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Commercial Property Maintentance
Commercial Property Maintenance
As a commercial property owner, being proactive with the maintenance to the building can help prevent damage to your property, which in turn can help save you time and money. Regular maintenance of your commercial property may also help with the inevitable property insurance claim. Weather can affect the exterior and the interior of the building structure. These are a few property maintenance suggestions.
Roof and Exterior
Wind, snow and rain can impact a building’s roof and exterior. Walking the property and being on the lookout for standing water or leaks from roofs and gutters is important. Look for chipped paint, siding dents, damaged, cracked or leaking windows, foundation cracks, roof leaks, and clogged gutters. Any of these should be photographed, reported and repaired. If these issues are left unresolved for long term, can lead to more serious problems including foundation erosion and more.
Landscaping and Irrigation
Harsh winds, rain and snow can damage plants and limbs, especially on boxwoods, small shrubs and ornamental trees. Mulching, trimming broken limbs, pruning back plants, and cleaning debris is suggested to prepare for spring and new growth. Inspect irrigation systems for damage and for proper drainage in order to be ready for the dry summer season.
Temperature changes suggest that the commercial facility’s mechanical systems should be regularly inspected and maintained. The replacement of air filters, flushing of water heaters, and checking carbon monoxide detectors and sprinkler and fire suppression systems should be done before summer or winter arrives.
Call to learn more about our Emergency Ready Profile for commercial businesses at SERVPRO of Chesapeake South 757-465-9700.
Pre-Planning Helps Minimize Business Interruptions
Pre-planning for an emergency can serve as an insurance policy aimed at peace of mind. Just knowing that you are "Ready for whatever happens" speaks trust to your clients and employees that in the event your business is affected by a disaster, they don’t necessarily have to be.
The SERVPRO® Emergency Ready Profile is a web-based interface design. Our app is a no-cost readiness plan that places your ready plan data on your mobile device for quick access during an emergency.
By developing a SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile for your business, you help 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.
- A no cost assessment of your facility.
This means there is no need to allocate funds, giving you a great value at no cost.
- A concise Profile Document that contains only the critical information needed in the event of an emergency.
It will only take a little time to complete and will not take you away from current projects. But it will save a lot of time if ever needed.
- A guide to help you get back into your building following a disaster.
This can help minimize the amount of time your business is inactive by having an immediate plan of action.
- Establishes your local SERVPRO Franchise Professional as your disaster mitigation and restoration provider.
You have a provider that is recognized as an industry leader and close by.
- Identification of the line of command for authorizing work to begin.
This saves time, so we can begin the work of mitigating the damage which can save you time and money.
- Provides facility details such as shut-off valve locations, priority areas and priority contact information.
Having a quick reference of what to do, how to do it and who to call provides solutions in advance of an emergency so that during the emergency you are "Ready for whatever happens."
Ready to Get Started? Call 757-523-9700
Commercial Water Damage in Chesapeake
Flooding and water damage can strike your Chesapeake commercial property at any time. Water damage can sideline your business, regardless if the damage occurs from a major storm event or a broken water line.
At SERVPRO of Chesapeake South, we work quickly to assess each unique situation and isolate the damaged area. Every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. In many instances, normal operation can continue in a temporary space while we restore your facility.
Commercial Water Restoration Presents Unique Challenges
SERVPRO of Chesapeake South professionals are trained to be mindful of legal and environmental concerns and strive to fully restore while working within your budget line.
Our staff are Highly Trained Restoration Specialists trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO's corporate training facility to regular IICRC industry certification, rest assured that our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.
Remember, when you have an emergency water event in Chesapeake our Professionals offer fast, 24 hour emergency services, 365 days per year. Call 757-523-9700.
Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned Helping Businesses Stay Clean
The COVID-19 pandemic has changed what it means to be clean. Being open for business is just the beginning of our new journey forward. Employees may be hesitant to return to work, and customers may wonder whether the businesses they patron are safe.
We are proud to launch Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned—a cleaning and disinfecting program that SERVPRO offers to commercial locations to address the current COVID-19 pandemic. This is a level of clean that goes way beyond janitorial or carpet cleaning. This is proactive viral pathogen cleaning. When businesses chose SERVPRO, their employees, customers, and community can rest assured that they’ve selected a “higher standard of clean”—Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned.
The Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned (CSC) program is designed to provide our communities with a way to know that a structure has been cleaned, sanitized, and disinfected to minimize harmful pathogens. If a structure is sanitized and disinfected as part of the CSC program, a window decal shield will be left at the structure, as well as a separate window decal which should be dated by the franchise to let everyone know when it was last sanitized and disinfected.
