Recent Commercial Posts

Who should you call?

9/27/2019 (Permalink)

Being in charge of a large building or business certain responsibilities fall on you that you may not have thought of. What are you going to do if a disaster strikes a building or business you are in charge of? 

Do you have a plan in place with procedures and protocols? 

Do you have that handy and in a neatly organized place to help when you are frantic and in a panic?

Hopefully, this answer will put you at ease, you don't have to have all the answers. Our trained sales team can come out and walk you through the steps from start to finish. 

We will start by coming out and accessing any possible measures that could happen to your building weather from an inside source, or a natural disaster. 

We will then make an appointment to walk with either the property manager or the maintenance manager to take pictures, make shut off valves clearly, know where to park out vehicles when we arrive on site and finally who to contact. 

This will all be put into a neat binder step by step what to do on your side and for our side, so we maintain promptness and understanding in these stressful situations.

These binders will be kept in our office ready to go as well as one kept onsite handy for any office staff to reference. 

Lastly, these should be done yearly and updated to ensure that the contacts are correct or if any additions need to be made. 

Dos and Don'ts of Emergency Situations

9/27/2019 (Permalink)

Whether you are a property manger, maintenance coordinator or office manager it is important to know who has what duty in an emergency. 

You DO want to have a plan in place, with delegated duties ahead of time to ease the process. 

These duties should include things like who calls SERVPRO, who lets tenants know, and where the emergency response team can meet. 

You DON'T want to be left stranded without a plan in place when disaster strikes. This can lead to more damage and a longer rebuilding process. 

You DO want to have enough emergency supplies available for those who would need to stay in the office during a natural disaster.  

These thing should contain water, food, flash lights, and battery powered radio.

You DON'T want to have your employees leave the office in the middle of a natural disaster to go home, because of lack of supplies. 

In any situation you want to be as prepared as possible to have the safest environment for yourself and your staff. 

In emergency water, fire, or mold situation remember to call SERVPRO. 

Have you had your ducts cleaned lately?

6/20/2019 (Permalink)

In a large business it is hard to keep track of everything that needs regular cleaning. Having your ducts cleaned annually is important for both the health of the building and the health of those working there.

Ducts can harbor dust, bugs, and growth if left go on too long. The ducts can also show the state of the building and the condition of the air system as well. You may be able to see condensation as well as growth that let you know something else needs to be taken care of.

Cleaning the ducts in your business is little to no work for the building owner, other than setting the appointment. Trained technicians come in and remove all vent covers, use a special rotating brush and machine to thoroughly clean each air way and finally seal and sanitize everything to finish-up this thorough cleaning. Finally we will put all of the covers back on. Depending on the size of the building it can take anywhere from a few hour up to, two days to complete.

Your Building and your employees will thank you for clean, and breathable air. Keep records as they can be valuable if any work on the building is needed or eventually a sale takes place.

How to Handle a Disaster for Your Business

6/19/2019 (Permalink)

When a disaster strikes most people first think of their homes and families for supplies, but what about your business? In the frenzy it is important to know what to do and who to contact for your business as well.

Do you have a plan in place for your business? Who knows about the plan other than yourself? Is there a contingency plan if you are out of the area, so you know your business and its' employees are being taken care of?

These are all very important questions to have the answers to before a disaster strikes or is looming. Here we want to list the most important things to have taken care of before the situation comes about.

1. Identify the risks that are possible for the area your business is located in.
2. Develop a plan
3. Implement and Train all staff
4. Have all supplies available for when it is needed.

It is important to make sure everyone in the business knows what is going on, the plan, and what their role is in order to take action immediately and have a smooth, safe, and effective plan.

Common Hazards in Commercial Properties

2/5/2019 (Permalink)

There are many things with a commercial property that can arise and cause issue. There are also a few things that you can do as an owner or a property manager to keep your risks low and prevent possible damages.  

  1. Automatic Sprinkler System - Having an automatic sprinkler system installed can quickly reduce any damages caused by a fire erupting during anytime of the day or night. 
  2. Upkeep of maintenance - Any broken window or crack in drywall can quickly lead to an issue and become a long term event if not taken care of.  
  3. Lose debris - Having any lose debris or garbage piled up can lead to fines, damage, and even attract critters. Keeping all areas neat and tidy will easily reduce these risks.
  4. Dust Build-up - Make sure to keep all ducts and laundry vents clean. Best practice for a commercial building is to have both cleaned annually to keep the maintenance up on them.
These are some of the most common hazards known to commercial properties but also some of the easiest to reduce the risk on. Some of these items SERVPRO can even help and take care of. For your annual duct and vent cleaning give us a call to schedule today!

Local Aldi's Fire 12/27/2018

1/9/2019 (Permalink)

A freezer unit in the store had a mechanical issue causing it to catch fire in the Aldi's grocery store on this particular Thursday morning. Luckily no one was in the store when it happened. 

When crews arrived on Thursday morning there was smoke coming from the building letting the workers know there was something going on. The power company was notified but never needed to shut off the power. 

As a result of the fire, crews worked diligently to clean up the damage and placed equipment to also improve air quality in the building so that it was safe for both workers and customers.

In order to maintain the stores normal working hours crews worked after hours to stay out of the way of workers and customers during the day.

The management team in the store was very happy with the work done and will be returning for any other damage in the future. 

