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Restoring Your Harrisonburg/Rockingham County Commercial Property After A Water Damage Event

10/2/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Restoring Your Harrisonburg/Rockingham County Commercial Property After A Water Damage Event Commercial Water Damage Events Present Unique Challenges

Flooding and water damage events at Harrisonburg/Rockingham County 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 Harrisonburg/Rockingham County

SERVPRO of Harrisonburg/Rockingham County 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.

Containment During a Mold Remediation: How Important is It?

9/27/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Containment During a Mold Remediation: How Important is It? Where is the most strategic location of this containment? It should be placed as close to the source of invasion as possible.

This information was taken fromRestoration and Remediation, an online magazine. It is beneficial to share information with you regarding mold and why we use containment in the remediation process.

"The great mold warriors we meet and work with on a daily basis all have a common advantage- like the greatest generals in history, they know their enemy. More specifically these mold warriors know and understand that the greatest strength of their enemy is its invisibility.

Begin your battle by heeding the current Nobel Laureate for literature:  "The answer my friend, is blowing in the wind, the answer is blowing in the wind." [Of course that was an anti-war song…but let's not get too hung up in details…]

Since we know our enemy, we know it's greatest weakness - it cannot move on its own accord.  It is entirely dependent on air currents to power its invasion. Manage the skies, and you will win the war.

Erecting containment and generating and directing the air flow within that containment will enable us to win the air war, by controlling the enemy's movement. 

Where is the most strategic location of this containment?  It should be placed as close to the source of invasion as possible while still permitting us to gain access and accomplish our work.

One of the most common flaws in mold remediation projects is a containment structure that is larger than it needs to be:  Larger containments require more equipment for managing airflow, have more possible leak points, and require more time and effort to decontaminate prior to de-mobilisation. While erecting a containment, one must carefully balance the trade-offs between size and work access. 

To do so, one can rely on the knowledge of experienced mold warriors and follow the established principles." 

SERVPRO of Harrisonburg/Rockingham County can be your warrior when it comes to mold. To learn more, please visit our website or call us at (540) 433-6100. We will help guide you through this process.

Your Business Matters To Us

9/19/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Your Business Matters To Us SERVPRO also helps Commercial Businesses

Did you know SERVPRO also helps Commercial Businesses?

We’re always ready to help - you can trust the SERVPRO brand....

Indoor quality is something that needs to be maintained in a business, and we’re here for your needs! 

Proper Maintenance Saves You Money!!

  • World Health Organizations say that poor indoor air quality costs $60 billion in employee sick leave and lost production
  • People most at risk include infants and children, pregnant women, elderly, people with compromised respiratory system, and people with weakened immune systems

Control Moisture and Reduce Mold

Act within the first 24-48 hours...

  • Correct any water leaks or standing water
  • Remove standing water under cooling coils or air handling units 
  • Properly maintain humidifiers, if used
  • Replace wet or visible moldy insulation materials

Ways to Impress Your Customers

  • Clean dirty and stained ceilings
  • Scrub lobby, furniture and draperies
  • Establish maintenance plans for furnishings, carpets, and draperies
  • Clean HVAC and air duct system

The SERVPRO Difference

  • Reduce potential for mold growth
  • Remediate bacteria, fungi, and mold
  • Eliminate offensive odors
  • Written inspections and estimates

You Can Trust SERVPRO Brand Because....

  • Over 1,600 Franchises in 48 states means more locations
  • More locations means faster responses
  • Faster responses means faster mitigation and less damage
  • Faster mitigation means less cost

We give quotes to any situation that may occur to you, we are also open 24/7...365 days a year. 

No Job Too Big

9/19/2018 (Permalink)

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.

Every large loss is supervised by a commercial operations manager to help ensure seamless communication and timely mitigation.

At SERVPRO, the difference is our ability to dispatch trained production professionals and cut costs through the strategic placement and oversight of temporary labor. Get the professionals by calling SERVPRO of Harrisonburg/Rockingham County at (540) 433-6100 for all your commercial cleanup, mitigation and restoration needs. SERVPRO of Harrisonburg/Rockingham County is one of Virginia's premier smoke, fire and water cleanup companies.

Clients for the Commercial Large Loss program include the following:

  • The Hospitality Industry
  • Property Managers
  • Universities
  • Municipalities

Rapid response can mean the difference between restore vs. replace

9/19/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Rapid response can mean the difference between restore vs. replace Rapid response can mean the difference between restore vs. replace

The first few hours after commercial water damage can be the most vital.  Rapid response will many times be the determining factoring between restoring and replacing.  The photo captioned is what the employees of this office building saw when they came into work one morning.  A quick call to SERVPRO and a crew was on their way.  Clean up began with extraction of carpets.  Other crew members moved and blocked contents.  Even more crew members removed the vinyl cove base and drill holes in the lower drywall to allow airflow to more efficiently dry the walls.  Holes are always punched below the trim line to allow for the new trim to cover the holes.  A manager set up drying equipment as he walked through to ensure nothing was overlooked and properly document the job for the insurance company.  The SERVPRO team came in like a wave, just as the water did a few hours before.

