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What to Do About Commercial Property Leaks

3/27/2019 (Permalink)

Water damage caused by leaky pipes can cause severe property losses for local businesses. Whether the water is slowly seeping from a loose fitting or is suddenly gushing from a burst frozen pipe, commercial property leaks can prove disastrous for the overall local economy.

The good new is: many types of leaking water damage are covered by commercial property insurance policies.  Unfortunately, not all leaks are covered.  So, it’s good to know how to be prepared.

Here at SERVPRO of Eatontown / Long Branch we know how important it is to keep local businesses up and running. That’s why we’re trusted by so many business owners in this community to help deal with water damage and restoration issues.

To help you understand how to deal with leaks at your commercial property, here’s a helpful guide explaining what kinds of water leaks are typically covered by commercial property insurance policies, and what kinds of leaks are not:

Covered

  1. Sudden Events

If a leak is caused by a pipe or other appliance, such as a water heater, that suddenly breaks, any damage to your commercial property will likely be covered under your insurance policy.

Note: commercial property policies generally don’t cover damage resulting from a backed-up drain, sewer or sump pump. However, it is often possible to purchase additional sewer backup coverage if you are concerned about that issue.

  1. Fire System Damage

While commercial property policies generally won’t cover the repair costs to most broken appliances, they often will cover the cost to replace or repair any damaged parts of a fire protective system, such as a sprinkler. 

  1. Building Restoration

Most water pipes are hidden inside walls, ceilings, and floors, so when a leak occurs, it will often be necessary to tear out a piece of the building in order to repair the pipe.

The good news is, many commercial property insurance policies will cover the costs to restore those parts of the building that had to be removed in order to repair the leak.

Not Covered

  1. Slow Leaks

Many commercial property insurance policies will not cover damage caused by water that has been leaking continuously for 2 weeks or more.

For this reason, it’s important to be proactive about maintenance and vigilance regarding potential leaks.  Sometimes a leak can be so slow that no harmful damage occurs until months have passed, so you need to be on the lookout for even the smallest indications of a leak.

  1. Frozen Pipe Leaks

It’s common for many insurance policies to contain a “freezing” exclusion so that any damage caused by a frozen appliance or liquids that freeze will not be covered.

However, there are often exceptions.  For example, if you can demonstrate that you did your best to maintain adequate heat in the building, if the frozen pipe was caused, say, by a sudden power outage, you may still be able to qualify for coverage.

If the worst should happen and you do need water damage restoration, we can help you ASAP. Here at SERVPRO of Eatontown / Long Branch, we pride ourselves on being “faster to any disaster” with the best technicians and equipment to restore local businesses in this community. We’ll even help work with your insurance provider.

What to Do If Your Business Is Damaged by Fire

3/8/2019 (Permalink)

If you’re dealing with fire damage to your business, you may be wondering what you’re supposed to do next.

The good new is: fire damage doesn’t have to mean the end of your business. According to statistics from FEMA, more than half of all businesses do re-open after disaster[1], and for many businesses, fire damage can become an opportunity to emerge stronger -- just like the mythical phoenix who rises from the ashes.

If you too want to rise above a fire disaster, here’s a simplified step-by-step guide for what to do when your business gets damaged by fire:

Call for Professional Cleanup & Restoration Services ASAP

When disaster strikes, you will want to call for professional help immediately. Once you are dealing with the aftermath, things can get very overwhelming, and knowing what steps to take can be elusive. 

This is why calling in the professionals at SERVPRO of Eatontown/Long Branch can be the best move at this critical time.

Figure out who is responsible. 

Many factors will come into play, including whether you own or lease the building, who or what caused the fire, and how much insurance coverage you have. (Note: some insurance policies only cover the contents of your building, not all the materials actually used to construct your business.)

In many instances, you will need to wait until investigations have been completed by the local fire or police departments and/or your insurance provider.  Just make sure to keep the lines of communication open for information and additional instructions.

Make sure to salvage and safeguard all you can.

If the fire has destroyed windows, doors, walls, or your roof, you will need to act quickly to salvage and safeguard any property you can.

Any large holes in your structure should be patched to prevent further damage and minimize the risk of vandalism.  This is another reason it’s so important to call for professional cleaning and restoration help as quickly as is possible.

Contact your business stakeholders.

Your next step will be contacting everyone who may be affected by the fire damage. This includes any employees, business partners, or investors.  It also includes your customers – make sure to communicate the news about what has happened and tell them about your plans to emerge stronger.  Making this open declaration can help your own motivation in such a difficult circumstance!