SERVPRO Can Handle Any Size Job At Any Time

9/10/2018 (Permalink)

At SERVPRO of Flagler County, we are equipped to handle any job at any time. We have a Commercial Large Loss Division and a Disaster Recovery Team.  

The SERVPRO Commercial Large Loss Division is composed of our best of the best in restoration. Our elite large-loss specialists are pre-qualified and strategically positioned throughout the United States to handle any size disaster. Every large loss is supervised by a commercial operations manager to help ensure seamless communication and timely mitigation.

The SERVPRO Disaster Recovery Team can provide help whether you're dealing with a tornado, hurricane, blizzard or flood. The SERVPRO System has a network of strategically positioned storm teams on standby should a disaster strike near you. Available 24 hours a day and 365 days a year, we are prepared for the unpredictable. With the ability to mobilize local command centers, along with the resources of more than 1,700 Franchises nationwide, no disaster is too big.

Hurricane Preparation for Commercial Businesses

8/28/2018 (Permalink)

In business, preparation is a vital component to survival. This is true for every aspect of your operation and while business owners prepare for all manner of financial upheavals, one area they tend to neglect is property damage – in particular property damage related to severe weather such as a hurricane, tropical storm, or tornado.

While you can’t control where a tropical storm or hurricane touches down, you can develop some disaster recovery plans that can help mitigate property damage and downtime due to the severe weather associated with this tropical activity. For starters, we recommend gathering your most valued employees and coming up with a disaster recovery strategy. Figure out crucial tasks to undertake before a hurricane strikes, and determine who will be responsible for them.

Typical disaster preparation strategies include backing up critical data and sensitive client information. Make sure you keep a back-up of your information off-site or on an outsourced server in the event your building receives critical damage.

Just like you would prepare your home for a hurricane, you should also take the same precautions, where possible, to secure your business to protect it from wind and water damage. Putting up storm shutters or boarding up windows is a good start. You should also secure or store any outdoor items on your property that may become a safety hazard when gale force winds descend.

As we noted above, property damage is only part of the concern when it comes to a hurricane. Loss of electricity and structural damage can cause downtime for your business. This downtime can last anywhere from a few hours to weeks – or longer. Having a secondary location where you can set up a temporary business can help you continue operations. If possible, you may want to consider setting up a system whereby employees can work remotely. This could be a cheaper alternative to opening a second office. Just make sure your critical information and network access is secure and only available to appropriate team members.

Along the same token, you want to keep the lines of communication open with your employees, vendors, and clients. Prepare your customers for any alternate contact information or locations, and if you suspect a slow-down in service, be forthcoming and let your clients know what to expect.

Finally, at the start of hurricane season, meet with your insurance agent and review your property and business insurance to make sure you are fully covered for any realistic scenarios. If you do experience property damage, content damage, or need the assistance of a disaster recovery service, SERVPRO of Flagler County / NSB- Titusville will help mitigate your losses and be an invaluable resource to get your business back up and running.

Big or Small We Handle It All

6/18/2018 (Permalink)

For all your remediation, restoration, cleaning, and rebuild needs SERVPRO of Flagler has it covered for Commercial Properties. No matter what size, we are available to come out and do it all from a large water loss to a large duct cleaning.

SERVPRO is available to come out and put together an emergency action plan for your building before a disaster happens to make sure we can get to you ASAP. Having an emergency action plan allows us to know where the shut off valve is, where to park, and many other important instructions that allow us to get you back up and running.

When coming to the property we will have everything put together as to disturb customer, workers, or tenants as little as possible and get to work as quickly as possible. Our marketing will be available to help for any of your scheduling needs.

Our marketing team will initially come out and walk to inspect the sight for pictures of everything necessary for the Emergency Action Plan. All plans and actions go into a single binder as well as an electronic version to have available and on hand whenever an emergency comes about.

These Emergency Action Plans can also be expanded to include and cleaning requirements or chemical limitations due to the location or nature of the business.

For all your commercial needs big or small give us a call here at SERVPRO of Flagler Beach, we can handle it all!!!

For the Big Properties

6/5/2018 (Permalink)

We cover everything from the small stuff to the big stuff. SERVPRO does a little bit of everything. With Big properties we take just as much time and effort as the small jobs to make sure everything is taken care of whether it is a damage from Fire, Water, Mold, or even a Biohazard.

To make it a little easier if a disaster strikes your business or group of homes we like to have an emergency plan to know everything. When I say everything, we come and take pictures of where to park, where the shut valves are, information on who to talk to, and even special instructions from the owner or manager.

This emergency plan speeds everything up for us to be able to get your disaster under control quickly. The more quickly we can access and begin work potentially the less damage the property may have.

We Can Help Your Business Recover After A Storm

4/11/2018 (Permalink)

The SERVPRO Disaster Recovery Team can provide help whether you're dealing with a tornado, hurricane, blizzard or flood. The SERVPRO System has a network of strategically positioned storm teams on standby should a disaster strike near you. Available 24 hours a day and 365 days a year, we are prepared for the unpredictable. With the ability to mobilize local command centers, along with the resources of more than 1,700 Franchises nationwide, no disaster is too small nor too big.

Call our SERVPRO of Flagler County office at 386-447-2202 to speak with one of our claim specialists to schedule an appointment with one of our Estimators. From Estimation to Completion, our team is ready to take care of your storm damage restoration needs.

