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Water Restoration In Your Business

12/19/2018 (Permalink)

Work Place Water Damage is Restored by SERVPRO of East Davie/Cooper City

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 entrepreneurs and business space renters forget that storms and severe weather aren't the only causes of floods and water damage.  Commercial water damage in Edison is surprisingly common year-round, and it can drastically effect the operation of your business. Here are some of the typical 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Some older office and retail buildings still have outdated sprinkler systems that work in conjunction with fire protection systems.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.  Be sure to have your sprinkler system inspected annually by professionals.

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 has appliances and equipment that make use of water. If the appliance fails and sends water throughout 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. If you doubt the stability of some pipes contact a licensed plumber for a thorough inspection and assessment. 
 
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, realize the potential dangers of contaminated water which can cause health effects and ruin products and office furnishings. SERVPRO of East Davie/Cooper City has certified technicians to deal with this type of water damage.
 
If your business has suffered commercial water damage of any kind, SERVPRO of East Davie/Cooper City can get you back up and running again. Call us anytime at (954) 7411-4321 for fast help.

Does Your Business Have Mold?

12/18/2018 (Permalink)

Microscopic mold spores naturally occur almost everywhere, both outdoors and indoors. This makes it impossible to remove all mold from a home or business. Therefore, mold remediation reduces the mold spore count back to its natural or baseline level. Some restoration businesses advertise “mold removal” and even guarantee to remove all mold, which is a fallacy. Consider the following mold facts:

  • Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.
  • Mold spores are microscopic and float along in the air and may enter your home through windows, doors, or AC/heating systems or even hitch a ride indoors on your clothing or a pet.
  • Mold spores thrive on moisture. Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water. These colonies may produce allergens and irritants.
  • Before mold remediation can begin, any sources of water or moisture must be addressed. Otherwise, the mold may return.
  • Mold often produces a strong, musty odor and can lead you to possible mold problem areas.
  • Even higher-than-normal indoor humidity can support mold growth. Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent.

If your business has a mold problem, we can inspect and assess your property and use our specialized training, equipment, and expertise to remediate your mold infestation.  Call SERVPRO of East Davie/Cooper City to speak with our IICRC Certified Technicians at 954-741-4321.

Protecting Your Business From A/C Leaks

11/27/2018 (Permalink)

When you are running a business, proper maintenance of your HVAC system is important to keep your business running smoothly. Leaks in your air conditioning system can be frustrating. They are not only messy but can cause significant damage to your business and your inventory. SERVPRO of East Davie/Cooper City can help if you have such a disaster, and we work fast to help prevent more damage.

There are different issues which can cause your central AC system to leak and the need for water removal to your business . A clogged condensate drain pipe causes the drain pan to overflow. Water leakage from an HVAC system can cause drain lines to be clogged with rust, algae, dirt, and other debris.

Drain pipe fittings could be insecure if your AC system was not installed properly. They can loosen over time, causing the drain pipe to disconnect and let the condensate drain onto the floor or through the ceiling.

Another problem is a dirty or malfunctioning condensation pump. Leakage from your system can flood your business, and with the continual presence of water, mildew and mold can grow inside the AC unit, causing it clog.

Our SERVPRO technicians can help you remove the standing water in a case like this, dry the affected area out thoroughly with the use of commercial dehumidifiers and fans, and check for any hidden mold damage. We ensure the area is dry and clean again before we are finished.

Other potential causes for water leakage from your AC unit include low refrigerant, a clogged air filter, no p-trap and air vent in the drain like to stop a water backup, a condensate drain pan which is cracked, and condensate buildup in duct work, which is not insulated. Regular maintenance can help prevent these problems.

Call SERVPRO of East Davie/Cooper City for a free duct cleaning estimate at 954-741-4321.

How to Protect Your Business

11/20/2018 (Permalink)

Owning and operating a commercial property is stressful. South Florida business owners understand how quickly a commercial property can go from up and running smoothly to suffering badly from any disruption of business as usual.  As such, protecting your commercial property from water damage is essential to maintaining your business goals, keeping profits up, and making sure that your employees and customers are happy and satisfied with your business operations.

