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SERVPRO's Emergency Ready Plan

7/20/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Langhorne/Bensalem takes pride in building rapport, trust and strong relationships with property owners in their communities. This is why we are known for being, “faster to any disaster.” When disaster strikes, you better believe SERVPRO is there first to clean up the mess!

With SERVPRO’s Emergency Ready Plan, your business will be able to minimize interruption because you’ll know what to do and what to expect if any-sized disaster strikes. This program includes, a free assessment of your facility, customized property profile, guides on how-to return to the office after a disaster, easier insurance claims process, and more.

Our crew is available 24/7 to respond to any type of emergency, small or big and we take our work very seriously. Last week, we received a call late on a Friday about a water heater leak in a vacant office space. Our crew was out there in about 20 minutes to begin soaking and drying the water. They worked throughout the weekend to make sure majority of the work was done by Monday.

If you are looking to improve your company emergency response plan or procedures, SERVPRO’s Emergency Ready Plan is your answer!

Overheating Laptop

7/11/2022 (Permalink)

Now that everyone is living the ‘working from home’ life, our devices are constantly running.

Here are some reasons why your laptop overheats:

  1. The laptop is placed in a place where temperatures are high
  2. The laptops’ air exhaust vents are blocked, preventing air flow & resulting in overheating
  3. Software or a service could be consuming a lot of processing power
  4. Dust could be clogged in the internal components, preventing clean airflow

Recently a couch became the victim of an overheated laptop. SERVPRO of Langhorne/Bensalem responded to the aftermath of the couch blaze plus the fire being extinguished from the fire department.

According to our project manager, Eric, the fire itself was more or less contained to the couch. The vast majority of the damage to the unit is from the result of smoke and water from the fire department. The structure and contents within the unit were found to be non-salvageable.

Our team cleaned out all contents and removed all structural materials down to the framing. The next phase will be for our reconstruction team to step in to see if there needs to be any rebuild for the apartment unit.

The SERVPRO Emergency Ready Plan

7/5/2022 (Permalink)

Before and After photo of water damage to a stage Before, water damage. After, mitigation and reconstruction

SERVPRO of Langhorne/Bensalem is dedicated to helping companies be ready when disaster strikes, big or small. The majority of businesses that come out stronger from an emergency are the ones that pre-planned for one. SERVPRO's Emergency Ready Plan (ERP) is designed to help you, your employees and customers peace of mind.

Why should you use SERVPRO's ERP? -

  • A no-cost assessment of your facility
  • A concise Profile Document that contains only the critical information needed in the event of an emergency
  • A guide to help you get back into your building following a disaster
  • Establishes your local SERVPRO as your disaster mitigation and restoration provider
  • Identification of the line of command for authorizing work to begin
  • Provides facility details such as shut-off valve locations, priority areas and priority contact information
  • Easier insurance claims process

If you are interested in learning more, you can download the "SERVPRO Ready Plan" mobile app on your Android or iPhone device from the respective App Store. Or you can contact SERVPRO of Langhorne/Bensalem to begin creating ERP's for all your properties at 215-245-4855.

SERVPRO Doesn’t Just help you with restoration it makes your workplace safer

12/29/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO is a disaster restoration company that can help you with all sorts of problems in and around your workspace. From water damage to fire damage, they’ve seen it all--and more importantly, they know how to fix it. But SERVPRO does even more than just clean up the messes; they make sure your workplace is safe for employees and clients alike. SERVPRO's services don’t just help you with cleaning and restoration process after a disaster, we actually help you create a safer environment for your employees.

Let’s You Enjoy Clean Air

Your office is a place for work, not sickness. Floods and other disasters can bring in contaminants from the air outside your building. SERVPRO has specialized equipment that ensures deep cleaning of the air so you can have clean air to breathe while we make sure everything gets cleaned up properly--and quickly!

Offers 24-Hour Emergency Services at No Extra Charge

Lucky enough to be close by when disaster strikes? That’s perfect timing—for both you and us! We provide same day service or night services if needed during our business hours. You don't need an appointment; just give us a call, and we'll take care of it as soon as possible so you can get back to business ASAP! For emergencies after hours, weekends or holidays, we offer a call back service in case the need arises. When it comes to safety, a fast response is critical when dealing with water damage and other disasters, especially if your employees are working around the clock, or you’ve got clients coming through your doors within hours of an emergency happening. SERVPRO has a streamlined process to make sure the job gets done right, and we’ll be there when you need us!

Gets Rid Of Mold Which Can Be Deadly

Have you been hearing about the dangers of mold lately? SERVPRO can help! Mold can be harmful to your employees as well as your customers. However SERVPRO can keep you safe by getting rid of your mold problem in the best way possible. Not only will we help you get rid of the mold, the results will also be long lasting.

Prevents Future Damages Caused By Disasters

The longer you wait to clean up after a disaster, the more time contaminants have to settle in. SERVPRO can do anything from water damage restoration and fire cleanup so your space is safe for employees. We can also give you effective tips that you can use in order to create a safe workplace for your employees and clients, Our tips would help prevent damage in case of any similar disaster happens again. We would also help you find other vulnerable spots that might cause damage to your commercial building through different types of disasters.

SERVPRO takes great pride in not only restoring your commercial business after a disaster but also in creating a safe workplace for your employees.