SERVPRO of Flagler County Provides Quality Cleaning

3/28/2018 (Permalink)

At SERVPRO of Flagler County we are here for your business. When it comes down to your cleaning and restoration needs, SERVPRO of Flagler County provides quality cleaning and immediate response time. You're top priority, and we stand behind your business getting back into operation as quickly as possible. We offer more than just remediation and restoration services, we can take care of carpet, upholstery, and duct cleanings. We have the specialized training and products to get your property back to business. Our cleaning services include the following:

If you company needs any of these services call our office at 386-447-2202 to speak with one of our claim specialists to schedule an appointment with one of our Estimators. From Estimation to Completion, our team is ready to take care of your water damage restoration needs.

We Are Here For Your Business!

2/8/2018 (Permalink)

Fire, Mold, Water. We are here for your company whenever disaster strikes. With our 24-hour response team SERVPRO Flagler can be there within the hour to help. When it comes to your commercial property, we mean business. You need a company that can minimize the disruption to your clients while delivering superior results. Whether you need professional cleaning to make your business shine, or emergency water restoration services, SERVPRO of Flagler County has the training and expertise to help make it “Like it never even happened.”

The best part is No Job is too large for SERVPRO. The SERVPRO Commercial Large Loss Division is composed of our best of the best in restoration. Our elite large-loss specialists are prequalified and strategically positioned throughout the United States to handle any size disaster.

Call our office at 386-447-2202 to speak with one of our claim specialists to schedule an appointment with one of our Estimators. From Estimation to Completion, our team is ready to take care of your water damage restoration needs.

Commercial Building Losses

1/10/2018 (Permalink)

Faster To Any Size Disaster!

Having a damage to a commercial property can seen like an eternity for business owners. Loss of revenue is a major factor in this stressful time. It's important to have a company that you can trust and rely on. Not only to get your business back up and running, but to treat your business as if it was their own. Here at SERVPRO of Flagler County, we strive at making you our number one priority. Whether it's a small damage, or larger damage, we view every job the same with one goal in mind. To make sure time management is quick, and the job is done professionally and correctly. That's were our SERVPRO training comes in. Our highly skilled technicians go through extensive training to provide you with top quality work, while understanding each protocol and code enforcement. That way, the job is managed from start to finish effortlessly. If you feel your business was not handled properly during a storm event, or any type of previous damage, give SERVPRO of Flagler County a call at (386)-447-2202. We're here to help, educate, and make it "Like it never even happened."

Commercial Cleanup

10/12/2017 (Permalink)

When the green team rolls in!

When it comes down to your cleaning and restoration needs, SERVPRO of Flagler County provides quality cleaning and immediate response time. You're top priority, and we stand behind your business getting back into operation as quickly as possible. Our trained franchise professionals can also provide an itemized, area-by-area loss of inventory to help with content inventory claims. When dealing with a fire, water loss, or storm related issue, it is extremely important to help recover and save documents and information pertaining to your business. We understand the fragile state when a commercial business suffers a loss, but that's what we're here for; to reduce business interruptions and recovery costs. Through it all, you expect the most reliable information with the very best service, providing you with the comfort of around the clock service. 24/7- 365- that's the SERVPRO way.

SERVPRO of Flagler County Services

6/7/2017 (Permalink)

Fire, water and mold restoration in Flagler County

SERVPRO of Flagler County provides a wide scope of services not always offered by other SERVPRO franchises, such as biohazard cleanup and removal, HVAC repair and service and general construction for rebuilding and remodeling structures.  Those are in addition to the fire, water and mold cleanup and restoration services you may already be familiar with.  Below is a list of some of our services offered.

  •  Fire, Smoke, and Soot Cleanup and Restoration
  • Water Removal and Dehumidification
  • Crime Scene, Biohazard and Vandalism Cleanup (Lic 18-64-00143)
  • Mold Mitigation and Remediation (Lic MRSR2470)
  • Air Duct and HVAC Cleaning (Lic CAC1817509)
  • Carpet and Hard Floor Cleaning and Care.
  • Stain Removal, Stain Resistance Applications.
  • Odor Identification and Deodorization
  • Upholstery and Drapes: Wet and Dry Cleaning Methods
  • Our franchise is licensed in with the State of Florida for General Contracting (Lic CGC1514660) , HVAC, Biohazard cleanup and Mold Remediation.

 If you are unsure if we can help with an issue you are having, give us a call.  We are always here to help at 386-447-2202.

Restoring Your Commercial Property

6/6/2017 (Permalink)

Working to restore this Flagler Beach business.

Many of our customers at SERVPRO of Flagler County are pleasantly surprised to find that we are a licensed general contractor.  We work closely with home and business owners to remodel or restore their properties after a loss.  When its time to choose a contractor, these are some great questions to ask.

Are you licensed and insured?
The only acceptable answer to this question is yes. Any sign of hesitation or misdirection is a clear indication that you should look elsewhere for a contractor.

What type of experience do you have in this industry?
The construction industry has many facets, and expertise in one does not guarantee proficiency in others. The goal is to determine the skills the general contractor as well as how long they have been providing the services that interest you.

Who do you work with?
General contractors don’t work in a vacuum. Do they have established relationships with local subcontractors and suppliers? Are they familiar with the local regulations and building codes and the inspectors who enforce them? Hiring a contractor who has strong connections with the local professional network ensures that they have access to the resources necessary to complete your project smoothly.