Also, don’t forget to contact your insurance agent ASAP.  Some claims may require an inspection or consultation, and you’ll wanted to get the process started as soon as you can.

In most instances SERVPRO is able to help manage your insurance process and paperwork.

Make sure your documents are in order.

The insurance company will require documentation about your losses, so be sure to gather up your statements and receipts.

Another good tip is to take photos or video footage of the damage, even just using a smartphone.  This can be used as evidence for the extent of your losses.

Get back to business as usual.

Once you call fire damage restoration experts, they will be able to assist you in repairing not only damage from fire and smoke, but also any water damage that may have occurred during the firefighting efforts.

The experts of SERVPRO Eatontown / Long Branch are specially trained to mitigate any damage and oversee the entire restoration process, getting you back to business as quickly as we can.

5 Tips to Help Your Business Weather Out a Bad Storm

2/7/2019 (Permalink)

Just when you think winter may be over, the New Jersey Coast can still see a major winter storm which can batter the Shore area with wind, rain, snow and flooding.

If you own a business that is in a high-risk area for flooding, these tips can help you minimize damage you may be unfortunate enough to endure

Get Prepared 

1. Store important documents and valuables and in a location that will be dry and secure. 

2. Check your gutters and spouts to ensure they won’t be clogged.

3. Make sure to have a working sump pump.

4. If possible, move any electronics or other costly items to a higher floor or at least try to raise them several feet off the floor to minimize any flood damage.

Safety First

1. Turn off electricity in any affected areas.  Even if there’s a power outage, the power may be suddenly restored without notice and could cause a shock hazard.

2. Be cautious of any structural compromises or falling debris ff you choose to enter a damaged building. 

3. Keep out of the floodwater as much as possible to reduce the risk of slip-and-fall hazards and bacterial contamination.

4. Be sure to wear protective clothing – including slip-resistant shoes, gloves, eye protection, and a mask – in order to minimize potential risks.

Clean-Up ASAP

When flooding occurs, the quicker you can start your cleaning and restoration efforts, the better your chances of minimizing long-term damage and costs.

Here at SERVPRO Eatontown / Long Branch our expert technicians are available 24/7 to respond to any flooding emergency big or small.  We have the advanced training, skills, and equipment necessary to clean and restore your business to its pre-flood condition as quickly as possible.

Commercial Mold

11/20/2018 (Permalink)

Mold growth is NOT a new subject. In fact, many commercial structures end up closing their doors to business for months due to mold contamination.  That is why in any large facility the importance of maintaining that facility to deter water leaks, moisture problems and poor air quality should be the main focus.

Most mold growth is discovered after we get called to remediate a water issue, and we discover it growing behind removed material such as sheet rock, sink vanities, cabinetry, etc. In many instances, the mold growth has gone undetected for months, if not years.

According to the Environmental Protection Agency, the key to mold control is moisture control. Solve moisture problems before they become mold problems.

Mold Prevention Tips

  • Fix leaky plumbing and leaks in the building as soon as possible.
  • Watch for condensation and wet spots.
  • Prevent moisture due to condensation by increasing surface temperature or reducing the moisture level in air (humidity). To increase surface temperature, insulate or increase air circulation. To reduce the moisture level in air, repair leaks, increase ventilation (if outside air is cold and dry), or dehumidify (if outdoor air is warm and humid).
  • Keep heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) drip pans clean, flowing properly and unobstructed.
  • Vent moisture-generating appliances, such as dryers, to the outside where possible.
  • Maintain low indoor humidity, below 60% relative humidity (RH), ideally 30-50%, if possible.
  • Perform regular building/HVAC inspections and maintenance as scheduled.
  • Clean and dry wet or damp spots within 48 hours.
  • Don't let foundations stay wet. Provide drainage and slope the ground away from the foundation.

Potential health concerns are also an important reason to prevent mold growth and to remediate/clean up any existing indoor mold growth.

Obviously staying on top of moisture issues is the key to keeping mold under control.
Should your commercial building need mold remediation, remember that SERVPRO has specially trained technicians that can handle the job. No job is too large or small, and we are available 24/7.

4 Tips for Cleaning Your Commercial Property After Water Damage

8/21/2018 (Permalink)

If you own commercial property, you know that water damage can be horribly bad for business.  It can ruin your assets and disrupt the flow of transactions and productivity that keep your business growing. Whether you own an office building, a retail store, a restaurant, or even a manufacturing plant, whatever the size of your business, you need to get back to “business as usual” as soon as you can.

