more than cleaning solution and a broom to remove the some and soot, contact the bright green cleanup team with the industrial-sized equipment to reach every corner, vent, carpet and wall. SERVPRO of South Orange County Professionals will work hard to restore your property and contents to preloss conditions when possible and get you back tin business. Call 407-226-2621, 24 hours a day, 365 days aa year.

Even a small fire CAN CAUSE ODORS in a structure FOR YEARS TO COME

1/12/2018 (Permalink)

Fire, smoke and soot damages in a structure can create unpleasant and permanent problems if not properly addressed. As various materials burn, the smoke produced travels throughout the structure leaving odorous residues and deposits on surfaces and in those hard to reach places. Unless fast, professional action is taken, these residues and deposits can cause permanent damage to contents and result in periodically resurfacing odors. Unfortunately, such damages are often made more severe when unprepared property owner attempt to perform the cleanup themselves.

Feel free to contact SERVPRO of South Orange County (407) 226-2621 for questions or services. We are available twenty four hours a day, seven days a week, even on holidays to assist. Dont let fire damage be a headache, we are here to help!

Excess H2O Can be a Formula for Trouble

1/12/2018 (Permalink)

Virtually everyone can agree that excess moisture inside a structure is not a good thing and studies show this condition can result in fungi growth if not addressed properly. In fact, visible mold growth can be detected by the naked eye in as little as 24-48 hours following a water damage.

The solution seems straightforward. Prevent excessive moisture in a facility before a mold or mildew problem develops. Of course, proper inspection and maintenance are very important keys to prevent water intrusions. Yet, some facilities are prone to the buildup of excessive moisture unrelated to roof leaks, poor roof drainage or other building envelope failures.

Your local SERVPRO of South Orange County Professional has the training and equipment to help identify moisture problems and offer solutions that can help lower the risk of future indoor air quality issues related to fungi growth. In addition to measuring the moisture content in the air, which can identify humidity problems inside a facility, SERVPRO of South Orange County Professionals can potentially help locate hidden pockets of moisture inside walls, beneath flooring or within HVAC systems that have resulted from undetected water damages.

Tips for preventing mold problems:

- Keep the humidity level between 0 to 60 percent.

- Use cleaning products with proven mold killing properties.

- Regularly inspect plumbing and appliances for leaks.

- Keep gutters and drains clear of debris.

- Inspect the roof, windows and other areas where water might enter the building, and perform           necessary maintenance.

- Respond to all water intrusions immediately.

- Contact your local SERVPRO of South Orange County Professional 407-226-2621 for assistance after a water damage or if you discover mold in your building.

Choosing the right service provider for your commercial building

1/12/2018 (Permalink)

When a disaster strikes, and it is time to call in emergency service providers capable of helping you get back into your facility faster and easier, will they be available? This question is vitally important for property managers wishing to prepare an Emergency Response Profile (ERP) suitable for handling real life situations.

Fire and water damages, for instance, never occur at convenient times. Consider the impact a sewer backup occurring at 1:00 a.m. would have on you, your tenants and customers. Unless a service provider offers 24-hour emergency service, there is little chance the facility will be fully operational the next business day.

Instead of tackling the cleanup immediately, you are then resigned to waiting until “normal business hours” just to make contact with a service provider. Such delays can be quite costly in terms of business interruption and likelihood of secondary water damages to the facility.

SERVPRO, with over 35 years of service experience handling fire and water cleanup and restoration for the insurance industry, as well as directly for commercial and residential consumers, understands the urgency in responding to disaster situations as soon as possible. All SERVPRO of South Orange County Professionals are committed to providing 24-hour emergency fire and water restoration services.

Under normal circumstances, a SERVPRO of South Orange County Professional is onsite at your facility within four hours of receiving your call. A uniformed, trained and well-equiped technician can quickly access the situation and begin emergency mitigation procedures to protect the facility and contents from secondary damages.

If you are considering developing an Emergency Response Profile for a facility, rely on service provider offering 24-hour emergency service. For assistance developing an ERP, contact your local SERVPRO of South Orange County Professional, who can provide you with advice and help you collect the information you will need should a disaster situation occur in your facility.

General Water Damage Tips

12/20/2017 (Permalink)

  • A simple leak test can ensure leaks are not going undetected. To check for hidden leaks, record the current water meter readings. Turn off all faucets and appliances using water and do not flush toilets for one hour. After an hour of water shut off, record the water meter reading again. If the meter reading changed while no water was being used, a leaking pipe may to blame.
  • Frequently check pipes under sinks for signs of water leaks.
  • Know where the main water shut-off valve is located and ensure it is operational.
  • Check for leaks and signs of water intrusion around water structures, pipes, windows and doors.
  • Check potential problem spots for moldy odors, discoloration or dampness.
  • Install drip pans and drains where accessible.
  • Respond immediately if water intrusion occurs in order to minimize damage and loss.

Be Prepared- Damage to commercial buildings

12/20/2017 (Permalink)

When fire or water disasters strike, forcing occupants to evacuate a building, exit signs and even strategically posted maps serve as reminders that an emergency exit plan is in place. However, how many commercial facilities have a well-thought out plan to help get everyone back into the building following a disaster?

Property management should be concerned with how will they be able to get order restored and resume full operations as quickly and painlessly as possible once the fire has been extinguished or the source of the invading water has been addressed.