How will communication be handled?
Communication is a vital factor in almost any relationship. If you have a question or concern, how do you contact your contractor? Can you expect regular progress reports? Who should you speak with if there’s a problem?

Click below for some great information from our friends at the Flagler Home Builder Association

Protect Yourself from Unlicensed Contractors

Are you searching for a general contractor for your next commercial or residential construction project? At SERVPRO of Flagler County, we understand that our success depends on the satisfaction of our customers, and we thrive on exceeding expectations. 

If you any additional questions, contact us today at 386-447-2202 to schedule a complimentary meeting with our rebuild team to discuss your general contractor needs.

Prepare Your Business for the Worst Now

4/28/2017 (Permalink)

The time to prepare is before disaster strikes.

Did you know, one of the easiest ways to protect your employees during severe weather is to have a weather radio in your business?  A National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) weather radio is just as important as having a fire alarm.  A weather radio is designed to alert you to dangerous weather situations such as an approaching tornado.  It allows you to be warned ahead of approaching storms providing you time to seek shelter.  A weather radio is the most reliable source for weather alerts.

There are many different weather radios available for purchase, but there are a few key features to consider before selecting one.  The following are the most important features to look for in a weather radio.

  • Reviewable alerts (you can scroll through alerts and turn off the siren for alerts and turn off the siren for alerts you do not wish to hear)
  • Specific Area Message Encoding (SAME) alert programming (alert when specific counties are threatened, ensuring you only receive alerts for your county).
  • Ease of programming.

Most major retailers and online stores offer weather radios with these features for around $30.  If you need assistance programming your weather radio, contact your local National Weather Service Office.  For additional information, including county codes for your state, visit the NOAA Weather Radio website at www.nws.noaa.gov/nwr

The best way to reduce business interruption following a disaster is to plan for it now.  To help prepare your commercial space or business, contact SERVPRO of Flagler County to take advantage of the Emergency Ready Profile program.  We can provide a no cost building assessment to help you be ready for whatever happens.  Contact our team at (386)447-2202 or online at www.SERVPROFlagler.com

Flood Damage in a Hammock School

2/8/2017 (Permalink)

Emergency Preparation Helps Prevent Storm Damage

SERVPRO Coordinates Water and Fire Cleanup in Many Municipal Buildings

Having an automatic sprinkler system in a high school building is a critical aspect of fire protection. If they are tested, inspected and maintained properly, they properly work as needed during a fire. Whether a fire occurs or the system malfunctions and releases water for no reason, the flood damage which results can be extensive. Now you need to search for a “reliable water remediation company near me.” SERVPRO is one such company who can come to your property and help you mitigate any flood damage.
 
Even though these malfunctions and commercial flood damage are rare in Hammock, they do happen occasionally. It could be because of a manufacturing defect, or even pranksters who trip the system by holding a lighter to the sprinkler head, or from the head of a sprinkler being hit and damaged, causing a discharge. When the fire department is called to put out a fire, the water damage which results can be throughout the entire school wing or building.
 
Thankfully, water damage from fire responders and the system discharging water are covered by a lot of commercial property insurance policies. Coverage includes standard forms of the Insurance Services Office. When it is an accidental discharge, basic commercial property insurance usually covers the cost to repair damage to the system if the damage causes results in the sprinkler leaking. The cost to replace and tear out any section of the building to repair the damage is covered as well. Municipal blanket insurance policies may differ from typical commercial policies.
 
Insurance policies require you as the insured to take steps after experiencing flood damage. Protecting the school from further damage, giving fast notice of the loss, giving an inventory of damaged items and property, and making damaged property open for inspection are tasks you are expected to perform. SERVPRO technicians can come in shortly after you contact them to assess damages and draw up a plan of remediation. We also work with the insurance company; SERVPRO has relationships with hundreds of government entities and can help.
 
When the sprinklers in your high school building have malfunctioned for any reason and caused flooding damage, you need to act quickly and get in touch with SERVPRO of Flagler County so that we can begin cleanup right away. The sooner you reach us at (386) 447-2202, the sooner we clean up the mess and prevent any additional damages so that the school can be up and running properly again.

Commercial Water Damage in Flagler Beach

1/15/2017 (Permalink)

Flooding can damage your business. Call SERVPRO quickly to address the damage.

SERVPRO is Trained to Handle Any Particular Flood Damage Situation

Discussing your business with friends, you begin to wonder how much protection your insurance coverage offers for various situations. Are you covered during a flood? What happens with your business if you have a leaky pipe, or if a storm hits that causes water damage inside? It would be smart for you to take a few minutes to read up on your coverage and contact your agent to assist you with answering these questions. You will want to ensure that the monthly fees you are paying provide you with the proper protection to cover these kinds of events and more. Next, you should spend some quality time locating a local company that offers rapid emergency response and has access to the right amount of resources and personnel to help protect your business during an emergency.
 
While each situation is unique, protecting your Flagler Beach business from commercial water damage is high on our list. We manage unusual situations all of the time, our field technicians have access to quality equipment and are expertly trained to handle many difficult situations that arise. Different sources of damage can lead to differing severity and illicit a specific response to each situation.
 