How Can SERVPRO Cleaning Services Help Your Business Become More Efficient

11/30/2021 (Permalink)

Every business is looking for ways to become more efficient. It's a good idea to take care of the little details so that you can spend your time on what matters most: running and growing your business! One way to help with this is by outsourcing certain services, such as cleaning - for example, SERVPRO Cleaning Services. We offer many different cleaning services tailored to meet the needs of any business, from janitorial services and carpet cleaners to upholstery cleaning or window washing. But can such services help your business become more efficient? Well, the answer is actually YES! They can.

A Cleaner Workplace Will Make Employees More Productive

A clean and well-maintained work environment is proven to boost morale and keep employees happy, which leads them to be more productive. Employees will feel better about coming into the office if their desks are tidy and they don't have to worry about clogged drains or dirty bathrooms!

A Cleaner Workplace Will Make Your Business Look More Professional

All of your customers meet you at your place of business - whether it's a restaurant, retail store, hotel, etc. You want those people who come in contact with your company every day (your customer service staff) as well as potential new customers (those visiting for the first time), to experience an inviting atmosphere that makes a good impression on them. From receptionists greeting guests with a smile and a 'how may we help you?' to having clean carpets, updated bathrooms and tidy work spaces.

It Will Increase the Retention Rate of the Employees

When employees have to work in a less-than-sanitary environment, they're more likely to get sick and take off from work. Compared with companies that invest in services such as janitorial or floor cleaning, the ones who don't are going to lose their best people much faster than those who do. Employees want to feel appreciated by employers! By offering them a clean workspace where they can focus on what's important without worrying about being distracted by dirty bathrooms or cluttered desks is one way of showing your appreciation for them.

Your Employees Will Stay Healthy So There Will Be Low Absentees

When employees stay healthy and come to work, they're more productive. By providing them with a clean workspace that is free of hazardous germs like viruses or bacteria found on dirty floors and doorknobs as well as unhygienic bathrooms where they can stop by after lunch without worrying about catching the stomach flu from their co-workers, you'll keep your best people happy and coming back day in and day out!

More Clients Will Be Attracted To Your Business

A professional-looking office that's free of clutter and is kept in good condition will make your business more pleasant for employees, which makes it a comfortable environment to work in. A clean workspace with updated fixtures helps customers feel welcome, so they'll be happier about coming back if they have had positive experiences previously. When you combine all these benefits together, what do you get? An efficient workplace that boosts morale throughout the company as well as being presentable to potential new clients!

How to Prevent Mold at Your Work Place

11/30/2021 (Permalink)

Mold can be a big problem in the workplace. It is important to take preventative measures so that your employees are able to work in an environment where they are happy and healthy. The following article will give you some tips on how to keep mold at bay, no matter what type of business you have!

Keep Humidity Levels Low

Keep the humidity levels in your office at a relatively low level. This can be done by using an air conditioner or fan to keep the room cool and dry, especially during humid seasons like summertime. Since mold grows best in damp environments, keeping things as dry as possible will help you prevent it from growing! Ensure that employees do not use too many ice machines. These machines are notorious for producing excessive moisture which can lead to water damage later on down the line if employees don't play their part in helping out with lowering humidity.

Use Wall Paint Treated With Mold Inhibitors

Using a wall paint that is treated with mold inhibitors can help you in your fight against this nasty stuff. These paints, which often come in green and white colors, are resistant to fungi and moisture so will not hold onto it for too long when humidity levels go up.

Ventilate the Room Well During Humid Seasons

Make sure that there are windows or another way of ventilating areas where employees work during humid seasons like summer time. This allows fresh air into the room and reduces any chance of harmful gases such as methane building up due to excessive dampness. Employees should be reminded regularly about keeping their workspace clean by removing items from shelves before cleaning them thoroughly at least once per week (or more if needed).

Use Mold Inhibitor Cleaning Products for Every Day Cleaning of the Workplace

If the janitorial staff notices any mold or mildew on surfaces, they should use a cleanser with mold inhibitors in it. These can be found at most stores and come in the form of sprays and wipes. They are great for everyday cleaning since you do not have to wait too long before being able to continue using them - unlike other types of paint that require weeks upon weeks before being usable again!

Hire a Professional to Get Rid Of Mold and Prevent Any Future Mold Problems

If you really can't get rid of the mold in your office, or if it keeps coming back again and again despite preventative measures taken by employees, then consider hiring a professional to take care of things. Mold problems like this are serious business that should not be dealt with lightly! If there is any chance that health risks may come about due to exposure to toxic spores over time because the problem was left untreated, then prioritizing finding professionals who will do their job perfectly is essential. This article has given you some great tips on how to keep your work place safe from harmful molds - so make sure you put them into practice today!

How to Protect Your Commercial Building from Fire Damage

11/30/2021 (Permalink)

It's a sad fact, but fire is one of the most common causes for property damage. Whether you own a commercial building or are looking to purchase one, it's important to know how to protect your investment from this all-too-common risk! Here are some tips on how you can keep your commercial building safe and secure against fire damage.

1) Install smoke alarms in each room that has an exit door

Whether your commercial building has a history of fire damage or not, it is probably best to install smoke alarms throughout the entire structure. This will give everyone in the building time to evacuate safely before an inferno breaks out and reduces everything to ashes!

2) Use fire resistant materials for curtains and upholstery

Some materials are more flammable than others. Knowing which ones to use can be a lifesaver! For example, if you have heavy curtains or upholstery in your commercial building that catch fire easily, it would probably be best to replace them with something less combustible.