There are a million different things on your mind as a business owner and keeping up with water damage prevention may be on the bottom of your to do list. However, failing to plan can result in lost business, dissatisfied customers and work force, and a damaging reputation that may be impossible to come back from. Whether you delegate the commercial water damage planning process to someone else on your team or you take it upon yourself to get it done, thinking through a myriad of “what if” scenarios is critical to keeping your business afloat during trying times and unexpected natural disasters.

First and foremost, your business must establish emergency procedures during a storm. Who is responsible for what tasks? What if a storm is coming and the business is closed that day? Which staff members are on call for last minute preparations? Are all of your data and important documents backed up somewhere? Who has access to this information? Have you had a full inspection of the interior and exterior of your business in the event that damages are suffered? Are there any leaks or cracks in the windows, doors, or walls that need to be addressed? Is your plumbing up-to-date and effective? If these questions are overwhelming you, it’s time to create a plan before it’s too late.

Don’t panic! Efficient and effective planning now can be done with organization, dedication, and professional assistance. The team at SERVPRO of East Davie/Cooper City specializes in commercial property water damage cleanup and restoration. We understand how important your business is to you and your family and our staff of highly-trained commercial restoration specialists are here to help!  Call us 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 954-741-4321.

Tips to Prevent Mold in Your Business

11/20/2018 (Permalink)

Why should you worry about mold in your building? According to OSHA, some mold, over time, may cause structural damage to wood along with damage to furnishings and finishes. Additionally, if left unchecked, some types of mold have strong odors and may trigger allergic reactions or irritate existing respiratory conditions in some people.

Mold can grow anywhere with enough moisture and organic material. Use the following tips to help prevent mold growth in your business.

Tip #1: Clean Out the Refrigerator

It can be difficult to keep track of shared refrigerators. Some people will always remember to clear out their leftovers, others won’t. Old food storage containers are a perfect breeding ground for mold. Over time, mold can travel to the shelving and even outside the refrigerator.

Consider instituting an office refrigerator policy. If something is left in the fridge by a certain time each week, it goes in the garbage.

Tip #2: Look for And Repair Leaks

Leaks from plumbing, windows, roofs, and more can lead to significant water damage in your business as well as an increased risk of mold growth. If you aren’t regularly inspecting your property, it’s easy for these leaks to go unchecked until they create a larger, more costly problem.

Watch for telltale signs of a leak such as lower water pressure; wet spots on the floors, ceilings, or walls; and condensation around window sills and in attic spaces.

Tip #3: Keep It Clean

It’s easy for anyone to get caught up in work and let clutter take over his or her workspace. However, clutter creates lots of hiding spots for crumbs and dust, which are both great food sources for mold. Make sure to clear the clutter and wipe down hard surfaces regularly. Make sure to promptly clean all spills as well.

Clean and sanitize break rooms and bathrooms frequently. Both rooms provide ample opportunity for mold growth. These rooms should be cleaned at least weekly depending on how regularly people use each room.

Tip #4: Turn on the AC/Dehumidifier

Leaks aren’t the only way for moisture to accumulate in your business. High humidity levels can lead to moisture and mold as well. On hot days, fans can cool you off, but they don’t do much for humidity levels. Run your AC or a dehumidifier to cut down the humidity in the building.

Tip #5: Clean out Trash Cans

While you might switch out the liners regularly, can you remember the last time you washed out the trash cans? It’s easy for bits of food and condensation to sneak beneath liners into the can, which is all mold needs to grow.

Try washing out office wastebaskets about once a month to prevent mold growth.

Tip #6: Take Care of Your HVAC System

Your HVAC system can quickly distribute mold spores throughout your building if there is a problem. Make sure your HVAC system receives regular inspections. Sometimes moisture condenses inside air ducts or leaks drip onto ducts from ceiling tiles, which can lead to mold growth inside the ducts.

