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Mold in the Workplace
As public awareness of the health effects and symptoms caused by mold exposure increases, so too, does concern about indoor exposure and the need to reduce contact. Therefore, it is important to understand basic practices to prevent or minimize mold growth; specifically among those overseeing the maintenance of commercial properties.
Molds are part of the natural environment. Throughout the year, molds can be found anywhere - inside or outside. However, mold growth should be avoided inside if possible, as problems may arise when mold starts eating away at materials; affecting the look, smell, and possibly, the structural integrity of buildings. Mold growth will often occur when excessive moisture or water accumulates indoors, particularly if the moisture problem remains uncorrected. If left unchecked, molds gradually damage building materials and furnishings, and can eventually cause structural damage to a wood-framed building, weakening floors and walls as it feeds on moist wooden structural members.
SERVPRO’s familiarity with water cleanup and mold remediation makes us highly knowledgeable in areas pertaining to mold prevention. Moisture control is the key to mold control. When water leaks or spills occur indoors - act promptly. Any initial water infiltration should be stopped and cleaned promptly (within 24-48 hours). Thorough clean-up involving drying, and/or removal of water-damaged materials will prevent or limit mold growth.
Mold prevention tips include:
- Repairing plumbing and building leaks as soon as possible.
- Looking for condensation and wet spots. Fix source(s) of moisture infiltration as quickly as possible.
- Increasing surface temperature or reducing the moisture level in the air to prevent moisture from condensing Surface temperature can be increased by insulating or increasing air circulation. Whereas, to reduce the moisture level in the air, repair leaks, dehumidify (if outdoor air is warm and humid), or increase ventilation (if outside air is cold and dry).
- Keeping HVAC drip pans clean, unobstructed, and flowing properly.
- Performing regularly scheduled building/ HVAC inspections and maintenance, including filter changes.
- Maintaining indoor relative humidity below 70%. If possible, 25 - 60% humidity is ideal.
- Venting moisture-generating appliances, such as dryers, to the outside where possible.
- Referring to local code requirements when venting kitchens (cooking areas) and bathrooms.
- Cleaning and drying wet or damp spots within 48 hours of discovery.
- Providing adequate drainage around buildings; sloping the ground away from building foundations.
- Pinpointing areas where leaks have occurred, identifying the causes, and taking preventive action to ensure that they do not reoccur.
Common Causes of Commercial Fires
One of the greatest defenses against commercial fires is to understand and mitigate your risks. According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), the five most common causes of commercial fires are cooking equipment, heating equipment, electrical and lighting equipment, smoking materials, and intentional fire-setting.
- Cooking Equipment: Most common of restaurants but possible in any business that serves food, commercial fires caused by cooking equipment are extremely common. The high cooking, temperatures, flammable oils and grease, and the hectic nature of commercial kitchens make this the single most common cause of commercial fires.
- Heating Equipment: As with any mechanical equipment, furnaces, boilers, and radiators run the risk of overheating and, ultimately, starting a fire.
- Electrical and Lighting Equipment: All modern buildings have electrical wiring behind walls for light or power. However, the presence of potentially defective wiring, overloaded circuits, loose connections, imbalanced electrical loads, faulty fuses, and any other electrical or lighting problems carries the inherent risk of starting a fire.
- Smoking Materials: Lit cigars, cigarettes, and other smoking materials often start fires if disposed of incorrectly. Despite a decline in the popularity of smoking and the introduction of “fire-safe” cigarettes, smoking materials remain the fourth leading cause of commercial fires.
- Intentional Fire-Setting: Although one may assume that intentional fire-setting is a nicely-put term for arson, arson only comprises a small percentage of commercial fires. Rather, an intentional fire can be defined as any fire which occurs as a result of the deliberate misuse of a heat source. This often leads to unexpected or accidental consequences by the fire-starter, rather than outcomes of criminal intent.