At SERVPRO our technicians have experience in handling flooding events for many different kinds of companies on a regular basis. Anything from a single office to those businesses that take up entire three-story deluxe hotel buildings, flooding requires substantial water removal and multiple drying techniques to be deployed. Flooding can be the result of overflow from a storm causing water to enter your business and bring harmful microorganisms, filth and debris along for the ride. Alternatively, almost just as common, breaks in pipes or poorly maintained fixtures cause fresh water flooding from an indoor source. Each of these examples requires a unique approach to deal with in the field.
 
SERVPRO finds water protruding from broken indoor piping in company restrooms regularly; leaks produce significant amounts of damage from small areas. Businesses with cleaning storage areas that develop damage over extended periods of time, steadily weakening the structure and surrounding materials. Usually, after finding the source and repairing the damage, it is possible to recover from this type of flood damage rather quickly.
 
Storm Damage, generally caused by massive natural events that we have no control over. SERVPRO technicians often see damages to structural materials, exterior windows, roofing, and stucco walls that take damage from high winds or massive hail storms that do just enough damage to give heavy rain an opportunity to soak through, causing subsequent damage to affect other areas of a building, powerfully affecting your business.
 
We have expertly trained technicians, equipped to deal with water damage and removal of all kinds. Contact SERVPRO of Flagler County today, we are available 24-7, including holidays. (386) 447-2202.

What Can Close Doors in Commercial Fire Damage

8/16/2016 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Can Restore a Fire Damaged Commercial Building in Palm Coast.

Commercial Fire Damage Is Cleaned Up by SERVPRO

Every year across the United States, thousands of businesses take on heavy fire damage and are often forced to close down temporarily or permanently due to the smoke and fire. Whether through an accident, malicious arson, poor weather, or any other source, a fire in your business may mean the cessation of operations temporarily or for good. Even light fire damage can disrupt normal business and close doors until restorations are complete. Here are just some of the ways a fire can disrupt business in a commercial establishment.
 
Smoke
Smoke accompanies Palm Coast commercial fire damage of all kinds and often persists in its effects if not properly taken care of right away. Smoke is composed of microscopic particles that can embed themselves in everything from clothing to walls to floors. It gets everywhere. Smoke has a very noticeable and unpleasant smell, keeping customers and clients away.
 
Burnt-Out Material
Where a fire is burning and consuming material (fuel), there is typically heavy damage and charring. If we are forced to renovate and replace anything that is burnt following a fire, it is usually here, as total loss seldom occurs elsewhere. Even this can be cleaned and salvaged, however, and our expert technicians are trained to look out for anything restorable even in the most devastating of fires.
 
Ash and Soot
Ash and soot have a way of accumulating both in the affected area and throughout the building, and this is often the source of unnecessary distress for many business owners. Gray and black powder covering your workplace may look like massive damage, but our technicians can clean and work around even heavy soot and ash damage. Our IICRC Certified Fire & Smoke Damage Technicians (FSRT) utilize special dry sponges to wipe down soot coated surfaces. A repainting is much less expensive and time-consuming than replacing walls, floors, or ceilings.
 
Melted Materials
In a business, many materials can melt in a fire, from countertop appliances to fiberglass materials. Depending on the industry and material burned, these may present serious hazards to the lungs, nose, eyes, or just about anywhere else on your body. If you see anything melted in the building, take extreme caution around it, and make sure you have a mask covering your mouth (this is a good idea in general). The best advice is to leave the cleanup to the professionals to quickly restore your enterprise to its pre-loss condition.
 
SERVPRO of Flagler County is a professional, well-equipped local business with the personnel and equipment to take on the restoration of even the heaviest of commercial fires. Call us 24/7 at (386) 447-2202 for services or a quote.

Water Damage To Your Business Needs To Be Remedied FAST

6/8/2016 (Permalink)

Regular Roof Maintenance and Repair Can Prevent Water Damage

Professionals Can Get You Back To Business Quickly

Unexpected commercial water damage can occur rapidly with no warning. When an emergency strikes, call on us at SERVPRO to launch a rapid response with a team of experienced commercial water responders waiting to handle your emergency. Time is of the essence when predicting the sustainability of your commercial property.

Preventing Palm Coast water damage is critical to an organization's bottom line. The return on investment of preventative structural maintenance and inspections far outweighs the inconvenience and expense associated with commercial water damage. Regular inspections of the building's roof are necessary to identify leaks or signs of wear and tear. Worn rooftops, loose shingles, or missing shingles are a sign of advanced weathering and an increased potential for commercial water damage.
 
Despite best efforts and preventative maintenance, SERVPRO of Flagler County understands that unprecedented storm damage and rain can leave rooftops weak and subject to slow leaks. Severe weather and hurricane force winds can prematurely weather the life of the roof. When trees fall over during a storm and land on your building's roof, underlying water damage may occur. Over time, a commercial roof can develop a significant leak leading to flooding. Flooding can lead to water damage or destruction of computers, printers, and other electronic expensive equipment in the office. Papers and files may not be salvageable after commercial water damage.

We recognize that your company's efforts may not be able to be replaced when documents are unable to be salvaged. Our team of experts is available to make an initial assessment of the water damage, identify the source of the flooding, and develop a restoration plan. We will work with your insurance company and provide copies of our assessments, damage report, and restorative plan of action.
 
When your commercial water damage emergency occurs, contact SERVPRO of Flagler County to service your needs. We can be reached at (386) 447-2202.