If your commercial property has been struck by water damage, you’ll want to act quickly in order to minimize any losses. Time is of the essence when it comes to salvaging what you own. Unfortunately, expensive items, like furniture and electronics, are often the most prone to be ruined by water damage, so you’ll want to do as much as you can and bring in assistance as quickly as you can to reduce the long-term costs.

If you’re dealing with water damage to your business, here are 4 tips that can help you deal with the problem and minimize the extent of the damage:

Cut the Power and Remove Any Salvageable Large Items

The first thing you must remember is the truism: safety first.

If it is safe to do so, turn off the electricity, and focus on removing valuable assets from the affected area.  You might be able to salvage area rugs and carpeting if they are removed and dried quickly.  The same is true for electronics, furniture, and other important movable items you need for your business.

Remove as Much Water as You Can

There are multiple methods for removing water.  A sump pump can be an effective tool for removing lots of water and can sometimes even be rented from a nearby hardware store if you don’t have one on hand.  If It is possible to safely access an electrical outlet that is far enough away from the water, you might also be able to use a wet/dry vacuum.

If need be, manual methods of water removal can work.  Buckets, mops and towels can be safe and effective, especially if the water damage is contained to a delimited area.

Your professional cleaning and restoration services provider will be able to bring industrial grade tools and expert techniques to clean up your water damage, so if your problem is extensive, you will want their help as soon as possible.

Allow for Ventilation and Drying

Once you’ve cleared out as much standing water as you can, you want to speed up the drying process as much as possible.

Open any doors or windows to allow maximum ventilation.  If you have access to electricity, you can also use fans and/or a dehumidifier. Turn them up to the highest possible setting for the quickest results.

Clean and Disinfect

Once the water has dried out, use a disinfectant to clean the affected area and get rid of any bacteria contamination.

Make sure to wear protective clothing and use a 10% bleach solution or other proven disinfectant on areas where it is safe to do so.

You want to prevent any contamination from spreading and affecting other areas of your business property. This includes odor control and the prevention of mold growth.

If your business requires emergency professional cleaning and restoration services, your local SERVPRO experts are here to help.  We have the professional training, skills, and equipment to respond to any size water damage problem and restore you back to business fast.  You can reach SERVPRO of Eatontown/ Long Branch anytime 24/7 at 732-858-5422.

A Commercial Cleaning Checklist for Your Business

5/31/2018 (Permalink)

Cleanliness is always a key component of a professional reputation. Customers, clients, and colleagues will always respond more favorably to a well-kept, fresh atmosphere.  Plus, you need to make sure your commercial property is a safe environment for all who enter.  This includes being proactive about potential hazards. 

To help make sure your place of business is as clean as it ought to be, here’s a commercial cleaning checklist:

  • Power wash all exterior building surfaces, sidewalks, and parking lots
  • Clean all the windows, including their accessories such as blinds and drapes
  • Clear out all gutters
  • Inspect for and remove any mold and mildew growth
  • Make sure air ducts and HVAC systems are clean and functioning properly
  • Deep clean any carpets or upholstery
  • Remove the accumulation of dirt, grease, and contaminants from hard floors, walls, and ceilings

Everyday wear and tear can build up overtime until the problem goes beyond the capabilities of your janitorial staff. Plus, certain challenges, like removing biohazardous contaminants, should always be left to specially trained professionals with the equipment, tools, and industrial grade products needed to restore your commercial property to business as usual.

SERVPRO of Eatontown / Long Branch has been helping local business maintain their high standards of safety and cleanliness with a range of commercial cleaning services from cleaning restaurant hoods to removing odors to restoring damaged property.

Check out the wide range of commercial cleaning service we offer: www.SERVPROeatontownlongbranch.com/commercial-restoration-cleaning

Mold in Schools

4/2/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Mold in Schools maintaining water leaks, moisture problems and poor air quality should be the main focus at any large facility.

Mold growth in schools is not a new subject. In fact, just last year a large township in NJ was forced to close its schools for months due to mold contamination.  That is why in any large facility like a school or commercial building, the importance of maintaining that facility to deter water leaks, moisture problems and poor air quality should be the main focus.

According to the Environmental Protection Agency, the key to mold control is moisture control. Solve moisture problems before they become mold problems!