Job timeline

  • The water damage was discovered on a Friday morning at 6:00AM.
  • The crew arrived at 7:45AM.
  • The work was completed by Friday evening at 6:30PM.
  • Crew returned Saturday and Sunday to take moisture readings and reposition drying equipment for optimal drying.
  • Crew arrived 6:00AM Monday to install new cove base and remove equipment.
  • By Monday 9:00AM, the property was put back together and it was business as usual for this company.   Employees that had off that Friday never even knew anything had happened!

If you have water damage in your commercial property, remember that a quick response from SERVPRO of Harrisonburg/Rockingham County can make the difference from an inconvenient weekend to weeks of construction and loss of use.  Call us today to help make it “Like it never even happened.”

The Makeup of Smoke

9/19/2018 (Permalink)

There are several components that make up smoke. Learning about these components can lead to a better understanding of just how badly smoke damage can be after a fire. Each part contributes a part to the odor a fire leaves. Particles are the partially or completely burned substances that can penetrate fabrics and surfaces. These can be toxic at times. Vapors are fog-like, misty droplets that can become dangerous if one inhales or absorbs them. The third component is toxic gases. Although these are odorless, carbon monoxide is the most common gas that will result from a fire and is dangerous. Phosgene gas results from household products like plastics, vinyl, and other chemicals are burned. Hydrogen cyanide is a product of the burning and combustion of insulation, clothing, carpet, synthetics and plastics. Due to the complex makeup of smoke and all the different ways it can be produced, it is hard to get the smoky odor out of many household items unless cleaned by a professional service.  

Content provided by: https://www.resolvebylowes.com/guidance/fire/how-smoke-damages-a-home/115000893728

Protecting Your Commercial Property

9/19/2018 (Permalink)

PROTECT YOUR COMMERCIAL BUILDINGS FROM WATER DAMAGE:

Turn off Water Valves to Prevent Damage in Commercial Buildings

When water damage occurs in a multi-story building such as office buildings or hotels, turning off the water supply at the main valve is vital to avoid additional damage. Identify where the broken pipe is located to determine if a water valve is near the source rather than on a lower floor or utility closet. Turning off water valves as quickly as possible prevents primary damage to surfaces in addition to secondary damage from mold and mildew. Business owners can prevent slow leaks in buildings by tracking water bills each month and maintaining safety protocols in boiler and water heater rooms.

Avoid Business Interruption to Prevent Financial Losses

Preventing extensive property damage also helps to avoid business interruption loss along with the possibility of creating liability claims from nearby property owners, tenants or guests. Maintenance personnel in businesses are responsible for turning off the main water valve during normal hours of operation before beginning remediation services. However, when leaks happen at unusual times such as during the night or on weekends, tenants, employees and managers do not know what to do.

Important Emergency Water Damage Guidelines

Having a SERVPRO of Harrisonburg/Rockingham County Emergency Readiness Plan (ERP) in place at businesses can help to reduce losses. 

Visually Inspect the Property:

At least once a month, assess various areas of a building to look for signs of moisture from leaking pipes and fixtures. Check water distribution systems, including bathroom fixtures, kitchen plumbing and drinking fountains, especially devices that are old and degraded. Keep a record of plumbing fixtures that are prone to having frequent failures such as galvanized or steel pipes and connectors. Inspect decorative water fountains, swimming pools and hot tubs at the same time. Understand the particular areas of a property that do not have drainage systems such as parking garages. In a water leak emergency, lower levels of a building without drains require portable or fixed sump pumps.

Step Two: Mitigation Plans

By having a SERVPRO of Harrisonburg/Rockingham County Emergency Readiness Plan can help establish SERVPRO of Harrisonburg/Rockingham County as your mitigation company of choice. We will have the information we need to begin a timely dry-out to reduce any secondary damage that may occur. It also allows for the creation and implementation of a loss mitigation plan for employees to follow when a disaster occurs.
The ERP will include a map or diagram showing the location of water shutoff valves and exactly how to close the devices. Pictures of the shut-off values will also be included. If a building has a sprinkler system for fires, then it is often necessary to turn off these devices to avoid damage from water or chemicals. For confidential or sensitive areas of a building, make a list of the designated employees who can enter the space.

Step Three: Emergency Contact List

A SERVPRO of Harrisonburg/Rockingham County Emergency Readiness Plan will contain an up-to-date 24-hour emergency contact list with names and telephone numbers for:

• The business maintenance staff
• Plumbers
• Electricians
• Tenants
• Local water company after-hours number
• Water mitigation service vendors such as SERVPRO of Harrisonburg/Rockingham County
• Building agent or broker

A business interruption plan should be standard procedure for any commercial building. The SERVPRO of Harrisonburg/Rockingham County ERP works well with any existing plan and the app allows the managers to have all this information in the palm of their hands.

Call SERVPRO of Harrisonburg/Rockingham County at (540) 433-6100 for your no cost Emergency Readiness Plan.