Water Damage in Flagler Beach

5/19/2016 (Permalink)

Water Damaged Office After a Flood

Steps to Take Immediately After Water Damage in Your Business

Hopefully your business will never experience Flagler Beach commercial water damage, however, in case you do, it is important to know how to handle the situation before it happens so you are prepared if and when it does. Flood damage can cause structural concerns and several other issues, so there are steps to take immediately afterward so you can protect your business and employees.


Shut Off Potential Hazards


If it is safe to do so, you will want to make sure that you turn off any electricity to the affected areas. You don’t, however, want them to be turned on before you are ready, which risks mixing electricity and water or making a gas leak before the flood damage can be corrected.


When you call in professionals for help, the remediation company will also have special tools, such as a digital moisture meter, to find any signs of hidden moisture, such as behind walls, to make sure that they can completely dry out your business properly and avoid any mold from growing.


Make Sure to Protect Yourself


 If you have to walk in any flood waters, wear sturdy shoes which will protect your feet from hidden debris in the water which could trip or cut you. Hip waders are a good idea as well, since flood waters can be contaminated, even if to the naked eye they look clean. Look out for snakes or other critters which have been displaced by the flood, and do not ever put your hands anywhere you cannot see first.


When all else fails, and you are not sure about going into your building, wait for the professional remediation company to arrive. They are aware of all the procedures and steps to take to keep themselves and others safe, plus will have all the protective gear to wear as they are checking everything out for you.


Pictures, Pictures, Pictures!


Make sure and document as much of the damage to your commercial property as thoroughly as you can. This will help you out when you are filing your claim with your insurance company for the water damage near Flagler Beach created by the flood. When you do re-enter your business, get photographic evidence of the damage that was left behind by the water, plus any water that is still there. Document all that you can and then speak with your insurance company in a prompt manner.


Salvage What you Can


Mold damage is very common after your business has experienced commercial water damage in Flagler Beach and only needs about twenty-four to forty-eight hours to start growing. The professional restoration company can assist you in this, but you will need to throw away anything that has been saturated for over forty-eight hours and figure out on a case to case basis what else can be saved or needs to be thrown away. Rugs and padding will always need to be tossed if they are damaged by flood waters, and you may need to get rid of things like insulation or drywall as well if they have become flood damaged. Any food which has been affected will also need to be thrown away if it’s come into contact with the flood waters, as the water from floods can carry plenty of contamination.

SERVPRO of Flagler County is a professional and local company in Flagler Beach who will quickly respond to your flood damage needs. When you experience such an event in Flagler county, we have the experience and resources to help. Contact us any time at (386) 447-2202.

Flagler Beach Fire Damage - Get Back to Business as Usual with Fire Damage Services in Flagler Beach

4/27/2016 (Permalink)

A Flagler Beach commercial fire can cause a considerable amount of damage to your place of business.

Call SERVPRO of Flagler County for Flagler Beach Commercial Fire Damage Services

Flagler Beach commercial fire damage services can help you restore your place of business so that work can continue as usual after a fire event. Even a small fire can cause your operations to cease for a period of time until the repair work has been completed, and you may wonder how long it will take until your business property is fully functional for your commercial needs again. While it can be stressful to deal with a fire at work, rest assured that professional services can help you restore the property so that operations can pick up again quickly.

The Damage Caused by a Commercial Fire
A Flagler Beach commercial fire can cause a considerable amount of damage to your place of business, even with a minor fire that is localized to a small area in your establishment. Because the water damage from the firefighters and the smoke damage from the fire can extend far beyond the area where the fire was contained, a significant portion of the property can be damaged even if the fire was very small in size. With larger fires, the damage can be even more widespread and destructive. Your property may be partially or entirely inoperable until the repair work has been completed.

The Significant Work Required to Repair Fire Damage
A fire in a Flagler Beach commercial property will cause a charred, burned mess for you to clean up, but the damage is more significant than this. With water and smoke damage to contend with, it will take hard work to repair Flagler Beach commercial fire damage. This may include drying out the property to remove traces of moisture from the firefighters' hoses, eliminating fire-retardant chemicals from the area and removing smoke from the drywall, furnishings and more. Some areas may be salvaged, but other materials may need to be scrapped and replaced with new materials. Determining what to salvage and what to replace can be difficult to do, and you understandably want optimal results while also containing costs as much as possible.

The Importance of Fast Results
Because Flagler Beach commercial fire damage affects your bottom line, you need quick results. Your business may not be producing a profit or may even be operating with a net loss until the damage is repaired, so time is of the essence. Professional services are the best answer.

After a commercial fire in your Flagler Beach property, contact SERVPRO of Flagler County for assistance. We are a local company that is available to respond to your request for service right away, and we will work diligently until the work is complete. To set up an appointment with our crew, call us today at (386) 447-2202.

Flagler Commercial Fire Damage Information

3/2/2016 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Says Fire Extinguishers Help Prevent Business Losses

SERVPRO Offers Advice and Fire Damaging Restoration Services to Your Flagler Business

Any Flagler commercial fire damage that occurs can be devastating for a small business owner. Many owners have devoted their lives and money to their businesses. The most frequent external forces that harm a small business are water and fire damage, often occurring in tandem. SERVPRO offers some advice on steps you can take to help mitigate any damage that a fire may cause.