We at SERVPRO of Gilbert, Chandler South, Ahwatukee and South Tempe know the extent of damage caused by commercial fires. Too often, we are tasked with cleaning and restoring a destroyed kitchen or charred office. That is why we provide you with information meant to help prevent the disaster from occurring in your business.
If a fire does affect your commercial property, be sure to call us at (480) 558-7620. Beyond our extensive knowledge covering all aspects of fire damage, we understand the urgency of the situation. Commercial fire damage means decreased productivity, so we make sure your business is back up and running at full capacity in the shortest time possible. “Faster to Any Disaster.”
Commercial Water Damage
In the case of a water loss, fast response time paired with effective methods of restoration are crucial. Capable of incurring harmful effects to the building’s structure, furniture, and scent, water losses on a commercial property can be detrimental to the functioning of a business. Furthermore, with damage to a building, there is potential for a loss of income and production. However, at SERVPRO of Gilbert, Chandler South, Ahwatukee and South Tempe, we are constantly working to mitigate those damages and manage each project through completion. Whether your emergency occurs in a small office building or a superstore, our team of highly trained and certified technicians will ensure that your business is operating at full capacity as quickly as possible.
Call us at (480) 558-7620. We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. When you need fast, reliable help to restore your business after water, fire, mold, or storm damage, we can get you back to business, “Like it never even happened.”
Why Commercial Property Owners Choose Us!
When commercial property owners experience water damage, often times the commercial, the issue can be complicated with numerous problems. This requires a team of professionals that are knowledgeable and flexible response time. If the water damage is small or a large event, we will work quickly to assess each unique situation and isolate the damage.
Our professionally trained technicians strive to restore the damaged area while working within your budgetary constraints. We understand that every hour spent cleaning up is lost revenue and productivity. So when an emergency situation arises in your business, call SERVPRO of Gilbert, Chandler South, Ahwatukee, and South Tempe. Our team will arrive quickly to give you the help you need.
SERVPRO of Gilbert, Chandler South, Ahwatukee, and South Tempe specializes in commercial and residential restoration after a water or fire event. Should you ever find yourself in need of a professional restoration company, give us a call (480) 558-7620
Protect Your Commercial Property From Fire
Save your commercial property from fire by employing these safety tips
It is vital to maintain the fire safety protocols in your commercial building. Proper fire safety gives an added level of protection for your records, merchandise, tools, equipment, and the building, not to mention the protection of your employees and customers. Take time to maintain the following:
Fire Alarms are critical to the safety of your commercial building, employees, and customers against fire. Inspect your fire alarm at least once a year. Make sure it is in proper working condition.
Emergency Lights and Exit Signs
If there is a fire, many times, it can cause panic. Smoke will make it difficult to see or breathe even if you are familiar with the building. Emergency lights are essential because they come on when the main power supply is unavailable. Make sure exit signs are over the doors. These lights should be tested regularly.
Commercial properties are required for commercial properties. They should be mounted on the walls and accessed easily. Make sure that your employees understand how to use a fire extinguisher. It is important to have them inspected regularly.
Fire Sprinkler/Standpipe Systems
Many commercial properties have sprinkler systems. They work when the building is hot. They turn on to extinguish larger fires. These systems should be maintained by licensed inspectors and be tested monthly.
In the event of a commercial fire, SERVPRO of Gilbert, Chandler South, Ahwatukee, and Tempe South is available 24/7 to help restore your property. Call us (480) 558-7620
When your tiles have with water damage - call us!
Day-to-day maintenance of commercial properties is essential not only for the impression of your property but also ensures that you have pride in it. Ceiling tiles can give you an indication of issues with the roof or equipment. So, look up! If your tiles are warped, cracked, discolored, have damp or mold spots, contact SERVPRO of Gilbert for mold remediation and restoration.
Moldy tiles and large holes in tiles cannot be repaired by simple cleaning. Our restoration team is here to help. We will visit your site first to investigate any potential water damage. After finding the source of the problem, we will mitigate and repair the issue quickly and professionally. We will replace any affected times and reduce mold and water. Your commercial property will be restored to “Like it never even happened.”
