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Water issues that can affect your business
For a commercial property owner in Tampa, unexpected water problems can be a big issue. Fortunately, a water damage professional can help you assess, clean, and repair damages from any flooding or leaks you may have. Here are a few of the most common water problems a business may face from leaking pipes to foundation cracks.
1. Pipe Breaks
A pipe break can occur in a number of ways. Over time, the pipe can age and loosen in its fittings, or extensive use can lead to pinhole leaks. Extreme heat or cold can affect a pipe’s integrity. A blocked pipe can lead to pressure buildup and burst.
2. Plumbing Backup
Blocked plumbing can lead to a toilet backup or sink overflow. Water in blocked pipes can take the shortest path regardless of its intended flow path. Blockages occur including the buildup of water minerals over time inside a pipe or someone pouring a solidifying material, such as plaster or grease, down a drain.
Extreme weather conditions can lead to leaking pipes. Cold temperatures can cause the water in pipes to freeze and expand. The expansion puts pressure on the pipe and can create a crack or cause it to burst. If you know cold weather is coming, you can check with a local professional what preventive measures to take.
4. Foundation Cracks
Foundation cracks can become a problem leading to water damage. Water can seep through any cracks and pool, leading to issues such as mold. Any cracks should be assessed quickly to determine the best course of action.
Water damage can happen to a commercial property. Fortunately, a professional can fix the damage caused by leaking pipes, foundation cracks, backed up toilet, or weather, and help you repair your property.
When "What If" Becomes "What Now"
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Problems do not care if you are on vacation or out of the office; they can arise 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. The key to being prepared before disaster strikes and dealing with these unforeseen circumstances is implementing our Emergency READY Profile.
Did you know, As many 50% of businesses have to close following a disaster? Companies that survive a tragedy had a preparedness plan in place beforehand. Pre-planning can serve as an insurance policy aimed at peace of mind. SERVPRO’s Emergency READY Profile helps your business have a plan in place and assists in keeping you and your staff members informed on exactly how to handle fire and water damage.
For additional information regarding SERVPRO’s Emergency READY Profile, you can visit http://ready.SERVPRO.com or call SERVPRO of Tampa Southeast at (813) 694-9092.
Time is Important When You Have Water Damage
A burst pipe can mean a big problem for your business.
You depend on your business to keep money flowing in, and you rely on the building where location keeps business going. However, when a pipe or supply line springs a leak, it can throw a kink into your week. The time it takes for you to arrange pipe burst cleanup can make the difference between a simple cleanup or extensive water damage.
The First Few Minutes
A variety of events can cause water damage:
• Pipes breaking
• Supply line leaking
• Toilet overflowing
• Adverse weather flooding
• Foundation cracking
If all you need is pipe burst cleanup or supply line repair, the first few minutes of water cleanup are crucial. Turning off the source stops water from making the problem worse.
The First Few Hours
The longer water sits, the potential havoc it wreaks. Walls can start to disintegrate, and items made of pressed wood can swell and warp if exposed to humidity. Water from burst pipes and supply lines can still damage the furniture, floors, and supplies in your workplace. Call SERVPRO of Tampa Southeast at (813) 694-9092.
The First Few Days
In the first few days, the water damage that persists can interrupt your business, harming your business bottom line. It can become a breeding ground for mold and bacteria growth.
To limit the extent of water damage to your business, SERVPRO of Tampa Southeast needs to begin pipe burst cleanup as soon as possible. By acting quickly, you may be able to turn a potentially massive setback into an easy fix. For additional information about commercial restoration, call now at (813) 694-9092.
Commercial Mold Removal
SERVPRO is here to help your mold infestation
A recent call to check an old restaurant was purchased in hopes of giving it a new life. This result led to a large mold job for SERVPRO of Tampa Southeast. Upon entering this abandoned space, it became clear immediately this was a mold remediation job for the experts! So we went to work! With mold covering the walls, the bar area, baseboards and crown “mold”ing (pun intended), our crew had to suit up with PPE including respirators and Tyvec suits to ensure protection! Mold remediation is a tedious job for a home but when it is a commercial property like a restaurant, containment sets up so contaminated unaffected areas aren't. All items with mold exposure are disposed. When the demo was complete, industrial hygienists came to ensure that the commercial property was good to go! Mold remediation in a commercial property is a tedious yet rewarding job, when we get to see a building brought back to life!
Sprinkler Water Damage
Sprinkler Systems can cause your business water damage after a fire.
A fire in a commercial business or a property managed real estate complex can be devastating, but when you add in the additional damages from the sprinkler systems kicking on, the commercial damages are enormous. Businesses and apartment complexes cannot afford to close for a day; it affects the lives of many different individuals. SERVPRO of Tampa Southeast offers 24/7 commercial damage services to get commercial businesses back on their feet in as little time as possible.