To prevent a fire from causing major damage to your business, start by using the highest quality materials when building or remodeling your establishment. Newer and higher quality materials are more fire retardant. Spending money up front to protect your investment and your business can save you time and money in the long run. But, even if you have a plan, reduce the chances of fire, and use high-quality materials, you may still be the unlucky recipient of a fire-damaged business. Use fire damage restoration professionals from SERVPRO to help you quickly reopen your doors for trade.

Our Fire Damage Restoration Professionals are experts in helping homes and businesses clean up after a fire or other natural disaster. We possess the industry leading equipment, experience, IICRC training, and customer service to get the job done right! Fires can cause several layers of damage to businesses. Flames can cause damage to the exterior of the structure. Smoke, soot and water damage (fire extinguishing efforts or burst superheated plumbing)) can be significant outcomes in the interior of your business. Clean up time will be longer and more expensive if you don't secure the services of professionals. Smoke, water, and fire damage may not destroy the structure but can damage office furniture, supplies, electronics, and inventory. Smoke odor removal, antifungal and antimicrobial fogging to mitigate mold growth and sanitation finish the Flagler fire damage restoration process.

Outline steps ahead of time for employees and clients for a rapid escape to safety. Always post critical data for all emergencies, such as escape routes and fire extinguisher locations in several places throughout your business. Emergency communication to you, the owner, and the local fire and police departments should be posted on walls and speed-dials. There are many smoke detectors and sensors that can help you protect your business and livelihood. Fire suppressant sprinkler systems may be suitable for your building. If you invest in prevention, it may save you a lot of money, alleviate stress, and maybe save lives.

SERVPRO hopes you never have to deal with the effects of Flagler fire damage to your place of business. We can act with you and your insurance company to promptly assess, clean and restore your business while saving you time and money. Our objective is to limit your downtime and get you back to the business of doing business "Like it never even happened."

Commercial Restoration Presents Unique Challenges

SERVPRO of Flagler County has the equipment, experience, and training to handle large commercial fire damage emergencies in Flagler, retail shops in Palm Coast, and motels in Flagler Beach with speed and efficiency. Call us for all your mold, water, and fire damaging problems at (386) 447-2202

Roof Causing Water Damage to a Palm Coast Business

3/1/2016 (Permalink)

Flat Roof Water Damage Is Common in Palm Coast Commercial Buildings--Call SERVPRO

Palm Coast Commercial Water Damage Calls for Quick Restoration from SERVPRO

Commercial water damage in Palm Coast often originates from a roof leak. A flat roof can cause, in a large commercial warehouse or fabricating plant, water damage from non-containment of pooling rainwater. This covering protects the elements from gaining entrance from wind, rain, fire, and heat. Fortunately, in our climate, hail, ice, and snow are not destructive forces that can usually close a business. Of course, hurricanes and even tornadoes can be factors leading to business failures. This first line of defense, like our skin, protects the assets of your business while offering safety to employees, and customers. The roof is a very vulnerable part of the structure of a building because it is exposed to weather that can contribute to its the breakdown and deterioration.
 
A roof's job is to protect the building and its contents. Therefore, business owners would do well to incorporate a regular program that involves the inspection, maintenance and repair of the roof as needed. This will prolong the utility of the roof and ensure that it is protecting the business from any wind and water damage.
 
But roof problems do occur. And it is best to address roof issues before it is too late. There may be signs of serious roof problems that are clearly indicated inside the building. The presence of water stains on a ceiling could indicate the existence of a roof leak that is resulting in the penetration of water. It may also be the result of a leaking pipe or HVAC air handler. SERVPRO can quickly find the source of the water intrusion, stop it, and commence with the water extraction and drying and cleaning processes. Lost productivity, sales or service is lost revenue. Our skilled IICRC trained technicians can efficiently reopen your doors for business.
 
The appearance of mold indicates that the interior moisture levels are too high. This may be an indication that there is a problem with the roof.  Regardless, this is an issue that should immediately be addressed. Often, mold remediation goes hand in hand with water damage restoration. Professional assistance mitigates downtime and the impact of potentially closing for repairs. A SERVPRO assessment and inspection are wise first steps to lessen adverse effects.
 
It is a good business decision to call in the professionals from SERVPRO when there is a leak leading to water damage in your Palm Coast commercial site. A peeled back flat roof from a hurricane to a minor leak from a vent can be handled by our skilled experts. Don't allow your roof to create havoc for your business. Call us to dry and restore your establishment "Like it never even happened."

Commercial Water Restoration Presents Unique Challenges

SERVPRO of Flagler County has the training, equipment, and experience to handle large commercial flooding or water damage emergencies. Whether your water emergency occurs in a small office building in Hammock Dunes, or big box store in Palm Coast, we will respond quickly to mitigate the damage and manage the restoration project through to its completion. Call us 24/7 to get your doors reopened. (386) 447-2202

A Look At Mold Remediation in Hammock

2/29/2016 (Permalink)

Mold From a Vent Can Disrupt Your Tenants

In Hammock, SERVPRO Can Recondition a Mold Infestation in a Rental Unit

Hammock mold damage and related problems are not what you bargain for when you rent a home, apartment or a condo on the beach. You expect that the place will be warm, dry and that your belongings will be the same. You also expect that it will be a healthy environment for living, after all, you are paying enough money to your landlord for a pleasant, safe home. If your rental is hosting mold growth, not only are the fungi unsightly and musty smelling, but they can damage your personal belongs and produce adverse health effects.
 