Call SERVPRO of Gilbert 480-588-7620
Commercial Damage Containment
Commercial Water Disasters Happen
Containment is the first step in restoration. It is key to preventing substances like mold, or microbial toxin-producing pathogens from escaping into the air. Most of the toxins are so small they can quickly move through normal air currents found in most buildings. If not contained, they can create the potential for even more significant concerns for humans and animals.
SERVPRO of Gilbert is here to help when your commercial property has a mold, water, flood, or fire emergency. Our team of professionally trained technicians will arrive quickly so we can begin to solve the issue. We will make it "Like it never even happened."
Call us at (480) 558-7620.
We are available 24/7 – 365 days a year when you need us the most.
We Will Mitigate and Restore Commercial Property Damage!
SERVPRO of Gilbert will help with all of your commercial restoration needs.
Fire, flooding, and water damage incidents at Gilbert area at commercial properties are involved with many issues that require a technical knowledgeable, and flexible response. For SERVPRO of Gilbert, it does not matter if the problem is a small water cleanup or a large scale event, we will work quickly to assess each unique situation and isolate the damaged area. We understand that downtime for a business is more devastating than the property damage itself. The most important thing to Gilbert area businesses is to get back up and running quickly
Our professional technicians are trained to be aware of legal and environmental concerns as we work to restore the damaged area, all while working within budgetary constraints. We understand that the time that you are not in business is lost revenue and productivity.
Our team specialized in cleanup and restoration for both commercial and residential properties. Our technicians are trained in end to end property damage restoration. We are IICRC-industry certified.
When you have a fire, water, or flood emergency, call SERVPRO of Gilbert (480) 558-7620. We are open 24/7. You will speak directly with one of our team members. And we will be there quickly to give you the help that you need.
Commercial Fire Safety
A fire can pose difficult challenges for a large commercial or small business. It not only does it halt business operations and customer relationships but could have adverse impact to equipment, materials and structures which can be disastrous. It is critical as a business owner to not only focus on the health of your business but also on fire prevention, risk and staff education to help reduce the chance of fire damage.
Here are some suggestions to lessen the risk of fire hazards in the workplace.
Have your Fire Marshall or local Fire Department inspect equipment and chemical areas routinely. Make certain that the fire alarm and sprinkler systems are in excellent working order.
Consider purchasing a sprinkler system if you do not have one. According to NFPA, “Sprinkler systems were effective at controlling 96% of fires in which they operated.
If there are old appliances on site, it is time to think about replacing them.
Unplug small appliances over the weekend – coffee makers and microwaves.
Make sure that the appliances are given plenty of room to breathe. This includes mechanical rooms. This area should always be neat and free from clutter.
Make sure that your employees know where the fire extinguishers are located in the building. And know how to use them.
Have an evacuation plan.
Do not allow smoking in or around the building.
Make sure to keep all doors closed during business hours. This is not only for security but the fire safety.
Just like at home make sure that the garbage is taken out daily.
At SERVPRO of Gilbert, we know how devastating a fire can be to your business. Our team of professional technicians have helped several businesses recover small to extensive fire clean up damage. We will remove the debris, cleanup the area, help improve air quality, remove odor, clean water damage as well as store and clean your property. Our goal is to return your site to the pre-fire condition.
Call SERVPRO of Gilbert for all your commercial fire and water restoration needs. (480) 558-7620
Need Restoration Help With Your Commercial Property?
Imagine the panic that you feel as a business owner when you walk into your establishment on Monday morning to find the floor of your business is covered with water. This is what happened to one of our local commercial customers.
If this happens to your commercial business always remember safety first. Turn off all the power in the rooms that are impacted. Never walk through the building with the electricity on or operate any electrical appliance while standing on wet floors. Plus, you do not know if the free standing water is a bio-hazard (sewage) or not.
If you know where your water value key is take it and locate your main water shut off value for value most commercial properties is located outside the building. Using your value key, turn the water to prevent any additional water flow.