For more information, call SERVPRO of Chesapeake South at 757-523-9700
We Repair Hotels After Flooding
A storm can pop up anytime in Chesapeake and bring with it torrential rain and strong winds. A commercial flood and its damage can keep business doors closed indefinitely. To avoid a secondary loss, you should begin the restoration process as soon as possible.
When a hotel roof leaks and affects several rooms, the damage to the rooms can be devastating if they are not professionally cleaned and restored. No business wants the first impression from a guest stepping into their hotel room to be a musty, foul odor. Not only will the manager hear about the bad odor but there is a risk for getting bad reviews on your social media platforms.
You can avoid this type of commercial damage by hiring a professional mitigation company, SERVPRO® of Chesapeake South to clean your hotel water damage.
Once the leak has been repaired, SERVPRO® techs arrive prepared to remove moisture and water using state-of-the-art detection equipment. Our equipment can help determine where excess moisture is hidden within structures and contents.
If necessary, our trained techs will safely remove drywall, carpeting and other structural components. We will pack out items that we determine need restoration, all to be cleaned at our warehouse facility. We believe in restoring rather than replacing for businesses affected by water loss.
Once the structure is determined dry, with complete water extraction and all risks for mold growth eliminated, rebuilding can occur. Because walls can retain water moisture from a flood, cuts on the lower area of the drywall above where moisture has wicked, are removed to allow airflow behind the standing walls.
Once drying and disinfection has occurred, our techs will offer suggestions for rebuild through our Building Services. This service helps to provide the hotel management support from beginning to end and to fill those rooms with guests again.
Commercial Property Managers Safety Plan
An unexpected water main break or fire can be a devastating situation for anyone especially when there is the loss of personal property, or the issue of having to relocate. Those who live in apartment complexes, condos, or any other multi-unit property working through and dealing with the mitigation process is especially challenging. Property managers who plan to be prepared, can better assist the masses and control the situation safely to help avoid further damage.
Property management companies and their facility managers should be prepared for emergency disasters knowing the large amount of people and personal property that will be affected by the disaster. In an emergency, minutes matter and having your point of contacts information at the touch of a finger and knowing your property specifics to communicate to the emergency responders and utility companies is the keystone to helping ensure that your tenants and their family will be able to return to their homes and offices sooner.
SERVPRO of Chesapeake North wants to help make property and facility managers’ job a little easier with a specialized Emergency Ready Plan that works on all mobile devices and in conjunction with your existing contingency building plan. For example, does your plan include information of your flooring type, contact info for office managers, number of building units, electrical box locations, shut off valve locations, etc.
Your Emergency Ready Profile will provide relevant information for key personnel. Our technicians will have advance knowledge of your business specifics before arriving to the property. The ERP Plan is reassurance that you have dotted your I’s and crossed your t’s in advance.
Call us for your property and business specialized Emergency Ready Profile Report at 757-523-9700.
SERVPRO's Disaster Recovery Team
Our dedicated franchise professionals will make it, "Like it never even happened."
No job is too large for SERVPRO’s Disaster Recovery Team. Our dedicated team of elite large loss specialists are prequalified and strategically positioned throughout the United States to handle any size disaster. We work with hotels, property managers, schools, local and federal governments to ensure that the services people need most during a disaster are up and running again and able to aid the community.
Every large loss is supervised by a commercial operations manager to help ensure seamless communication and timely mitigation. Our ability to dispatch trained production professionals and cut costs through the strategic placement and oversight of temporary labor is what sets SERVPRO apart from other companies.
We know that time lost is money lost and we want to help you get back up and running as soon as possible, our dedicated franchise professionals will make it, "Like it never even happened."
Getting Your Business Ready for the Holidays
Check out these tips on keeping your commercial property free from damage this holiday season.
During the holiday season, many businesses choose to decorate their stores to create a warm and inviting environment for their customers but also as a way to advertise for holiday sales. When decorating your business for the holidays it is important to keep these things in mind to prevent any damages or loss to your business during the holiday season.
Choose your decorations wisely; many holiday decorations such as Christmas trees, paper or holiday wreaths are susceptible to quickly catching on fire. If you are choosing to decorate with to decorate your business space for the holidays, make sure that the decorations are at least 3 feet away from any heat or source of ignition.
The location of your holiday displays are also important. Place your decorations or holiday displays so that they are not blocking exits including emergency exits and make sure that they are not intrusive to the isles/walkways.