3) Keep cooking grease away from stove tops

This is especially important if you own a restaurant or cafe! Cooking grease, while it can be great for frying up all kinds of delicious foods, should never come into contact with open flames. This could lead to an explosion and extensive fire damage (and even the loss of lives!).

Be sure that your commercial stove tops are properly vented and that all of the grease traps are working properly. This will keep your commercial building safe from both fire and carbon monoxide poisoning.

4) Get an inspection done from relevant services to identify potential fire hazards and eliminate them

For example, there might be a faulty wire in your commercial building that is getting warmer and warmer until it finally sparks an electrical fire. Getting this fixed before the problem gets out of hand will keep you from losing everything to flames! An experienced inspector can also look at other potential sources for fires such as overloaded circuits or cluttered storage spaces with paper.

5) Keep the server room cool

If your commercial building is hosting a server room, it's important to keep the temperature of the room cool. Not only will this prevent damage from overheating and malfunctioning servers, but also fire! Servers can be damaged by heat as well as power surges. Keeping them in a comfortable temperature range helps ensure they operate properly and without issues for longer periods of time.

By following these simple tips, you can ensure that your commercial building is well protected against fire damage! These ideas are just the beginning too; there's always more to learn when it comes to restoration for your commercial building after a fire or any disaster for that matter. SERVPRO can help you with the restoration process after your commercial building has been struck with fire damage.

How to Respond To the Damage Caused By a Storm to Your Commercial Building

11/30/2021 (Permalink)

A storm can cause a lot of damage to your commercial building. It's important to take care of the problem quickly, before it becomes too big and expensive. The aftermath may seem very daunting. So it is important to understand how to respond when you have been hit by a storm and what steps you need to take in order to get back on your feet. If you're not sure where to start, we've got some tips that will help!

Contact Your Insurance Company

Call Your Insurance Company Immediately! You've probably heard this before, but it's the most important step to take when you have been struck by a storm. If your building is hit by an unexpected weather-related event such as hail or wind damage and there was no warning (such as a hurricane), then you may be able to file for damages with your insurance company. Be sure that any contractors who come out to look at the property will also contact the insurance company in order to make sure everything gets taken care of quickly.

Check For Leaks and Other Damage to the Roof before It Gets Worse

Many times roofing problems are not detected right away because they go unnoticed until further water leaks occur on different levels of the commercial building which can be very dangerous. So, if you notice that there is water leaking inside the building or it smells like mold, then you'll need to get up on your roof and check for damage right away! If necessary, call a contractor immediately in order to help take care of this problem before things get worse.

Inspect the Damage Done To the Building

Once you've inspected your roof to make sure that there was no damage done, then it's important to take a good look at the exterior of the commercial building. If any windows or walls were damaged by hail or wind and they will need repair, be sure to document this before fixing anything so that later on if something happens with an insurance claim you'll have some solid evidence about what happened during the storm! This is also very helpful because when you call out for scaffolding rental companies in order to get new glass installed (for example), having pictures will make finding one much easier after such a major event like a storm.

Hire a Storm Damage Restoration Service like SERVPRO

If you need help with the damage caused by water leaks, mold removal, or cleanup of your commercial building after something like a storm has hit it, then call in professional restoration services to take care of everything. They can also work alongside insurance companies which are always good for speedy repairs without having any issues!

Get Back To Business

Now that you know what to do in the aftermath of a storm, it's time to get back up on your feet and continue running your business.

Identifying the Damages in Your Commercial Building and Determining a Restoration Plan

11/30/2021 (Permalink)

The damages done to your commercial building are not always easy to identify. There are many factors that can contribute to the severity of a damage, so it is important you have one or two experienced professionals take a look at it before determining whether or not restoration needs to be planned. In this blog post, we will discuss how you can identify the damages in your building and determine if they need professional help!

Identify The Damage By Taking A Walk Around Your Property And Evaluating Exterior Elements:

Examine windows for signs of breakage and water infiltration. If there's anything suspicious about them—even small things like cracks—it could mean bigger issues inside the structure leading up to compromised insulation and mold growth. Check out all sides of the building for structural damage that may be compromising its integrity. You can also look at trees and utility poles around your property to determine if they might have caused any of the damages, or if there is new construction nearby which could be affecting it.

Unfortunately, not all types of commercial buildings are created equally when it comes to identifying damages on their exterior! If you own a manufactured home in particular, some issues—like water infiltration—can go undetected after just one rainfall because of how quickly our weather changes here in Oregon. This makes regular inspections even more important than before so that these kinds of problems don't become major concerns down the road!

If you're unsure what kind of professional help you need to undertake restoration efforts, call an expert to take a look at the building. They will be able to identify damages and work out an appropriate restoration plan for your business!

Hire a Professional Restoration Service

The best way to go about restoration is to hire a professional restoration service like SERVPRO. They will be able to not only identify the damages, but also help you plan for restoration efforts like cleaning up mold and water damage. If there's any structural damage that needs to be repaired, they can also help you with that!

A professional service will always make a plan on how they want to go about the restoration process so you know when you entire building will be ready for people to start returning to work. Working with a professional is the best way to ensure you are restoring your building back to its pre-damaged state safely.

Once the restoration has been done it is important to be vigilant and have preventive measure in place that may protect your commercial building from any sort of damage in the future. Take care of any damages when they occur, and do not let them build up! A little damage can lead into more issues that will require much larger restoration efforts if left alone for too long. Schedule regular inspections and work with professionals who know how to properly identify all types of commercial property damages!