Make sure to keep the HVAC drip pans clean and unobstructed. Additionally, replace your filters as needed.

Tip #7: Slope the Ground Away from the Foundation

If the ground around your building slopes toward the foundation, water can accumulate and weaken your building’s structure. Additionally, it provides an ideal environment for mold to grow. The ground should slope away from the building. You should also make sure your building follows the local building codes for drainage.

Mold is persistent. Even if you follow all the right steps it’s still possible for mold to grow and spread in your building. Fortunately, we have the right experience in mold remediation to make your place of business “Like it never even happened.”

Unfortunately, mold doesn’t stay put—it grows quickly. You’ll want to give us a call as soon as you notice it, so we can start the remediation process. Our technicians have the training, equipment, and knowledge necessary to help locate and remediate mold efficiently.

If you find mold in your place of business, don’t hesitate to call SERVPRO of East Davie/Cooper City at 954-741-4321 and one of our IICRC Certified Technicians will be happy to answer your questions.

SERVPRO Is Here To Help With Commercial Water Damages

11/14/2018 (Permalink)

Flooding and water damage events at commercial properties are often complex with numerous issues that require a knowledgeable and flexible response. Whether we’re dealing with a relatively small water cleanup scenario or a large scale event, we work quickly to assess each unique situation and isolate the damaged area. In many instances, normal operations can continue in a temporary space while we restore your facility.

The goal of services for commercial water damage is to dry your business as soon as possible. Professional services from SERVPRO utilize powerful equipment to extract the water from the business so that the surfaces are dry. Besides, the moisture must be removed from the air, and powerful fans can be brought into the business to thoroughly dry out the space. Monitors can be used to track the progress so that the fans and dehumidifiers remain on until the humidity level has been restored to normal. This ensures that all signs of moisture are removed from the business before the repair and restoration work begins.

Call SERVPRO of East Davie/Cooper City 954-741-4321.

Commercial Water Damages

12/20/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Commercial Water Damages Here you see one of our professional extracting water from this office.

Work Place Water Damage is Restored by SERVPRO

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 entrepreneurs and business space renters forget that storms and severe weather aren't the only causes of floods and water damage.  Commercial water damage in Edison is surprisingly common year-round, and it can drastically effect the operation of your business. Here are some of the typical 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.  Be sure to have your sprinkler system inspected annually by professionals.

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 has appliances and equipment that make use of water. If the appliance fails and sends water throughout 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. If you doubt the stability of some pipes contact a licensed plumber for a thorough inspection and assessment. 
 
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, realize the potential dangers of contaminated water which can cause health effects and ruin products and office furnishings. SERVPRO of Edison has certified technicians to deal with this type of water damage.
 
If your business has suffered commercial water damage of any kind, SERVPRO of East Davie Cooper City can get you back up and running again. Call us anytime at (954) 725-6400 for fast help.

Does Your Cooper City Business Have A Mold Problem?

12/19/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Does Your Cooper City Business Have A Mold Problem? The business in this picture has a major mold problem as you can see in the picture.

Microscopic mold spores naturally occur almost everywhere, both outdoors and indoors. This makes it impossible to remove all mold from a home or business. Therefore, mold remediation reduces the mold spore count back to its natural or baseline level. Some restoration businesses advertise “mold removal” and even guarantee to remove all mold, which is a fallacy. Consider the following mold facts:

  • Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.
  • Mold spores are microscopic and float along in the air and may enter your home through windows, doors, or AC/heating systems or even hitch a ride indoors on your clothing or a pet.
  • Mold spores thrive on moisture. Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water. These colonies may produce allergens and irritants.
  • Before mold remediation can begin, any sources of water or moisture must be addressed. Otherwise, the mold may return.
  • Mold often produces a strong, musty odor and can lead you to possible mold problem areas.
  • Even higher-than-normal indoor humidity can support mold growth. Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent.