Contact your building manager, SERVPRO of Gilbert or plumber.
Water damage can strike commercial property at any time. This damage can keep your business sidelined impacting your customers and business. From major storm events to broken water lines, our professional highly trained water damage restoration technicians at SERVPRO of Gilbert are available 24/7 to help quickly mitigate the damage, preserve valuables and manage any of your restoration needs.
Call us for large or small commercial water damage concerns. (480) 558-7620
Gilbert Bars, Pubs, Restaurants, Fire Odors and Help from SERVPRO
Enjoy the Drinks, Not the Smoke Odors in Your Local Gilbert Bar--Call SERVPRO for Improved Indoor Air Quality
Store-Bought Cleaning Chemicals Do Not Reverse Fire Damage to a Bar in Gilbert
Fire damage to a bar can prove devastating to the business if the damage is not dealt with swiftly. Even fires that leave minimal visual damage or smoke residues can still prove detrimental in the long run, as smoke odors typically cannot be masked through store-bought air fresheners and deodorizing tools.
Calling in a company like SERVPRO to handle fire and smoke damage cleanup and restoration in Gilbert ensures that the job is done quickly and your customers do not stop coming due to the presence of smoke odors.
We specialize in providing high-quality fire damage treatments for hospitality centers and gathering places across Gilbert. With specific cleaning and deodorizing agent mixtures designed to target individual types of smoke and fire damage, we can provide the most thorough odor elimination job possible. Our careful treatments with advanced cleaning chemicals, many specially formulated to SERVPRO specifications, are imperative to prevent additional damage to the building and eliminate the many different types of smoke residues that may still linger in your business.
SERVPRO of Gilbert provides high-quality specialist fire damage restoration treatments to help your business be rid of smoke odors as fast as possible. Contact us at (480) 558-7620 for our services or a quote.
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Do Not Drive Customers Away From Your Clothing Store in Gilbert Due to Water Damage
Water damage to your clothing store in Gilbert can be a cause for significant concern. Damages do not just go away once the water dries up, and in some cases, the drying process may cause even more problems for the business. Hiring a professional damage mitigation company like SERVPRO helps you avoid some of the issues associated with improper drying situations.
Many effects of water damage to a clothing store in Gilbert are visual and can be readily seen by customers in the store. Most people do not want to shop and spend money somewhere with wet or loose carpeting, blended or washed out colors, and potential signs of mold damage. The soft fabrics of clothes can be especially affected by excessive moisture and dampness.
We work fast to dry out the area with powerful air movers and dehumidifiers while ensuring that any damages are noted and restored once the area is dry. We also take steps to prevent mold growth, which can cause health effects and result in safety code violations if allowed to grow unchecked in your business.
SERVPRO of Gilbert provides expert damage mitigation and restoration services for businesses across the local area. Call us 24/7 at (480) 558-7620.
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Contact Our Crew When You Discover A Mold Infestation In Your San Tan Valley Business
SERVPRO of Gilbert is ready to plan effective mold remediation for your commercial space.
Reliable Mold Damage Remediation Services For Your San Tan Valley Business
San Tan Valley businesses might believe mold issues are rare in our arid climate. Although we only average 10 inches of rain a year, outdoor humidity is not the only cause of mold growth. Retailers, event centers, health clubs, schools, restaurants, or hotels, among other commercial properties, risk constant exposure to water incursions. Even a small leak or a spill left unabated can fuel the growth of mold colonies in as little as one day to 48 hours.
Commercial mold damage in San Tan Valley needs fast and expert remediation. Mold spores are everywhere. It is unrealistic for a restoration company to promise to get rid of mold spores. The spores alone are little trouble if moisture is controlled. If water is available, even in small amounts, a spore can grow and multiply into a significant colony. We help assess the source of the moisture and help arrange for that wetness to be eliminated. Then we remediate your mold damage using protocols developed for schools and commercial buildings by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
The SERVPRO remediation team arrives and inspects your site. Once the mold colonies are located, including hidden mold growth we seek hiding in, behind, and under building materials, we contain the area. Containment keeps the mold debris from drifting into unaffected areas. It also can permit you to continue business in the non-moldy spaces. We use heavy plastic sheeting and technology such as negative pressure air scrubbers that seal the area and vent contaminated air through HEPA filters to the outdoors.