6 Simple Ways to Assess Total Damage after a Storm

11/17/2021 (Permalink)

6 Simple Ways to Assess Total Damage after a Storm

When a storm hits your property, it can be difficult to assess the total damage. You want to know what needs repairing and how much it will cost you. The following is a list of 6 simple ways that you can assess the damage from a storm:

1) Check for structural integrity

Does your building have any cracks in the foundation or leaking pipes? If so, then there may be more extensive repairs needed. It is very important to check the damage to the structure for timely repairs and restoration. If you don’t check the building for any damages then it can create a very dangerous living environment.

2) Check for water damage

Look around your house at all of the wet surfaces and make sure that no mold has grown anywhere yet. If you see any signs of mold growth, then this could lead to further complications down the road with respiratory illnesses and allergies.

3) Take pictures

One of the most important steps in assessing a storm's damage is to take pictures. It will help with getting insurance claims and also reminds you of what needs repairing or replaced.

4) Check for Damages to the Doors and Windows

Are your windows loose or cracked? How about your doors, are they damaged too? Take a special look at the glass windows. Sometimes even the protective wooden panels aren’t enough to save the windows from breaking.

5) Check the Utilities, Gas lines and Electricity Lines

If you smell gas, turn off your appliances and open doors and windows. Get outside immediately! If there is a power outage or the electricity lines have been damaged then this will need to be addressed as soon as possible so that they do not catch fire. It can also cause serious damage to any electronic devices in your home which you may want to address quickly before more problems arise down the road.

6) Take an Inspection Round outside Your House

Inspect things outside the house including your car, trees, lawn and most importantly your house's roof. Roof of a house is the most vulnerable thing during a storm. Strong storms can break off shingles and expose your roof to a lot of serious damage. You may need to replace your roof if it is very damaged. If you find any tree that is in a bad condition and may fall down any minute then you need to get away from the house and call a tree maintenance company as soon as possible.

It is very important to assess the total damage after a storm. There are many things that you can do at home before calling in an expert. By taking pictures, checking for water damage and structural integrity, as well as assessing the damages to doors and windows you will be able to figure out what needs repaired quickly. Then call up someone with experience when it comes time for more extensive repairs!

5 Ways to Protect Your Belongings during a Storm

11/1/2021 (Permalink)

5 Ways to Protect Your Belongings during a Storm

We've all been there. You're sitting in your home, anxiously waiting to hear if the storm that is heading towards you will be a Category 2 or 3. It's not until hours later when it has passed do you go outside to survey the damage. If you were lucky, only some of your property was damaged and everything else was still intact; but if you weren't so lucky, then this article may help stop future disasters from happening again! Here are five ways to protect your belongings during a storm.

Store important documents In a Safe Place

One of the simplest and most effective ways to protect your belongings during the storm is to place them in a safe place. This will not just save your belongings from getting damaged but it will also be great if you have to rush and evacuate due to the storm warning. A great option for this would be an Under Bed Safe, which you can easily store underneath any bed or heavy piece of furniture so that no one will ever think twice about it being there. This type of safe has been known not only to lock away documents but also jewelry, money, cameras, laptops, etc.

Place any items that can be blown away, such as plants or decorations, inside of the house

If you have any items in your yard that are not too heavy, then it is best to bring them inside the house or into a garage. This includes plants, decorations, and furniture. It may be fine for these types of objects to get damaged during just one storm but if they're outside when multiple storms happen back-to-back then there's no telling how much damage can occur!

Keep appliances unplugged

If you have any appliances that are not in use, then it is best to unplug them during the storm. If they get damaged due to power surges caused by lightning or rain/snow entering through poorly-sealed doors and windows, then this can become very costly! It's also a good idea to keep all of your electronics plugged into surge protectors so that if there does happen to be an electrical problem, these items will still remain safe (just make sure they're turned off).

Make sure you have multiple flashlights/lanterns around for when there is no power available due to storms which happen often lately

This is an essential item to have in any house, especially if you live in a rural area. There are many times where the power goes out for days at a time due to storms and it can be very annoying when there's no light or heat available! To solve this problem, make sure that you always keep flashlights/lanterns with candles on hand so that you won't ever have to worry about feeling completely powerless during a storm again.

Park the Car inside the Garage So the Storm Does Not Damage It

This is a relatively small but very effective way to protect your car from damages caused by the storm. If you live in an area that gets heavy storms then it might be best just to always park inside of your garage during such times so that there will no longer be any chance of water, hail, and/or fallen branches damaging it!

These are some great ways for how to care for your belongings during a storm which should hopefully stop future disasters from happening again.

Keep Mold From Spreading Using These Five Easy Steps

7/23/2021 (Permalink)

Black furniture on right side of the picture, left side of picture focused on mold growth on wall. Mold can grow in any commercial space.

Using These Five Simple Steps, You Can Prevent Mold From Spreading

Mold spores are ever-present in the world. If given the right conditions, these small seeds can land in warehouses, businesses, or offices and grow into full-fledged blooms. Mold outbreaks should be addressed immediately. Mold cleanup can be done by owners of commercial properties in Feasterville, PA, who wish to undertake the task by themselves. If you notice mold growth in your commercial space, take the following five measures in order to ensure that you do not cross-contaminate clean and unaffected areas when removing your business’s mold contamination.