If your business has a mold problem, we can inspect and assess your property and use our specialized training, equipment, and expertise to remediate your mold infestation.

Causes For Ac Leaks At Your Business

11/29/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Causes For Ac Leaks At Your Business Make sure to maintain you AC unit at your business to save money and keep business running smoothly.

When you are running a business , proper maintenance of your HVAC system is important to keep your business running smoothly. Leaks in your air conditioning system can be frustrating. They are not only messy but can cause significant damage to your business and your inventory. SERVPRO can help if you have such a disaster, and we work fast to help prevent more damage.

There are different issues which can cause your central AC system to leak and the need for water removal to your business . A clogged condensate drain pipe causes the drain pan to overflow. Water leakage from an HVAC system can cause drain lines to be clogged with rust, algae, dirt, and other debris.

Drain pipe fittings could be insecure if your AC system was not installed properly. They can loosen over time, causing the drain pipe to disconnect and let the condensate drain onto the floor or through the ceiling.

Another problem is a dirty or malfunctioning condensation pump. Leakage from your system can flood your business, and with the continual presence of water, mildew and mold can grow inside the AC unit, causing it clog.

Our SERVPRO technicians can help you remove the standing water in a case like this, dry the affected area out thoroughly with the use of commercial dehumidifiers and fans, and check for any hidden mold damage. We ensure the area is dry and clean again before we are finished.

Other potential causes for water leakage from your AC unit include low refrigerant, a clogged air filter, no p-trap and air vent in the drain like to stop a water backup, a condensate drain pan which is cracked, and condensate buildup in ductwork which is not insulated. Regular maintenance can help prevent these problems.

Protecting Your Commercial Property

11/27/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Protecting Your Commercial Property This is a picture of a leak inside a bookstore causing a problem.

Owning and operating a commercial property is stressful. South Florida business owners understand how quickly a commercial property can go from up and running smoothly to suffering badly from any disruption of business as usual.  As such, protecting your commercial property from water damage is essential to maintaining your business goals, keeping profits up, and making sure that your employees and customers are happy and satisfied with your business operations.

There are a million different things on your mind as a business owner and keeping up with water damage prevention may be on the bottom of your to do list. However, failing to plan can result in lost business, dissatisfied customers and work force, and a damaging reputation that may be impossible to come back from. Whether you delegate the commercial water damage planning process to someone else on your team or you take it upon yourself to get it done, thinking through a myriad of “what if” scenarios is critical to keeping your business afloat during trying times and unexpected natural disasters.

First and foremost, your business must establish emergency procedures during a storm. Who is responsible for what tasks? What if a storm is coming and the business is closed that day? Which staff members are on call for last minute preparations? Are all of your data and important documents backed up somewhere? Who has access to this information? Have you had a full inspection of the interior and exterior of your business in the event that damages are suffered? Are there any leaks or cracks in the windows, doors, or walls that need to be addressed? Is your plumbing up-to-date and effective? If these questions are overwhelming you, it’s time to create a plan before it’s too late.

Don’t panic! Efficient and effective planning now can be done with organization, dedication, and a little professional assistance. The team at SERVPRO specializes in commercial property water damage cleanup and restoration. We understand how important your business is to you and your family and our staff of highly-trained commercial restoration specialists are here to help!

7 Ways To Avoid Mold At Your Business

11/27/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial 7 Ways To Avoid Mold At Your Business Due to mold at this business the walls are having to be removed and replaced.

Why should you worry about mold in your building? According to OSHA, some mold, over time, may cause structural damage to wood along with damage to furnishings and finishes. Additionally, if left unchecked, some types of mold have strong odors and may trigger allergic reactions or irritate existing respiratory conditions in some people.

Mold can grow anywhere with enough moisture and organic material. Use the following tips to help prevent mold growth in your business.

Tip #1: Clean Out the Refrigerator

It can be difficult to keep track of shared refrigerators. Some people will always remember to clear out their leftovers, others won’t. Old food storage containers are a perfect breeding ground for mold. Over time, mold can travel to the shelving and even outside the refrigerator.