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10 Important Fire Damage Facts

9/19/2018 (Permalink)

While flames can cause the most visible damage to your property during a fire, smoke and soot are silent and sometimes invisible hazards that could cost lives.  Water is also a reason for damage after a fire. Even firefighters themselves may cause some damage before they can completely put out a fire. Here are 10 important things to know about fires.

  1. In a fire, more people die from inhaling smoke than from the flames. Never think that if you avoid the flames you are safe. Always keep away from smoke.
  2. Soot is a coating of fine, black dust created when wood, coal, or oil-based substances are burned.  These carbon particles float into the air and settle anywhere.  Inhaling soot can cause severe lung deficiencies or even death. 
  3. If soot contaminates items in your home or business, a fire restoration service provider like SERVPRO must assess the damage to see if restoration is possible.

Need Fire Restoration Advice or Services? Call SERVPRO of Harrisonburg/Rockingham County at 540-433-6100

  1. The worst possible effect of soot is its tendency to cause cancer and cause serious defects in newborns. Soot produces polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons. These hydrocarbons are responsible for gene mutation for particular groups of genes. They can cause birth defects and increase the chances of getting cancer.


Water’s Good and Bad
5. Water’s great at putting out most fires but the water itself can cause great damage. You must make sure, after the fire is out, that your home or business is completely dried.

  1. Mold colonies can begin to grow just 48 hours after water damage occurs.  The combination of fire, water, and mold damage to your commercial property or home could result in a complete loss if not handled properly. See our posts about mold, mold myths, and how to clean up mold.
  2. Use caution if you decide to do some of the cleanup after a fire. Never start your cleaning process until you’re properly attired. Wear heavy-duty gloves, safety goggles, and a facemask. Carefully cover your nose and make sure your safety glasses have no place for dust or soot to get into your eyes.

Why Firefighters Break Windows and Cut Holes In Roofs
8. Firefighters are true heroes. However, they often must break windows and cut holes in the roof of buildings on fire. As a fire burns, the fire moves up and down and across, growing very fast. Firefighters break windows and cut holes in roofs to provide ventilation that slows the fire’s growth. Ventilation also helps get rid of dark smoke that makes it hard for firefighters to see where they’re going. The holes and broken windows help firefighters fight the fire more quickly. The bottom line is that breaking windows and cutting holes in roofs help save lives and property. 

9. Firefighters will also cut holes in walls at times. That’s not about ventilation. It’s done so the fire department is sure that the fire is completely out. Fire departments don’t want to risk leaving a fire that’s not visible but is still active inside the walls or in other hidden places.

10. If you have a fire, get a copy of the fire report. In most areas, a fire report is a public document. Ask for it at the fire department or fire marshal’s office. The fire report will help you with information that your insurance company and other official offices may request.

Here to Help 
The team at SERVPRO of Harrisonburg/Rockingham County has specialized training and experience in fire restoration services and natural disaster cleanup.

Call SERVPRO of Harrisonburg/Rockingham County 540-433-6100 anytime, 24/7.

Stop, Drop, Roll and Extinguish - The A,B,C's of Fire Extinguishers

9/19/2018 (Permalink)

Fire extinguishers are a common sight in most houses across the United States as many states have implemented laws requiring each household to have one. What most people don’t know is that there are actually four different classes of fire extinguishers that work to put out different types of fires. It is important to be informed of these different classes in order to purchase the best extinguisher for your own house or apartment.

The classes of extinguishers are labeled as Class A, B, C, and D - each best for putting out a different type of fire.

  • Class A extinguishers: best at putting out fires in ordinary combustible materials, such as wood and paper
  • Class B extinguishers: best for use on flammable liquids such as gasoline, oil and grease
  • Class C extinguishers: best for use only on electrically energized fires
  • Class D extinguishers: best for use on flammable metals

Although there are four different classes, most fire extinguishers are sold as a combination of the classes to cover a broader range of fires. Some will be sold as A-B, or even A-B-C. Next time you are at the store shopping for you new extinguisher make sure you keep this information in mind to help you prepare best for any type of fire you may be faced with.

Content provided by: https://www.nationwide.com/fire-extinguisher-safety.jsp

What’s the Difference - Flood Warning vs. Flood Watch

9/19/2018 (Permalink)

When there are heavy rains in our area, we might hear the words “flood warning” or “flood watch.” For many of us, either phrase tells us that we need to be alert to flooding. But did you know that there’s a significant difference between a “warning” and a “watch?”

Flood Watch

A flood watch is an alert that indicates the conditions are right for flooding to happen. However, it does not mean that flooding will necessarily occur. When you see this alert, you should prepare for flooding since it is a strong possibility. Monitor the local news or other reliable sources for updates.

Flood Warning

A flood warning is announced when flooding is either impending or already occurring. When you get this alert, you should take immediate action and monitor official channels to get updates on the condition. If you’re unsure what to do during a flood, check out the resources at Ready.gov!

Monitor News or Radio Stations

Because weather can be unpredictable, always keep an eye on your local news or radio stations. Many of them will also have apps or websites that offer real-time updates. As long as you are familiar with the phrases they use, you’ll be able to act accordingly when they issue alerts. In fact, they just might save your life.