Wear Old Clothes When Removing Mold. Mold spores will cling to the clothes you wear. Don an old shirt, pants and shoes that you won’t mind throwing away after the cleanup.

Cover Air Vents. Your air conditioning and heating systems are great conduits for spreading spores throughout your commercial space. Be sure to fully cover your ventilation systems before undertaking any mold cleanup.

Hide the Vacuum. Keep your vacuum far from your work area to ensure that this spore-sucking machine doesn’t convert itself into a spore-spewing machine.

Spritz Mold Patches. It may seem counterintuitive to add humidity to the water-loving organism that you are trying to kill. However, a quick aqua spray will reduce the number of spores that are released into the air as you work.

Dispose of Affected Materials. Tainted carpet, flooring, rugs, curtains and clothing should be placed into a heavy-duty plastic garbage bag and disposed of immediately. Be sure to seal the bag by taping it closed before tossing.

Given the right conditions, mold can grow in any commercial space. If you decide to tackle your commercial property’s mold problem on your own, be sure to take a note from mold-removal professionals who take special precautions to avoid cross-contamination when conducting their mold cleanup. By taking the above simple yet important measures, owners of commercial spaces in Feasterville, PA, can prevent the cross-contamination of mold in their businesses or offices when removing their mold outbreak.

Tax Deductions for Storm Damage

7/13/2021 (Permalink)

Man Collecting Water In Bucket From Ceiling. Ceiling damaged due to storm in Trevose, PA.

Rough weather in any season can lead to storm damage to your home or business in Trevose, PA. In some cases, losses that are not covered on your homeowners or business policy are tax-deductible if certain criteria are met.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) maintains a list of areas declared disaster zones, and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) posts announcements regarding tax relief programs for victims within them. A quick online check can ascertain your eligibility for federal assistance. The silver lining of your natural disaster just might be a tax break.

How to Deduct Losses

The general rule regarding deductions is that any loss that has already been reimbursed by insurance is not deductible. However, if for any reason you do not file an insurance claim, the loss may be deductible. While losses as the result of normal deterioration or accident are not deductible, the following natural disasters would likely qualify:

  • earthquakes
  • tornadoes
  • hurricanes
  • floods
  • blizzards
  • wildfires

To deduct a storm damage loss related to your home, nonbusiness property or vehicle, you must file an itemized tax form. Two offsets apply; $100 must be subtracted, and the balance must be more than 10% of your adjusted gross income. The deduction is recorded on Schedule A of your federal tax return on IRS Form 4684.

To deduct a loss to your business, neither the 10% of adjusted gross income nor the $100 reduction comes into play, and you may claim the deduction even if you do not itemize your tax return. Businesses located within presidentially declared disaster areas may be eligible for federal tax relief.

No location is immune to the sometimes epic forces of nature that are more than capable of wreaking havoc in the lives of its inhabitants. However, homeowners can take comfort in knowing that in the unwelcome event of a natural disaster, reimbursement for storm damage from an insurance policy or the federal government is available.

Are Your Employees Ready To Handle a Fire?

7/8/2021 (Permalink)

People escape to fire exit door Create an effective evacuation plan in your Bensalem, PA business.

What Should Your Employees Do When A Fire Strikes?

Do they know how to quickly evacuate the premises? While many people believe that adults should know how to protect themselves, the reality is that during emergency situations it's not always that simple. It's best for business owners in Bensalem, PA, to develop a contingency plan, understanding the best methods for swift departure and immediate cleanup.

1. Establish Escape Routes

Working with a team, create an effective evacuation plan. You should all walk the grounds, thinking about potential areas where issues might arise. Then, brainstorm how best to get others out. Walk several routes, noting any obstacles or complications. Remember, you should have multiple paths, and each should be handicap accessible. Once your walk is over, write up the map and make sure everyone has it. Then, practice. Fire drills don't stop in elementary school.

2. Have Structured Leadership

No matter what calamity strikes, you should have a contingency plan for who takes control. Have someone level-headed to manage the chaos. Allow this person to have control over when to send out alerts as well as running the dismissal. Another staff member should gather evacuation materials from the office. Essentially, this is your emergency response manager.

3. Delegate Tasks

As people follow the evacuation plan, you'll have some who have responsibilities for the office. Who has personnel contact information? This person coordinates with others to ensure safety. Who is medically trained? This person can attend to workers who necessitate more assistance? Who has the role of working with a fire restoration company? This person discusses repairs and sanitation. Your business leader should access backed-up files and begin locating a secondary place for temporary work.
With the right contingency plan, you can give staff the support they need. In addition, you can keep the company up and running from a different place.

Staying Safe in a Commercial Fire: Here Are 3 Things Business Owners Should Do

5/4/2021 (Permalink)

Inside of a building damaged by fire A business fire can spread rapidly.

Three Things Business Owners Should Do

Owners already face enormous responsibility. Tasked with the daily function of the company, management has an eye on operations and profit. There is another vital side to the position: the safety of staff and the building. If a business fire occurs, it could harm both employees and the ability to work. For this reason, it's essential to craft a fire readiness plan and annually evaluate safety devices. Here are three things commercial owners in Bensalem, PA, should do.

1. Ensure There Are Adequate Escape Paths
Each year, have a fire preparation committee meet and review the current protocols. At this time, the group should discuss if emergency exit paths are functional or require any changes. Start by checking data of fire drills. Are people getting out in good time? If not, why? What could be changed about it? If you continue to have struggles, contact a fire restoration company to offer suggestions.
Update the maps, remove any obstacles and provide this new information to staff. Be sure all fire lanes are labeled clearly.