Using SERVPRO of Tampa Southeast commercial services is like a one stop shop. SERVPRO’s commercial services are an umbrella term that extends our normal services into a commercial setting. SERVPRO simultaneously treats fire and water damages. Our commercial services reduce the cost that businesses pay because they don't need to look for multiple companies. The other additional benefit to SERVPRO is that they are a liaison insurance companies and clients..
Unfortunately, disasters are not preventable, but companies like SERVPRO are there to make it “Like it never even happened,” with their residential and commercial services. For questions regarding SERVPRO of Tampa Southeast's commercial services, contact the office at (813) 694-9092, visit the website, or message them on Facebook!
Commercial HVAC Tips
Keep your HVAC system working properly by following these tips.
It’s a good idea to hire a professional to come inspect your HVAC system; if any maintenance is needed, that same company can take care of it immediately. You will want to have an inspection done every fall and again in spring, after the heavier use months during winter and summer. A professional will inspect and clean your unit’s wiring and mechanisms, which would be a bit challenging for anyone without the training or expertise. Using a professional ensures that the future of your business’ HVAC is bright!
As a business owner, there are several simple maintenance chores that you can do to prolong your system’s life and increase its efficiency between professional inspections and maintenance, such as:
- Get a high-efficiency, pleated air filter for your system
- Keep your heating units and AC free of pollen, leaves, and grass
- Keep two feet of space clear around your outdoor AC and heating units
- Inspect refrigerant lines every month
- Replace air filters at least every 90 days
- In the summer, turn off the water running to the furnace humidifier
- In the fall, replace the humidifier filter and turn the water back on
- Replace the carbon monoxide detector battery
- Make sure your outdoor AC unit is on firm and level ground
- Clean AC condensation with a bleach and water mixture
Caring for your HVAC throughout the year will keep your work environment air quality and atmosphere pleasant, which keeps your staff happy and content. It will save you money by improving and maintaining your energy efficiency throughout your building.
The team at SERVPRO of Tampa Southeast is always ready to inspect and maintain your HVAC system, and we are here to answer any questions you might have. We are also experienced in large cleanup jobs such as those needed because of fire damage or water damage, and we are pros at mold remediation. Call us today
Commercial Fire Damage
Fire loss can happen to anyone at anytime, call SERVPRO!
Commercial fire damage repair is something you never think you will need for your business, but the unfortunate reality is some businesses will experience a fire damaging event. Fires can occur by an electrical shortage from overloading an extension cord to a lightning strike. As the flames extinguish you may begin to worry what steps to take to resume business. The best advice is to have a plan.
The Damage Caused by a Fire
When you experience commercial fire damage, you may reflect on the mess left in the charred ruins of the property. However, the damage you need to contend with will go beyond the ashes. To repair the property, seek the help of a professional team like SERVPRO. Water is extracted after the firefighters' efforts. The smoke damage may cause a problem that the burnt materials from the fire. While a fire may be contained in one area of the building, smoke can fill most of the areas, and it can cause significant damage and odors. Our trained Fire & Smoke Damage Restoration Technicians (FSRT) can resolve these issues. When smoke and water damage are dealt with appropriately, the structure will not show any aftereffects. "Like it never even happened."
A fire loss within your enterprise, whether a retail store, rental apartment building, professional office, or a warehouse, costs you customer goodwill and loss of profitability when business cannot be conducted. We can generate a corporate program called the Contents Claim Inventory Service (CCIS.) This report will categorize all affected materials, furniture and equipment, stock, electronics, and documents. We suggest what is salvageable, non-salvageable, or questionable. The final decision rests with you and your insurance company as to how we proceed. SERVPRO is a preferred commercial fire damage restoration company to more than 300 insurance companies, federal and municipal entities, and property management companies. We willingly coordinate efforts with your insurance adjuster to efficiently and economically restore your business in the best manner possible.
When to Make the Call
After you have dealt with commercial fire damage, you may ask yourself when you need to make the call to a professional for assistance. The time to contact SERVPRO of Tampa Southeast as soon as the fire is out. Our business is to get you back in business! Rely on us, 24/7 for an immediate response.
ERP - Emergency Ready App
While SERVPRO is mostly known for residential water and fire restoration, it is important to know that we can also handle commercial losses! Those losses go beyond just water and fire though, as we remediate mold and provide general cleaning services.
We know when emergencies happen there is a lot at stake -- especially at commercial properties! Why not have help at your fingertips with SERVPRO's Ready App!
Use this for your home and business, as a owner, property manager, risk manager and facility management. We will help you create an Emergency Ready Profile (ERP) using the Ready App, it gives us access to critical facility information that helps speed up our response time.
If you want helping setting up an ERP, call us at (813) 694-9092 and we can have one of our Marketing Representatives come out and walk you through the process!