Mold Prevention Tips

  • Fix leaky plumbing and leaks in the building envelope as soon as possible.
  • Watch for condensation and wet spots. Fix source(s) of moisture problem(s) as soon as possible.
  • Prevent moisture due to condensation by increasing surface temperature or reducing the moisture level in air (humidity). To increase surface temperature, insulate or increase air circulation. To reduce the moisture level in air, repair leaks, increase ventilation (if outside air is cold and dry), or dehumidify (if outdoor air is warm and humid).
  • Keep heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) drip pans clean, flowing properly and unobstructed.
  • Vent moisture-generating appliances, such as dryers, to the outside where possible.
  • Maintain low indoor humidity, below 60% relative humidity (RH), ideally 30-50%, if possible.
  • Perform regular building/HVAC inspections and maintenance as scheduled.
  • Clean and dry wet or damp spots within 48 hours.
  • Don't let foundations stay wet. Provide drainage and slope the ground away from the foundation.

Potential health concerns are an important reason to prevent mold growth and to remediate/clean up any existing indoor mold growth.

According to the National Clearing House for Educational Services, the following symptoms may be caused by mold allergies:

  • Nasal or sinus congestion
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Sneezing
  • Sore throat
  • Cough
  • Skin irritation (rash or itching)
  • Shortness of breath
  • Headache
  • Watery, reddened, or burning eyes
  • Fatigue

Damp buildings and mold growth are recognized triggers of asthma attacks. 

Obviously staying on top of moisture issues is the key to keeping mold under control.
Should your school or commercial building need mold remediation, remember that SERVPRO has specially trained technicians that can handle the job. No job is too large or small, and we are available 24/7.

For more information, check out these links:

https://www.epa.gov/mold/mold-remediation-schools-and-commercial-buildings-guide

http://www.ncef.org/pubs/mold.pdf

Ready To Sell? How To Prepare Your Home For A Sale

3/8/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Ready To Sell? How To Prepare Your Home For A Sale Prepare your home to sell

Selling your home can seem stressful, but there are plenty of ways you can make the process easier on yourself. By following some simple steps, you can more easily attract a buyer and maybe even negotiate a better sale price.

Before you bring anyone in for a tour, you'll want to make sure everything is in its best condition possible. What it all comes down to is getting your home as close to move-in ready as you can and presenting its best face to prospective buyers. Here are a few ways you can be sure to wow any interested parties.

 Tidy the landscaping and exterior

The first thing anyone will notice upon approaching your home is the landscape and the exterior. Making both look top notch is key to nailing your very first impression with the potential buyer.

Tidying up your lawn and shrubbery can go a long way to improving the overall look of the property, and you might even consider planting some flowers to bring a splash of life and color to your yard.

Be sure to wash your home if it needs it; power-washing the siding can go a long way to making the building look like new. Applying a fresh coat of paint to the entryway and laying down a welcome mat are nice finishing touches that will really make a prospective buyer feel like a guest.

The key is to make it feel homey and put together, so that a buyer can envision a simple transition from their old home to their new. This implied simplicity could be the difference between a sale or a walk.

Make any necessary repairs

Repairs are essential, as any savvy home buyer will be checking to ensure that everything is in working order. That means guaranteeing that there are no mold problems or other underlying damage that needs to be addressed.

If there are issues, tackle them before you invite prospective buyers to view the home. Consider contracting remediation services Like SERVPRO Eatontown/long Branch to deal with any mold, fire, or water damage that might have occurred over the years. Now is your chance to address these problems, before they chase off a prospective buyer.

Remove personal items and organize your space

It's important to downsize as much as possible ahead of time, packing away whatever personal items you can and only leaving those things in the living space that are absolutely essential to your day-to-day life, or those that give the buyer an idea of what the home looks like when furnished.

Buyers want to picture the space as theirs when searching for a new home, so make it as easy as possible on them by removing family photos, keepsakes, or any décor based on your identity and personality. Help them see themselves in your home, and closing a deal will likely become easier.

Provide a squeaky-clean interior

Finally, no buyer wants to imagine hours of hard work scrubbing the home they just bought with their hard-earned money. Providing a squeaky-clean interior will go a long way to closing the deal.

Selling your home takes a lot of time and energy, so consider partnering with a professional cleaning service like SERVPRO Eatontown/Long Branch to get the job done quickly and efficiently, without having to divert your focus from the many other tasks at hand.

Once everything is repaired, cleaned, and shaped up, it's time to bring in your leads. If you've crossed all your T's and dotted all your I's, odds are you'll get some immediate reactions and likely seal that deal sooner, rather than later.

More Than Remediation

2/9/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial More Than Remediation Clean air ducts are important for maintaining good air quality.