2. Purchase and Test Fire Extinguishers
During a business fire, flames may block exits. In this circumstance, employees should have access to fire extinguishers. One should be located every 75 feet and in rooms with heat sources or chemicals. Be sure they are in reach, not blocked. Hold classes on how to operate one, and check the expiration date annually.

3. Avoid Electrical Hazards
A leading cause of fire damage is an electrical malfunction. Be vigilant about checking on appliances and machinery, ensuring that devices are in compliance with regulations and are in good condition. Have regular inspections of the equipment, and repair any concerns immediately.
Don't block outlets or electrical plates. Use cover plates, and keep wires hidden. Also, be sure employees are not stringing electrical cords. While electrical cords are helpful, they are dangerous when used long-term.
A business fire can spread rapidly, consuming hallways and rooms. Protect yourself and others by being proactive with preparation. Ensure those fire safety devices are available and that people know how to get out.

Hidden Mold Locations in Commercial Facilities

1/26/2021 (Permalink)

Mold growth on wallboard If your wallboard has been damaged by mold, you will have to discard it

Inspect The Following Locations

Mold growth does not always occur in obvious places. All the fungus needs is a dark and moist surface with organic nutrients. Unfortunately, most parts of a facility include these ingredients. You should thus regularly check your Hulmeville, PA, property for signs of the fungus. Mold commonly appears in the below areas, so be sure to inspect these locations vigilantly.

1. Wallboard
A flood or leak can quickly soak the wallboard in your building. Even condensation can create the moisture that encourages the spread of mold. If you remove the excess water in your building within two days, you may be able to salvage the wallboard. However, if the water physically damaged the wallboard, you will have to discard it.

2. Paper
You probably have storage rooms full of paper documents. Perhaps the paper is piled up in your hallway or closet, as well. Many of these locations feature the high humidity that mold loves. A leak that soaks these papers could cause mold growth, as well.
Any papers that have been wet for more than 48 hours may require professional drying and cleaning. Papers that were exposed to the water for two days or fewer should be dried and photocopied before you discard them.

3. Ceiling Tiles
The tiles in your ceiling are fairly porous. This means they absorb the dirt and moisture that mold needs to grow. During your inspection, pay special attention to the tiles above HVAC vents. They often accumulate more moisture since they are in a humid part of the building.
Tiles may also sustain water damage following a roof or pipe leak. Stains are evidence that the tiles have gotten wet. Any stains that you discover during your inspection should be investigated right away.
If you find even a small amount of mold on your property, call restoration and cleanup professionals immediately. They can clean the affected areas and help prevent future mold growth.

3 Tips for Dealing With Water Damage After a Fire

1/13/2021 (Permalink)

Firefighters putting out a fire in a big building Fires can be extremely destructive, with the heat and flames

These Three Tips Will Help You Deal With Water Damage After a Fire

Fires can be extremely destructive, with the heat and flames causing large amounts of damage that are compounded by the smoke and soot damage left behind. Additionally, the water used to combat fires can further damage your property and contribute to future problems, such as mold growth. Prompt water cleanup after a fire can reduce the amount of property damage caused.

1. Contact Your Insurance Company
Before you begin to address the fire damage, water damage, and smoke cleanup, contact your insurance company to file a claim. You can make some temporary repairs on your own, but wait for the insurance company to give you the go-ahead to begin permanent repairs. The insurance company will probably want to send someone out to inspect your damage before authorizing any repairs or restoration services in Trevose, PA.

2. Dry Out Your Property
Once you get the go-ahead from your insurance company, begin the process of drying out your property. The earlier you start water cleanup, the better chance you have of avoiding problems, such as mold growth, and salvaging your property. Most businesses lack the equipment and expertise to mitigate water damage on their own. You may want to contact a professional water mitigation service. In the meantime, if the weather permits it, open as many doors and windows as possible to start the drying process.

3. Document the Damage
When the fire department deems it safe to reenter the building and begin fire cleanup, take photographs and make note of property that was damaged as a result of the fire. Include any items that have mold growth that may have resulted from water damage.
Fire, smoke, and water can combine to wreak havoc on your business when a fire occurs. Prompt water cleanup can help you mitigate your damages and avoid future problems.

3 Steps To Cleaning Up Your Wood Floor

12/21/2020 (Permalink)

Dehumidifier and air mover inside a hotel room COmmercial water mitigation

3 Steps To Cleaning Up Your Wood Floor

If you suffer from a pipe burst in your building, you should act quickly to resolve the problem to prevent any severe damage to your property. Water and wood are the perfect recipe for mold and mildew, and if left unattended for too long, the situation could result in structural damage in Bensalem, PA.
Here are three basic steps you should take to clean up your flooded floor:

1. Find the problem and fix it. Before you do anything else, you should find the source of water and stop the leak. A pipe burst will continue to leak water onto your floor unless you do something to stop it. Do not spend your time trying to remove water before stopping additional water from flooding in.

2. Remove any standing water. Now that you have stopped the leak, start removing water from the floor. The longer the water sits on a wet floor, the greater the risk of damage, as water can absorb through the cracks, seams and fibrous material of the wood, making it susceptible to mold, mildew and other damage. Towels and absorbent materials are great for pulling water off the surface of the floor.