Your SERVPRO of South Orange County Professional can assist commercial property management teams in developing am Emergency Response Profile (ERP), a vital component of an overall Contingency Plan for a facility. Then objective is to collect the necessary management team and facility information and identify services providers capable of responding to disaster situations quickly – ideally selecting providers offering 24-hour emergency service.

By compiling an ERP, management team members will not have to waster valuable time trying to locate providers for specific emergency needs and can provide vendors with the necessary facility information to help ensure faster recovery and less business interruption.

With over 35 years of experience in fire and water cleanup and restoration, SERVPRO of South Orange County Professionals offer 24-hour emergency service. Normally within just a few hours of receiving your initial call, a trained and well-equipped SERVPRO of South Orange County can be on site in your facility to begin emergency mitigation services.

Effectively drying water damaged structure

12/20/2017 (Permalink)

While every water damage situation is different, requiring different approaches and equipment, generally SERVPRO of South Orange County Professionals will use air movers and dehumidifiers as needed to help speed up the drying process.

The number of air movers used depends on the surfaces (walls, ceiling, under cabinets, etc.) being dried and the configuration of the structure. For example, if only the floor is wet, and the damage is confined to one large room, fewer air movers would likely be required. Extra air movers would be required for additional wet surfaces such as walls and ceilings. In an Insured’s home with several smaller rooms damaged by water, more air movers would be needed to circulate the wet air to the dehumidifier and the dry air back to the wet areas.

Dehumidifier requirements are based on both the nature of the environment being dried and the capacity of the dehumidifier. The nature of the environment is determined by the amount of porous and absorbent materials present, including carpet, clothing, upholstered furniture, and unfinished wood. The more absorbent materials present, the more moisture present, increasing the need for dehumidification. Dehumidifier capacity is measured in two ways: the number of gallons of water removed in 24 hours under ideal temperature and humidity situations and the number of cubic feet per minute of air the dehumidifier conditions.

While this is a general overview of how SERVPRO of South Orange County Professionals determine when and how many air movers and dehumidifiers to use in a water damage situation, every loss situation must be evaluated and monitored to help guarantee fast, thorough drying. Water trapped inside walls, small rooms making it difficult to establish air circulation, long term exposure, the amount of absorbent materials present, the size of the dehumidifier and many other variables must be taken into account.

The real measure of whether a balanced drying system has been established is the repines of structure and contents. Your local SERVPRO of South Orange County team is trained and equipped to make sure moisture levels inside an Insured’s home or office are effectively being reduced.

When commercial emergency response is most important

12/4/2017 (Permalink)

The development of a thorough Emergency Response Profile (ERP) for a facility should include selecting service providers offering 24-hour emergency response whenever possible. The reasoning behind this goal is simple.

Consider this, a fire damage occurs in your facility at 12:01 a.m. Monday morning? Without a 24-hour emergency service provider available, you might have to wait until 8:00 a.m. or later just to begin your search for cleanup and restoration assistance. At best, maybe a provider would be able to arrive sometime shortly after 9:00 a.m. In that time, corrosive and odorous soot and the water used to extinguish the fire have begun to cause secondary damage to the structure and contents, complicating the cleanup process. In addition, your facility is not fully operational at the start of the business day, causing potential problems for tenants, customers and anyone depending on your facility being open.

Your SERVPRO of South Orange County Professional knows that a fire occurs somewhere in the somewhere in the U.S. every 18 seconds. But the only fire that really matters to you is the one that occurs in your building. Nearly four decades of experience have shown that emergency response and mitigation services can help reduce recovery costs and business

SERVPRO of South Orange County l is committed to 24-hour emergency response, including a dedication to SERVPROS’s 1-4-8 Service Response Guidelines. Under normal circumstances, a SERVPRO of South Orange County Professional will contact you or your facility representative within one hour of notice of loss to arrange for service. Within four hours, a trained, uniformed and fully-equipped technician will arrive to begin mitigation services, such as water extraction, to help prevent further damage to your assets. A detailed scope of the project will then be communicated to you or your chosen representative within eight business hours, enabling you to make faster, more informed decisions.

Make it a priority to select service providers who can deliver 24-hour service to help ensure your facility can recover quickly from potential perils. Contact SERVPRO of South Orange County (407)226-2621 P to learn more about fire and water cleanup and restoration services and for help in developing your ERP.

Water damage clean up response the moment you call.

12/4/2017 (Permalink)

A pipe bursts. An upper-floor bathtub overflows. A water heater leaks. Flood waters gush in. A sprinkler system malfunctions.

Water damage can happen in any number of ways. But if your business or your customer’s home is under a few inches of water, everything else takes a backseat. Only one thing matters when your business can’t operate, and there is just one thing on the mind of the water-logged resident: A solution.

SERVPRO of South Orange County  is that solution. Equipped with the knowledge, the experience and the training to help make your water damage “Like it never even happened,” SERVPRO Technicians will start helping the moment you call.

Whether it’s your industrial carpet or your customer’s hardwood floor that has been soaked, the science beyond drying can be a tricky thing. There’s the temperature, a relative humidity and the cubic feet of the damaged area to consider – and that’s before you figure in the type of carpet, hardwood or subflooring in the structure, along with a number of other potential issues. Backed by more than 39 years of experience in the restoration business, SERVPRO of South Orange County Technicians will help put your worries at ease, because they understand the science of drying.

When water damage strikes, give SERVPRO of South Orange County a call (407) 226-2621.

We will help to make things right, make things dry and make it “Like it never even happened.”