Did you know that SERVPRO of Eatontown/Long Branch offers more than water and fire cleanup and remediation? We offer a host of cleaning services for our commercial clients who don’t have time to worry about the common wear and tear that gradually soils their office. When grime, odor, and moisture challenges go beyond the scope of regular janitorial staff, can call SERVPRO of Eatontown / Long Branch for prompt service. Whether it’s removing an odor problem or deep cleaning flooring or carpets, our commercial clients can rely on us to make your workspace look its very best!

Among the services we offer our commercial clients are:

  • Air Ducts and HVAC
  • Biohazard and Sewage
  • Trauma and Crime Scene
  • Carpet and Upholstery
  • Drapes and Blinds
  • Ceilings, Walls, and Hard Floors
  • Odor Removal and Deodorization
  • Vandalism

Commercial Structures need rapid remediation

1/18/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Commercial Structures need rapid remediation Broken water pipe completely soaked this office space in Eatontown, NJ

When a home experiences disruption due to water, mold or fire damage, it can be difficult to think things can get back to normal. The quicker a family can get back to normal life, the better everyone feels. 

It is just as important to get commercial spaces up and running quickly. The longer the loss of time means the greater loss of business. At SERVPRO of Eatontown/Long Branch we strive to get businesses back in operation with as little interruption as possible. We make every effort to be quick and thorough, making sure that every detail has been taken care of and remediation is complete.

We are equipped to service the following, no space is too large or small:

  • Office Buildings
  • Apartment Buildings
  • Restaurants
  • Hotels/Motels
  • Retail Stores
  • Manufacturing & Industrial
  • Government/Military
  • Universities/Colleges
  • Schools

SERVPRO of Eatontown/Long Branch is available 24/7/365

11/27/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial SERVPRO of Eatontown/Long Branch is available 24/7/365 SERVPRO of Eatontown/Long Branch is always available, no matter what time of day or night.

Nobody can predict when a water heater will burst, a pipe will break, or your stove will catch fire while you’re cooking. That is why SERVPRO of Eatontown/Long Branch is always available, twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week.

Within minutes, water will quickly spread, saturating everything in its path. Water is absorbed into walls, floors, upholstery, and belongings. Within the first 24 hours drywall begins to swell and break down, metal surfaces begin to tarnish and furniture begins to swell and crack. The earlier SERVPRO can get to the scene, the faster water can be extracted from the area and the important step of drying and mitigation can begin.

Fire and smoke is especially destructive. Not only does the structure suffer physical damage, smoke and soot can creep into tiny spaces and settle there, leaving a lingering odor and settling in air ducts, furniture, clothes, and crevices.  In many instances property will also suffer from water damage from firefighting efforts.

Immediate response can mean all the difference in further issues .If you wait too long, there is the possibility of  the appearance of mold and mildew, wood flooring begins to swell and warp or metal and paint being affected. The longer an area remains unmitigated, restoration time and cost increase dramatically; replacing contaminated materials and structural rebuilding may be extensive.

So remember that SERVPRO of Eatontown/Long Branch is available day or night, we are always on call, and we’re here to help.

Will You be Ready for a Disaster?

11/10/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Will You be Ready for a Disaster? Water leaking from the upstairs completely destroyed the sheet rock ceiling on the lower floor.

Disasters like water damage, fire damage or flood, no matter how big or small, can never be predicted.  But you CAN prepare for them!


The best way to reduce business interruption following a disaster is to plan for it NOW.  Preparation is a key component for making it through any size disaster, no matter how big or small.

According to the latest industry research, 50% of all businesses never recover after a disaster. Of the businesses that do open, approximately 75% of those businesses had a plan in place.

One of our most effective tools in helping customers in the event of an emergency is the ERP, or Emergency Ready Profile. This profile provides all the critical information needed in emergency situations, and minimizes business interruption.

The main reason to have an ERP done for your facility or home is:

  • It provides a concise Profile Document that contains only the critical information needed in the event of an emergency.
  • It is a guide to help you get back into your building following a disaster.
  • It is an identification of the line of command for authorizing work to begin.
  • It provides facility details such as shut-off valve locations, priority areas and priority contact information.

This invaluable service is offered at no cost to our customers, and leaves them with peace of mind that their home or office will be ready for whatever happens.

This service can also be done for residential properties, so homeowners can rest assured they have the information at hand when a disaster strikes.

Be prepared! Call SERVPRO of Eatontown/Long Branch to schedule your Emergency Ready Profile and rest easily in knowing that we will be faster to your disaster!