As a tenant and as a landlord, it is the responsibility of both to make sure the residence is well maintained and clean. There are responsibilities of both parties to ensure the rented living space is kept dry and mold free. Both should strive to protect the property and thereby also protect health and safety.
 
Tennant – The tenant is living in the premises day-to-day and is the eyes and ears of the unit for the landlord. The renters also have the duty to act responsibly with how they live in the unit, being careful and taking precautions to keep the unit clean, use water responsibility and to notify the landlord if there are any problems, such as leaky pipes, overflowing toilets or leaking appliances. If mold is seen growing anywhere in a unit, the tenant needs to notify the landlord so it can be properly cleaned. Common places to find mold growth include:
 
• Around windowsills, rain or condensation
• In bathrooms
• On ceilings
• In closets or hidden wall voids
• On carpeting, that has been wet
• In the kitchen behind refrigerators or base cabinets
 
Landlords – Landlords should manage their commercial rental property and make sure tenants are living and treating the property with respect. It is the obligation of the landlord to fix leaky pipes right away. If an HVAC unit or toilet is leaking, a service man needs to repair or replace the malfunction, as well as do a thorough clean up of the area to prevent mold growth. In the case of an overflowing commode, call in SERVPRO technician to safely remove the contaminated water and sanitize with antimicrobial products. Our technicians can also inspect for mold and implement antifungal agents to stop any visible evidence of the fungi. If mold is present, or possible mold proliferation can occur, removing wet objects and properly discarding them is critical to preventing the mold from spreading. We can also utilize air movers, dehumidifiers, and air scrubbers to remedy mold growth, keeping your tenants happy, and your commercial property protected.
 
Telling your tenants to vent their home or condo out multiple times a week can help reduce the risk of mold growth. Oceanside living can result in excessive moisture leading to a conducive condition for mold growth. Windows and doors left open for even 20 minutes to refresh ambient air, can help.  The use of dehumidifiers, especially in the summer months, is highly recommended. The A/C will not only make the rental more comfortable for your tenants, but it will reduce the relative humidity (RH) to ambient air levels of 60% or less. By working together, a landlord and a tenant can limit the effects of leaks, flooding and moisture build-up.

If mold damage in Hammock does appear to be a problem, call SERVPRO for a no cost estimate to validate the presence of mold and offer mold remediation for removal, drying, and sanitizing your rental unit. With the proper safety gear, our IICRC trained technicians can return your property to its pre-mold damage condition "Like it never even happened."

Commercial Mold Remediation Presents Unique Challenges

Mold can spread quickly through a property if left untreated. SERVPRO of Flagler County can respond promptly in Hammock, Flagler, and Palm Coast to mitigate property and revenue losses. Call us 24/7 for help. (386) 447-2202

How to Deal with the Aftermath of a Fire in Your Bunnell Business

6/11/2015 (Permalink)

Suffering from a fire can be a major issue for any Bunnell business.

How to Deal with the Aftermath of a Fire in Your Business

Suffering from a fire can seem like an insurmountable issue for any Bunnell business. Hopefully, everyone makes it out safe and sound, but even a small fire can cause massive damage to your building, appliances, products and other possessions from the looming stench and harsh effects of smoke. Take the proper steps to protect what remains and clean up anything that may be experiencing Bunnell smoke or fire damage until our professional crews at SERVPRO can assess the situation, remove the smoke odors and clean up smoke and fire damage.


What You Should Do
Call SERVPRO for assistance as soon as possible. The smoke residue in your Bunnell home or business is corrosive, and the effects can start in as little as 72 hours. We have 24/7 emergency response crews around the country to get on the job as quickly as possible.


If it's at least 60 degrees outside, open the windows to start ventilating the rooms. Fresh air will be beneficial for both health and odor removal purposes.


Thoroughly clean off any items made of laminates, chrome, porcelain and aluminum to help prevent tarnishing and etching. Check if any items require specialized cleaning to ensure that the surface isn't damaged.


Using painters tape or masking tape and damp cheesecloth to cover the vents will help filter out soot that might be flowing through the ventilation system. If there are any open food packages in the affected areas, discard them immediately. Plants should be wiped off with a damp washcloth and brought outside for a while to get them fresh air and sunshine.


If the power needed to be shut off or went out during a Bunnell fire, clean out the refrigerators thoroughly and leave the doors open to air out any smoke odor. Any salvageable food items should be immediately put into a cooler or placed in or other refrigeration.


If there are clothing items that have been affected by smoke damage, we can refer you to professional restoration dry cleaners to get the smell out safely.


What You Shouldn't Do
Refrain from touching anything with your bare hands as the oils in your skin may cause further damage to the walls, woodwork, and upholstery. Wear rubber gloves at all times.


Don't attempt to wash the walls as you may end up soaking the soot into the paint, making it harder to remove. Additionally, do not try to clean upholstery or carpets with sprays or vacuums as this can also make the soot problem worse.


Don't use electrical devices or touch power cords without checking if they're safe.


Avoid using ceiling-mounted fixtures such as lights and fans if the ceiling is wet.

Locally Owned Company with National Resources

SERVPRO of Flagler County is locally owned and operated, so we are part of this community too. When you have a smoke or fire damage emergency, we’re already nearby and ready to help. We take pride in providing an essential service to the Palm Coast community and want to do our part in making it the best it can be.