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Commercial Kitchen Fire Damage in Downtown Orlando
This Downtown Orlando restaurant experienced a fire damage from the stove causing smoke and soot to travel throughout the building. They called SERVPRO of South Orange County to handle the fire restoration, water mitigation and rebuild.
Fire damage is especially devastating for a business or commercial property. In addition to the fire and smoke damage, significant water damage from firefighting efforts and fire suppression systems may occur. Every hour spent restoring your business back to pre-fire condition is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. If your business experiences a fire loss, call the fire and water damage restoration experts and we’ll respond immediately to get you back to business.
Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?
Call SERVPRO of South Orange County– (407) 226-2621
SERVPRO of South Orange County provides commercial cleaning and restoration services in rgw Greater Orlando Area and they are trusted by many local businesses for building maintenance services. Some of the many commercial services that SERVPRO offers are:
- Mold remediation
- Water restoration
- Fire restoration
- Floor cleaning
- Carpet cleaning
- General cleaning
- Biohazard cleanup
SERVPRO of South Orange County is licensed and trained to handle all of your commercial cleaning and restoration needs and the team is available 24 hours a day 7 days a week. Our team is always ready to assist with any of commercial services and will do it in a polite way so we do not disturb your customers or employees, should your business be open and operating while we are performing services.
We are equipment ready for any small or large Commercial loss
SERVPRO of South Orange County equipment is always ready for any size commercial job
There has been a rapid advancement in the technology and techniques used in the restoration industry. These advancements allow SERVPRO of South Orange County to restore your property back to preloss condition quickly, reliably, and more effectively.
Moisture Detection and Measurement Equipment
Scientific drying principles rely upon specialized equipment to detect, measure, and monitor a property’s moisture levels. Recent advances, like infrared cameras, can help us detect water through a wall, ceiling, or floor.
- An infrared camera may be used to identify water location for thorough water removal.
- Sensitive moisture detectors, hygrometers, and other meters measure the extent of moisture saturation
Water Extraction Equipment
Powerful extraction equipment speeds the drying process by removing the bulk of the water from your home or business.
- Submersible and gas-powered pumps for continuous pumping of high-level water.
- Truck-mounted and portable extraction units perform efficient water removal.
Industrial strength air movers and dehumidifiers are needed to remove the remaining moisture from ceiling, walls, and floors of your home or business. Proper drying helps to prevent swelling and warping of floors, walls, and furniture.
- High-speed air movers causes moisture to evaporate at a faster pace
- Industrial grade dehumidifiers pull the water vapor from the air.
Odor Removal and Deodorization
Water and fire damage often cause powerful odors. The machines we use remove airborne contaminants and control the air quality during the restoration and cleanup process.
- Air scrubbers
- Thermal foggers and deodorization agents
Disaster and Recovery: Are you prepared?
A disaster is defined as any event which disables, interrupts, or adversely affects the ability to operate a business in a normal manner. The National Archives and Records Administration estimates that only 43 percent of businesses that suffer an incapacitating disaster are able to recover and resume operation. Of that 43 percent, only 29 percent are still in business two years later. Developing a solid working contingency plan is essential in the recovery efforts of your clients.
There are two major categories of disasters: internal (or man-made) disasters and natural disasters. Internal disasters include events such as fires, water damage from plumbing failure, major computer failure destroying data, phone system failure, and major electrical outages. Natural disasters include flooding rom streams and rivers, hurricane, ice storms, tornadoes, earthquakes, mudslides, and windstorms.
Experts estimate that only 5 percent of disasters affecting business caused by nature.
Consider a hazardous material incident in a factory close to your facility where a toxic gas is released requiring mandatory evacuation of everyone within a five-mile radius for weeks. What about a train derailment with explosives, fuel, or some kid of dangerous chemical? Civil unrest resulting in rioting and looting, or even terrorism as we are all too familiar with now, could interrupt your client’s operation just as easily as a natural disaster. Would you know how to react?
Before developing a contingency or preparedness plan, take some time with your client for self-examination. What can be done to prevent or at least mitigate the effects of a catastrophic loss to their business? There have been many losses that could have been prevented, or at least the severity of damages reduced, with proper planning. Consider where archived documents and data are being stored--hopefully not in an abandoned room in the basement. The key to recovery is preparedness. If you know the situation—who the players are and what the responsibilities are for each member of a response team—your clients will be able to better handle business resumption. The pre-planning phase is a must for disaster situations. This if the main ingredient for any resumption plan and must be tested for many situations to make sure a business has considered every conceivable disaster that could impact its operation. Identifying and eliminating hazards and risks is the best way to help in the prevention of a disaster. It is much easier to prevent the disaster than to recover after one has struck. Your clients should call the fire department and have an inspector examine their facility, especially if they are renting. Fire inspectors can help identify risks and make suggestions on how to correct potential problems. OSHA also offers a free consultation program and will inspect facilities for hazards and risks. OSHA and fire inspectors will help businesses select preventative measures. Another risk to consider includes the area where your client’s operation is located. Are there businesses that utilize hazardous elements in their production? Are your clients located near major railways or freeways? Some of the most innocent looking buildings could possibly be the most dangerous.