3. Hire a professional to help. Do not try to save money and attempt the cleanup and repairs on your own. This is not the time to gamble with your own amateur knowledge of water cleanup. It is in the best interest of your business to ensure that your wood floor is properly dried, cleaned, and disinfected. A professional water damage and restoration service will send specialists that are highly trained in these processes and will ensure that any risk of mold and additional damage has been eliminated. With their professional equipment, they will also get the job done faster than if you attempted to do it yourself.
A pipe burst can really dampen your day, but if you act swiftly and call for help as soon as the problem starts, you can reduce the loss and damage to your business and also decrease the downtime while repairs are handled.

5 Common Water Issues for Commercial Buildings

11/8/2020 (Permalink)

faucet and water drops Leaking faucets can drive up your monthly water bill

Here Are Five Common Water-Related Problems You Can Find In Your Building

Staying on top of smaller issues in your commercial building is one of the best ways to prevent them from snowballing into larger problems. Remaining vigilant is especially important when it comes to plumbing issues, such as leaking pipes or backed up toilets. Make sure you regularly check your building in Eddington, PA, for the following common water-related problems.

1. Low Water Pressure
Low water pressure can indicate several different issues, such as leaking pipes. Any water that escapes through the leak naturally won't come out of the faucet where it's supposed to, leading to suboptimal water pressure.

2. Damaged Building Foundation
Structural damage in your building, such as cracked, bulging or otherwise warped foundation, can signal the presence of a serious leak. These deformities are often a result of flood water accumulating within your building's structure and can indicate a hidden pipe break.

3. Clogged Drains
Customers are much less likely to treat your commercial bathrooms with the same respect that they'd treat a residential one. This can lead to many undesirable items getting flushed down your pipes, resulting in clogs. At the very least, this leads to an unsightly bathroom. In severe cases, it can result in toilet backup or sewage overflow.

4. Pinhole Leaks
Pinhole leaks are especially common in older buildings, where the copper or cast-iron pipes aren't built to last as long. These tiny holes can cost thousands in wasted water. Keep an eye out for these silent leaks by watching for a spike in your monthly water bill or a drop in your building's water pressure.
5. Leaking Toilets and Faucets
Much like pinhole leaks, dripping faucets and toilets can slowly, yet steadily, drive up your monthly water bill. Make sure you take the time to inspect your commercial bathrooms to make sure none of the appliances are dripping or leaking. Repair any problems you come across.
Leaking pipes, dripping faucets, and clogged drains are all common plumbing issues for commercial building owners. Staying on top of the issue can help reduce the amount of damage your building suffers and keep your business running smoothly. Contact water restoration experts for professional help.

Potential Mold Damage in Commercial Building

7/9/2020 (Permalink)

Skirting board on a wall damaged by mold. Water damage to floor and potential mold

We received a call the other day about a basement that needed to be aired out at a nearby establishment because we had bad rain over the weekend.  We got there just in time because there was some mold starting to build up as well.  We needed to take out part of the floor to get to the damage.  While the business was not closed down due to the damage, the owners were still very thankful that we got there when we did.  They said that they've experienced severe water damage in the past and just wanted to be sure that this did not end up the same way.  If your business ever experiences water or mold damage, please do not hesitate to give us a call.

Friendly's Water Damage

7/9/2020 (Permalink)

A nearby Friendly's gave us a call recently about a pipe burst in their restaurant.  When the pipe burst it destroyed the entire carpet and even some of the seating in the building.  Being a larger establishment, the owner found it in their best interest to give us a call.  They mentioned they have used SERVPRO in the past at one of their other locations, and said they wouldn't trust anyone but us to get the job done.  In total, the work took about 3 days to complete.  Everyone was very happy, thinking the job was going to take much longer due to the amount of damage.

If and when a problem arises, please don't hesitate to give SERVPRO a call--we're here to help!

Emergency Ready Profile

6/9/2020 (Permalink)

The best way to reduce business interruption following a disaster is to plan for it now.  

As many as 50% of businesses may never recover following a disaster, according to the latest industry research.  Of the businesses that survive, the overwhelming majority of them had a preparedness plan in place.  Pre-planning can serve as an insurance policy aimed at peace of mind.

By developing a SERVPRO Emergency Ready Profile for your business, you minimize business interruption by having an immediate plan of action.  Knowing what to do and what to expect in advance is the key to timely mitigation and can help minimize how water and fire damage can affect your business.  

Are you ready?  Preparation is a key component for making it through any size disaster, whether it's a small water leak, a large fire or an area flood.  The best time for planning for such events is not when the event happens, but well before it happens.  No one ever plans on a disaster, but you can plan for it.  Now is the time to ask yourself, "Are you ready for whatever could happen?"

The SERVPRO Emergency Ready Profile is a start up approach that provides the critical information needed to begin mitigation and recovery services.  To schedule your free ERP, call SERVPRO of Langhorne/Bensalem today!

4 Situations To Watch for Regarding Mold in Your Building

5/13/2020 (Permalink)

mold in home Mold found in a kitchen in Bensalem, PA

The best outcome for your business in Langhorne/Bensalem, PA, is to prevent a mold infestation from occurring in your building in the first place. This can be done with a bit of mold prevention. These actions only require a little bit of education about how mold spreads, and a bit of vigilance on the part of all workers. Here are four situations that can prevent mold growth or catch it early.