SERVPRO Chesapeake South wants you, and your business to stay safe. If you do experience a fire or water damage during the holidays - or any time of the year, our franchise professionals can make it “Like it never even happened.” Available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, we are Here to Help.
Commercial Air Duct Cleaning
Commercial Air Duct Cleaning in Chesapeake
What's the deal with air ducts?
There are many components to running a business and you more than likely don’t tend to think about the indoor air quality in the building. Usually it's not until the building's systems stop heating or cooling, will a facility manager be alarmed. Regular maintenance to your air duct system is important as it can help improve the productivity of your HVAC systems and the quality of your air.
A ductwork system is designed to distribute airflow from your HVAC equipment to your entire commercial building. This encompasses the air that is sucked from the whole building in the air conditioner/heater where it gets cooled or heated and then pushed back via the ducts into your working space.
The intake and output of the air are determined by how efficient a duct system is. Only air is moved via ductwork. What’s more is that there are many ductwork constructions and shapes. They may be oval, round or rectangular in shape. It might be fashioned from a wide range of materials like flexible plastics, fiberglass or different metals.
There are several types of commercial HVAC systems and most have an air duct system. Roof top units are most common and found on the roof or ground and duct the conditioned air into the space.
SERVPRO® of Chesapeake South has National Air Duct certified technicians who will inspect your HVAC air duct system at no cost. After the inspection, you will receive a report and a quote to clean your commercial system. We offer scheduled maintenance cleanings that will help to keep your system running more efficient and help to provide good air quality.
Think you have dirty ducks? Call us at 757-523-9700
by Kim Calantropo
Commercial Emergency Planning in Chesapeake
Commercial Emergency Planning in Chesapeake
The Best Way to Reduce Business Interruption Following a Disaster is to Plan for it NOW.
By developing a SERVPRO® Emergency Ready Profile for your business, you minimize business interruption by having an immediate plan of action. All your contacts, your property manager, engineers’ info, etc. accessible at the touch of a button.
SERVPRO® of Chesapeake South offers complimentary ERP services to commercial business owners and facilitators.
Your ERP with SERVPRO® will include:
- A no cost assessment of your facility
- A concise Profile Document that contains only the critical information needed in an emergency
- A guide to help get you back into your building following a disaster
- Establishes SERVPRO® of Chesapeake South 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.
Call Missy Burns at SERVPRO® of Chesapeake South at 757-523-9700 today to get started!
Does Your Business Have The SERVPRO ERP System?
Let Us Help Make Sure Your Business is Ready
Your Business Should Have The SERVPRO® ERP System
The SERVPRO Emergency Ready Profile system is a web-based interface designed to hasten our response times to business emergency calls. The system was designed to help save business owner's time and money, allowing your doors to re-open more quickly.
The SERVPRO ERP System requires the uploading of relevant information that completes and personalizes your business profile. Upon your request, one of our Marketing Representatives will help you complete your profile at no cost.
Your business profile will help your SERVPRO Marketing Representative to know your specific emergency contacts, business needs and circumstances before the emergency strikes your business.
Our SERVPRO Emergency Ready Profile system is especially beneficial to motels and restaurants when emergency relief workers will need to a place to stay and to eat.
Here is a brief overview of some of the benefits the SERVPRO ERP System integration can provide your business.
Multiple Business Management
When water damage strikes multiple business locations in Chesapeake, and surrounding areas at once, it can be difficult for some owners to form an adequate response plan of action for each of those locations. The SERVPRO ERP System allows you to create a separate profile for each business under your jurisdiction. This function has proved to be very effective in major storm and flood emergencies.
Insurance, Utilities, and Contact Management
Businesses often have numerous connected suppliers, insurers, and other business partners that must be contacted in the event of an emergency. The SERVPRO ERP System allows you to store and organize relevant contact lists and insurance information on a location-by-location basis, increasing communications efficacy for both you and SERVPRO.
SERVPRO of Chesapeake South has been helping local homes and businesses from the effects of water damage through quality care, equipment, and personnel for over 20 years.
For more information on the SERVPRO ERP System call us at (757)523-9700.
Preventive Maintenance Tips for Commercial Properties
Commercial Preventive Maintenance Tips
It is spring time, but winter conditions may have caused stress to commercial structures. Spring is an important time to make sure certain tasks are completed to prepare for summer and repair any damage caused by extreme cold and wet weather. Proactive maintenance can help prevent damage to a property, saving time and money throughout the year and can also help with insurance claims. Below are a few items to be examined and cleaned.