Our technicians achieve removal via mechanical measures, using brushes and other tools to scrape mold from non-porous surfaces. Porous building materials such as insulation might be bagged with the mold and discarded, but other mold infiltrations into components like drywall and wood framing often respond well to soda blasting. The controlled abrasive action, along with the inhibiting effect of sodium bicarbonate on mold, removes the residues. SERVPRO technicians employ HEPA-filtered vacuums to suction up any residual moldy debris.
A final treatment with an EPA-registered disinfectant, wiped or sprayed, limits the possibility of rebound mold growth. SERVPRO employees wear personal protective gear throughout to limit tracking of mold spores into other areas of your business.
SERVPRO of Gilbert is ready to plan effective mold remediation for your commercial space. Call (480) 558-7620 for evaluation at your earliest suspicion that mold is active in your property.
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How To Expect The Unexpected In Your Gilbert Business
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Smart Business Move -- Prepare For The Possibility Of Commercial Water Damage In Gilbert
Whether your Gilbert business manages condo or townhouse complexes, is a retail outlet or restaurant, or provides other goods or services, damage from a water crisis can bring misery and financial ruin. Modern water mitigation techniques are up to the task of restoring the harm, but timing is everything. Consider working with us to develop a plan that anticipates the problems and puts in place solutions designed for your business’s particular situation.
Commercial water damage in Gilbert is costly in both money and reputation. A business that experiences water incursion must not only respond to the damage done to structures and contents, but also assure tenants, customers, and clients that the issue is only a setback, not an event that makes your services and products permanently unavailable. Preparing for our capable services should they be needed gives your business contacts the confidence that you will be back and ready to meet their needs swiftly.
SERVPRO offers a unique opportunity to our commercial customers through the implementation of our Emergency Ready Plan and Profile (ERP). One of our experienced project managers travels to your site or sites to evaluate your vulnerabilities if water damages should intrude. We also take pictures and make diagrams so that the spaces inside are familiar in the event we need to respond.
Expect recommendations that we intend to limit the consequences of water damage. Suggestions to adapt storage decisions, protect vital equipment, or make repairs or replacement to systems we note need maintenance go a long way to reduce the risk of water damage or make it less devastating if it occurs. SERVPRO codifies the assessment into an easily accessible digital document to which we can refer if necessary.
You have a chance to add pertinent details to the ERP through the use of our mobile app. A personalized Profile allows you to rank your priorities, share information about vendors and contractors who can assist SERVPRO technicians responding to the water crisis, and designate trusted employees or others who can direct the mitigation and restoration effort if you are unavailable. Using the ERP system also clarifies you determined to use our services to respond to the water damage.
SERVPRO of Gilbert awaits your call to start designing a unique Emergency Ready Plan for your business. Contact us at (480) 558-7620 to schedule an assessment with one of our seasoned managers.
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Commercial Water Loss
Technique of drilling holes into the wall to speed up drying time.
When water losses occur in commercial businesses the objective is to get the business up and running as soon as possible so as to avoid loss of income and production for that business. SERVPRO of Gilbert has the latest technology in cleaning and drying equipment as well as highly trained technicians to service commercial properties fast.
This photo is an example of how in select situations we are able to remove the vinyl molding at the base of the wall and drill several 1/2" holes every foot along the base of the wall. Air movers are then placed along the wall blowing drying air. This helps increase circulation within the wall and speeds up the drying process while avoiding cutting into the drywall. When the area is completely dry it is easy to repair the holes and replace the vinyl molding.
At SERVPRO of Gilbert we understand how a water or fire loss can cause chaos to a business. We are here to help.