  1. Watch for Water Leaks. Mold thrives in warm and moist conditions. This often is caused by a form of water damage, such as from a leak in the roof during a storm or from a plumbing problem. Excess water creates fertile conditions for mold spores to form into colonies. A swift repair of the leak, and a drying out of the area, is a standard protocol for mold prevention in a commercial building. Mold spores, almost always present in low levels, are unlikely to proliferate in a dry environment.

  2. Heed Musty Odors. The presence of a stale, musty odor is one of the telltale signs of mold growth. It is not unusual for mold to be hidden, but the odor can still be detected. If you can smell the mold, you likely already have a problem and it is time to call in a qualified mold remediation team.

  3. Watch for Discolored Patches. Mold oftentimes forms into patches or blotches on walls or ceilings. This will probably occur in moist rooms that have experienced a water leak or that have high humidity. Once these patches are found it is time to take action.

  4. Get Testing. A reliable mold test should be conducted by a trained technician and analyzed by a professional lab. This is the most accurate form of mold prevention and will tell you if you have a mold infestation. Catching the problem early makes mold cleanup quicker and less expensive.

Soot Cleaning

1/7/2020 (Permalink)

Affected Warehouse This photo gives some idea as to the size of the warehouse & detailed nature of work to be performed

Recently SERVPRO of Langhorne/Bensalem was called to a large commercial space of about 50,000 square feet.  Unfortunately, the business was a victim of circumstance when their neighbors decided to light a pile of debris on fire outside of their facility.  Due to the amount of debris that was set ablaze, and due to open windows in the business's warehouse, the building's entire interior was exposed to the smoke damage.  This allowed soot to enter and affect the entire building.  A loss of this size can be devastating to any business operation.  Luckily, the building owner called SERVPRO to remediate the damage.  Not only did we clean the warehouse and office structure so that business operations could resume, but we also brought in several subcontractors to inspect & fix specialty items; including computer systems, HVAC systems, proprietary electronics & appliances, and masonry experts.  Due to our quick and professional response, the business began operating a portion of their services within just 1 day of calling us, and the entire business was stabilized and operable after just a few more days.

Basement of Library

7/12/2019 (Permalink)

Library Basement Damage

We had a call in the other day to tend to a nearby library with extreme water damage.  While we were there, we also found some mold damage, as well.  We had to remove everything out of the basement and open up the doors to let some light in due to the musty smell.  The manager of the library thanked us deeply because some of the left over books they had down there were damaged as well.  We ended up securing a weekly job vacuuming this clients carpets as well because they loved our work so much.  If you, a friend or business you know of ever need assistance with water, mold, or fire damage--please do not hesitate to call us here at SERVPRO!

Carpet Water Damage

6/10/2019 (Permalink)

Nearby water damage to workplace

Here is an example of water damage we got called into help with over the course of the last week.  We've been having lots of rain lately contributing to the water restoration workload.  This office called us when water started seeping through their walls and ceilings onto the floor after a storm a few days ago.  We got the call and were there within the hour.  Many times we get called into commercial buildings, the damage is usually spread out which means "all hands on deck" on our end to fix the issue.  We got the job done within a few days and the company was up and back running within 3 days.  They were very satisfied with our work and told us they will definitely be utilizing our services in the future.

Diner Disaster

3/13/2019 (Permalink)

Ceiling of diner destroyed from fire

Here is an example we got called into tend to recently.  A nearby diner we are acquainted with had a fire in their back room damaging much of their ceiling.  Typically, fire damage is tougher and takes longer to restore.  The owner and manager of this diner we very worried about the amount of time it would take to fix everything.  For a job we initially anticipated to take about a week, as a team we ended up completing in three days time.  Our client was very impressed and was overjoyed that they could re open their facility sooner than they thought.  Here at SERVPRO we're not only efficient with our work we our courteous of your business' time.  We understand the importance of being open for service as much as possible and are always here to help if a problem arises!

Bank of America

12/28/2018 (Permalink)

Bank of America Sewage Backup Job

Your commercial property’s appearance speaks volumes to your clients. So when the need arises for professional cleaning or emergency restoration services, SERVPRO Franchise Professionals have the training and expertise to help make it “Like it never even happened.”

  • Retail Facilities
  • Education Facilities
  • Property Management
  • Healthcare Facilities
  • Hospitality Facilities
  • Food Service Facilities

In this particular instance, there was a sewage back up in the basement of a Bank of America building nearby.  SERVPRO very quickly responded and went out the same day, extracted the water, sanitized the affected surfaces with antimicrobial, cleaned and/or discarded affected contents, and set up drying equipment to prevent mold.  Our team is prompt, allowing us to respond quickly to these types of incidents allowing us to be readily available for the customer at any time.

The Pentagon

7/12/2018 (Permalink)

When water pipes located in the basement of the Pentagon burst early one morning, pouring 1.8 million gallons of water over 565,000 square feet - or roughly 17 miles of hallway - SERVPRO Franchise Professionals completed the enormous task of drying the structure in just 7 days. 

Following the horrific events of September 11, 2001 we all know and remember, SERVPRO Franchise Professionals were called in to assist with cleaning up and restoration of the Pentagon.  In spite of the emotions and difficulties involved in the restoration effort, SERVPRO Franchise Professionals dried close to 3000,000 square feet in addition providing fire, soot, smoke cleanup and restoration services. Upon completion of the drying assignment, SERVPRO Franchise Professionals were able to provide mold remediation services in other sections of the facility.  SERVPRO Franchise Professionals met the remediation services in other sections of the facility as well.  Up for the challenge, the job was completed in full in just 90 days.