Roof and Exterior
Wind, snow and rain can impact a building’s roof and exterior. Walking the property and being on the lookout for standing water or leaks from roofs and gutters is important. Chipped paint, siding dents and damage, cracked or leaking windows, foundation cracks, roof leaks, and clogged gutters should all be photographed, reported and repaired. If left unresolved, long-term issues can lead to more serious issues including foundation erosion and more.
Landscaping and Irrigation
Harsh winds, rain and snow can damage plants and limbs, especially on boxwoods, small shrubs and ornamental trees. Mulching, trimming broken limbs, pruning back plants, and cleaning debris needs to be done to prepare for spring growth. Irrigation systems need to be checked for damage and proper drainage to be ready for the dry summer season.
Warmer temperatures arriving means the facility mechanical systems should be inspected and maintained. Replacement of air filters, flushing of water heaters, and checking carbon monoxide detectors and sprinkler and fire suppression systems should be done before summer arrives.
Call Us Today to Prepare Your Emergency Ready Profile-(757) 523-9700
Commercial Water Damage Restoration Facts
Commercial Water Damage in Chesapeake
In the restoration industry, there is more than meets the eye when it comes to water and the havoc it can wreak.
Water Restoration Facts
- A sheet of drywall standing upright in 1/2" of water can absorb as much as 6 inches in less than 3 hours.
- Water is known as a "universal solvent" because it dissolves more substances than any other liquid.
- Mold typically begins to grow within 24 to 48 hours in an untreated, moist environment.
- A puddle of water around a water heater indicates a slow leak, or rusted or corroded fittings. Act quickly as water heaters are under a great deal of water pressure.
Water Contamination Categories in the Restoration Industry
- Category One-Water from a clean source that poses no risk of sickness or discomfort such as from an overflowing bathtub or from a broken water supply pipe.
- Category Two-Water that has a significant degree of chemical, biological and/or physical contamination such as water from a dishwasher or washer, or aquarium leak or discharged Category One water that sits untreated for more than 24 hours becomes a Category Two.
- Category Three- Water coming from a grossly unsanitary source or carrying disease causing agents such as releases from septic systems and flood waters or discharged Category One water that sits for more than 48 hours becomes Category Three, or discharged Category Two water that sits for more than 24 hours becomes Category Three.
The use of chemical agents that act as biocides may be used when there is a need to control or destroy pathogenic microorganisms during a restoration project. The EPA defines three levels of biocidal activity:
- Sanitizers which are designed to reduce the number of microorganisms
- Disinfectants which are designed to destroy or inhibit the growth, but not necessarily the spores.
- Sterilizers which are designed to destroy all microorganisms and their spores, such as mold, bacteria, viruses, etc.
Have Commercial Water Damage Questions? Call 757-523-9700
Emergency Ready Plan in Chesapeake
Our App is a No-Cost Readiness Plan for your Chesapeake Home or Business
Be Emergency Ready Chesapeake South. Our app is a no-cost readiness plan that places your ready plan data on your mobile device for quick access during an emergency. Download the Free App
The SERVPRO® Ready Plan is a tool for property managers and owners, both residential and commercial.
It allows for the creation of an Emergency READY Profile. By developing a SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile for your home or 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 home or business.
Commercial Storm Damage Restoration in Chesapeake
Storms and inclement weather can bring wind damage, heavy rain, and flooding that can devastate any business in a matter of minutes.
Every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when an emergency situation arises in your business, give us a call and we’ll be there fast with the help you need.
Want a Free Business Assessment? Call Us Today (757) 523-9700
Emergency Preparedness from SERVPRO® of Chesapeake
SERVPRO of Chesapeake, 757=523-9700
SERVPRO® of Chesapeake is a 24/7 Emergency Service provider no matter the time or the day, we will respond when disaster strikes.
We want to help you make a quick recovery which is made possible with a quick response after disaster strikes. SERVPRO® of Chesapeake has prepared an Emergency Ready Profile sample for you to view and to consider implementing in your own business.
Did you know that we will come to you and help you get your business profile set up so that when disaster does strike, the information in your Chesapeake Emergency Ready Profile will help to get your business up and running. Use the Email address SPChesapeake.com, and use Password Ready.
At SERVPRO® of Chesapeake, We are Here To Help® get your business doors open again and minimize your loss of revenue caused by the loss of operations. Call us at 757-465-9700 to schedule your complimentary profile. #NatPrep #LikeItNeverEvenHappened #HereToHelp #NationalPreparednessMonth
Water Damaged Contents in Chesapeake
Ceiling leak caused contents water damage in Chesapeake.