Consider instituting an office refrigerator policy. If something is left in the fridge by a certain time each week, it goes in the garbage.

Tip #2: Look for And Repair Leaks

Leaks from plumbing, windows, roofs, and more can lead to significant water damage in your business as well as an increased risk of mold growth. If you aren’t regularly inspecting your property, it’s easy for these leaks to go unchecked until they create a larger, more costly problem.

Watch for telltale signs of a leak such as lower water pressure; wet spots on the floors, ceilings, or walls; and condensation around window sills and in attic spaces.

Tip #3: Keep It Clean

It’s easy for anyone to get caught up in work and let clutter take over his or her workspace. However, clutter creates lots of hiding spots for crumbs and dust, which are both great food sources for mold. Make sure to clear the clutter and wipe down hard surfaces regularly. Make sure to promptly clean all spills as well.

Clean and sanitize break rooms and bathrooms frequently. Both rooms provide ample opportunity for mold growth. These rooms should be cleaned at least weekly depending on how regularly people use each room.

Tip #4: Turn on the AC/Dehumidifier

Leaks aren’t the only way for moisture to accumulate in your business. High humidity levels can lead to moisture and mold as well. On hot days, fans can cool you off, but they don’t do much for humidity levels. Run your AC or a dehumidifier to cut down the humidity in the building.

Tip #5: Clean out Trash Cans

While you might switch out the liners regularly, can you remember the last time you washed out the trash cans? It’s easy for bits of food and condensation to sneak beneath liners into the can, which is all mold needs to grow.

Try washing out office wastebaskets about once a month to prevent mold growth.

Tip #6: Take Care of Your HVAC System

Your HVAC system can quickly distribute mold spores throughout your building if there is a problem. Make sure your HVAC system receives regular inspections. Sometimes moisture condenses inside air ducts or leaks drip onto ducts from ceiling tiles, which can lead to mold growth inside the ducts.

Make sure to keep the HVAC drip pans clean and unobstructed. Additionally, replace your filters as needed.

Tip #7: Slope the Ground Away from the Foundation

If the ground around your building slopes toward the foundation, water can accumulate and weaken your building’s structure. Additionally, it provides an ideal environment for mold to grow. The ground should slope away from the building. You should also make sure your building follows the local building codes for drainage.

Mold is persistent. Even if you follow all the right steps it’s still possible for mold to grow and spread in your building. Fortunately, we have the right experience in mold remediation to make your place of business “Like it never even happened.”

Unfortunately, mold doesn’t stay put—it grows quickly. You’ll want to give us a call as soon as you notice it, so we can start the remediation process. Our technicians have the training, equipment, and knowledge necessary to help locate and remediate mold efficiently.

If you find mold in your place of business, don’t hesitate to call us at 954-725-6400.

Restoring your commercial property after a water loss

11/17/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Restoring your commercial property after a water loss Our equipment is expertly setup to dry out this commercial water loss

Flooding and water damage events at Davie commercial properties are often complex with numerous issues that require a knowledgeable and flexible response. Whether we’re dealing with a relatively small water cleanup scenario or a large scale event, we work quickly to assess each unique situation and isolate the damaged area. In many instances, normal operations can continue in a temporary space while we restore your facility.

The goal of services for commercial water damage in East Davie/Cooper City is to dry the business up as soon as possible, and you may only have a mop or perhaps a wet vacuum that can be used to soak up some of the moisture in the business. This, however, is not the most effective way to dry up the mess. Professional services from SERVPRO utilize powerful equipment to extract the water from the business so that the surfaces are dry. Besides, the moisture must be removed from the air, and powerful fans can be brought into the business to thoroughly dry out the space. Monitors can be used to track the progress so that the fans and dehumidifiers remain on until the humidity level has been restored to normal. This ensures that all signs of moisture are removed from the business before the repair and restoration work begins.

Call SERVPRO of East Davie/Cooper City 954-741-4321.