The geographical area a business is located in dictates, to some degree, the type of natural disaster which may strike. Knowing the type of natural disaster most likely to occur in your client’s area can help in planning and risk management.
For business owners, developing mutual agreements with a multitude of vendors is essential as a routine part of a recovery plan. Creating relationships with different vendors before a loss occurs gives your client the ability to make arrangements and help them become familiar with each other’s services and situations before a disaster takes place. Mutual agreements become even more important for your client to be able to obtain services when everyone else needs emergency contractors, which is the case in regional disaster situation. Agreements with emergency service contractors should stipulate that your client has priority for services in restoring their facility and servicing their customers.
We understand how important it is to resumes business operations as quickly as possible following a catastrophic event. SERVPRO of South Orange County can provide services on a 24-hour basis. We work hand in hand with contingency planners, risk managers and insurance representatives to supply emergency response personnel in any situation, whether your client’s loss is large or small.
Helping Businesses Recover
At SERVPRO of South Orange County, we know you serve more than just one type of customer. That’s why we offer more than one type of service. Did you know we can also service your commercial property clients, as well as you residential customers?
What would happen if your client’s business was interrupted due to a water or fire damage? What would happen if a disaster were to strike? They say disasters strike when you least expect them. At SERVPRO of South Orange County, we know what to do. We specialize in fire, water, and wind restoration, as well as mold remediation. We also have a Commercial Large Loss division.
At SERVPRO of South Orange County, we understand the importance of minimizing business interruptions and loss of revenues. Let us help you keep your client’s business running in case of disaster. Listed below are just a few of our services:
Emergency Mitigation Services- Water extraction, drying and dehumidification, sewage & gray water extraction, cleaning & sanitizing, document drying & restoration, Mold remediation of structure & contents, Fire & Smoke cleaning: structure & contents.
Flooring Services- Carpet, vinyl flooring removal & replacement, ceramic, vinyl & linoleum maintenance & services, wood flooring maintenance & renovation.
Carpet Maintenance Services- Cleaning, drying, stretching & seaming, spitting & deodorizing.
Upholstery Cleaning- Dry to wet procedures (depends on fabric and soil conditions), Specialty fabrics such as Haitian cottons and silk.
Contents Services- Itemized, packing & moving (if needed), textiles cleaning, furniture restoration, appliance cleaning, electronics inspection, deodorization and storage services.
HVAC and Ductwork- HVAC system analysis, deodorizing air handlers, cleaning & sanitizing service.
Remember, SERVPRO of South Orange County is not only here for disasters but also for day-to-day business emergency services.
Water intrusion in one room can mean water damage in other rooms
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.
Excess H2O Can be a Formula for Trouble
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
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.
Be Prepared- Damage to commercial buildings
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.
EXTREME caution needed when dealing with contaminated water damage
Any water damage in your facility is bad. Especially when the water contains potentially harmful bacteria that can affect the health of occupants and the value of your property. Toilet overflows, sewage backups and other black water intrusions are more than nasty, smelly messes; these biohazardous damages also introduce harmful microorganisms into your building, as well as the moisture necessary to ensure their continues growth.
Sewage damage poses serious health risks to anyone exposed to the contaminated water. The danger arises from various harmful substances, including parasites that can cause intestinal disease. Some common risks are Hepatitis A, E-coli and Salmonella. This grossly unsanitary water is often referred to as “black water.” Building occupants should practice precautionary and safety measures at all times when dealing with the threat of black water.
Safety Tips for Building Occupants
- Avoid all contact with sewage and items contaminated by sewage.
- Wash your hands thoroughly after contact with contaminated items.
- Spread contaminated water by walking unnecessarily on damaged or wet areas and by tracking the contamination elsewhere.
- Turn on the HVAC system if impacted by water, The HVAC system could spread contaminated air to other parts of the building.
- Use household fans to dry the structure which could possibly spread contaminants.
- Use products for personal hygiene and cleanliness if they have been exposed to the contaminated areas.
- Consume food or drink that has been exposed to the contaminated areas.
A mop and common cleaning products may not be enough for black water intrusions. SERVPRO of South Orange County professionals are trained to safely clean and restore your building, utilizing the following procedures:
- Survey the Extent of Damage and Inspect the Premises.
- Perform Emergency Water Extraction.
- Move and Block Furniture.
- Provide Floor Service.
- Inspect carpet and Padding.
- Apply Necessary Treatments Including Disinfectants and Deodorizers.
-Utilize and Monitor Drying Equipment.
-Dispose of Refuse.
SERVPRO of South Orange County Professionals understand how disruptive and dangerous contaminated water can be and offer 24-hour emergency response. Under normal circumstances, a trained, uniformed restoration technician arrives on onsite within four hours of loss notification to begin emergency mitigation services. By responding quickly with a full line of water cleanup and restoration services, your SERVPRO of South Orange County Professional can help you regain control quickly through proper drying, deodorization and protection of your facility and contents. Abiding OSHA guidelines and all applicable health regulations, SERVPRO of South Orange County Professionals remove moisture, sewage and contaminants, disinfecting and deodorizing as they safely clean and dry your building and restore contents. So, before you risk your health trying to clean up the damage, call SERVPRO of South Orange County (407)226-2621