Water Damages your stuff too. At SERVPRO of Chesapeake South, we have seen our share of damage from a leaking pipe between the wall, a leaking upstairs toilet, a relief valve in the dishwasher that failed in the middle of the night, and of course damage from mother nature.
Most often our first thought is about the floors or the ceiling, or the walls that are going to be ruined and your contents, your treasures, your projects, your books can be overlooked.
We are your Emergency call to action experts when disaster strikes your home or business 24/7.
For over 20 years, SERVPRO of Chesapeake South helps to make it #LikeItNeverEvenHappened #HeretoHelp
Restoring Your Chesapeake Commercial Property After A Water Damage Event
Commercial Water Damage Events Present Unique Challenges
Flooding and water damage events at Chesapeake commercial properties are often complex with numerous issues that require a knowledgeable and flexible response. Whether we’re dealing with a relatively small water cleanup scenario or a large scale event, we work quickly to assess each unique situation and isolate the damaged area. In many instances, normal operations can continue in a temporary space while we restore your facility.
Restoring Commercial Properties Presents Unique Challenges
Our professionals are trained to be mindful of legal and environmental concerns and strive to fully restore the damaged area while working within your budgetary constraints. We understand that every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when an emergency situation arises in your business, give us a call and we’ll be there fast with the help you need.
About SERVPRO of Chesapeake
SERVPRO of Chesapeake specializes in the cleanup and restoration of commercial and residential property after a water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.
The Levels of Commercial Damage
SERVPRO® of Chesapeake handles not only residential damage and restoration, but commercial as well.
There are three levels of commercial damage that are considered:
Level 1 is a small commercial loss typically involving 15,000 square feet or less of affected floor space. If the facility was entirely affected, examples of a small commercial loss may include, but are not limited to, a stand-alone retail establishment, a small church, a daycare facility, a small shopping center, a small warehouse or manufacturing facility, or a stand-alone administrative building. A Level 1 loss can also be a small portion of a much larger structure.
Level 2 is a midsize commercial loss typically involving 15,000 to 60,000 square feet of affected floor space. The building or buildings involved are usually multi-level or greatly divided spaces. If the facility was entirely affected, examples of a Level 2 loss may include, but are not limited to, a small multi-family property, a midsize church or school, a small shopping center, a multi-tenant administration facility, or a midsize warehouse or manufacturing facility. A Level 2 loss can also be just a portion of a much larger structure.
Level 3 is a large commercial loss typically involving more than 60,000 square feet of affected floor space. The building or buildings involved will likely be large multi-level structures. If the facility was entirely affected, examples of a Level 3 loss can include, but are not limited to, a large church, hospital, school, or university; a large multi-family property; a mid- to high-rise retail or administration facility; a large industrial, manufacturing, or warehouse facility; or a large strip-style shopping center or shopping mall. This is the level at which it would be appropriate to refer to the project as a “large loss.”
Once our team determines the level of loss, the property is further assessed, and a team of appropriate size is dispatched to get the job done quickly and efficiently, and return your business to operation “Like it never even happened.”®
Vandalism Damage Do's and Don'ts
When vandalism damage occurs to your property there are important things to remember while waiting for SERVPRO® of Chesapeake to begin property restoration.
- Hose or wash egg or other residue damage from building exterior as soon as possible.
- Carefully vacuum glass particles from carpets and upholstery.
- Save containers revealing the ingredients of products used in vandalism damage.
- Record all damage and photograph when possible.
- Attempt to remove ink, paint or cosmetic stains.
- Operate damaged lamps or appliances.
- Discard broken or damaged pieces from porcelain, furniture or other contents that may be used for repair.
Always call SERVPRO® of Chesapeake first at (757)523-9700.
Emergency Ready Profile
It is estimated that up to 50% of businesses that close due to a disaster such as fire and flood never reopen! Of the businesses that survive, the overwhelming majority of them had a preparedness plan in place.
Are you “Ready for whatever happens?”
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 to plan for such events is not when the event happens, but well before it happens.
The SERVPRO® Emergency Ready Profile serves as a quick reference of important building and contact information or can be an ideal supplement to any well-designed emergency preparedness or existing contingency program. Rather than simply reacting to disaster situations, most prefer proactive measures to establish a relationship with a restoration services company.
By working with SERVPRO of Chesapeake to develop your personalized Emergency Ready Profile, your business will receive the benefit of over 40 years of experience in reducing the impact of any natural or man-made disaster. SERVPRO is a leader in water and fire damage response and can help you quickly get your property back in working order.
Call SERVPRO of Chesapeake at (757)523-9700 today.