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Getting You Back To Business
Our SERVPRO Team had to use commercial grade desiccants for this water loss.
There are many reasons why a commercial business needs to quickly return to its normal daily operations after a water or fire disaster. The reason that is the most prevalent on the minds of the company's stakeholders is simple: profitability. The longer a business remains idle due to an unexpected loss, the faster that losses from lost opportunity will mount. It is critical to respond quickly.
As small business owners, we understand that every hour you spend cleaning up after fire or water damage means lost revenue and productivity. Our goal is to clean and restore your structure and contents quickly and efficiently so you can get back to what your business and building does best.
SERVPRO of Northwest Columbus is a large-loss team that routinely mitigates water and fire damage losses in office complexes, medical buildings, high rise buildings, university buildings, large hotels and other commercial structures throughout the Columbus area. Whether you are in need of board-up services, commercial drying, or the mitigation of massive amounts of water from a factory floor, we have the knowledge, equipment and proven expertise to deliver fast, proven results for our commercial customers.
Don't hesitate to call SERVPRO of Northwest Columbus for your all of your unexpected commercial restoration needs. Our highly trained professionals are on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to respond to your next unexpected disaster. We are always Here To Help!
Preventing Mold Growth In Your Commercial Building
If you discover visible mold in your commercial building, give our SERVPRO of Northwest Columbus Team a call.
High humidity is a breeding ground for mold. The fungus feeds off moisture and can spread quickly. This often results in costly and complex black mold cleanup.
Those who manage commercial property in humid climates thus have to take additional steps to limit mold damage. Below are some tips for preventing the growth of mold in your Columbus commercial building.
Keep Water Out
If there is any kind of flood or water leak on the premises, dry or remove the wet items immediately. You should quickly address any standing water within the property, as well.
Similarly, you should take steps to prevent water from entering the property from the outside. That means cleaning the gutters regularly and fixing any cracks in the walls or roof.
Utilize an Air Conditioner
If your property is in a location with high humidity, it likely includes an air conditioning unit. You should set it to approximately 70 degrees Fahrenheit during the summer. Also, be sure to have the unit inspected regularly to ensure it is working properly. This will prevent the need for mold cleanup in the future.
The dehumidifier is a great way to lower the amount of moisture in the air. Ideally, the humidity level should be no higher than 50 percent.
Mold reproduces quickly in stale air. While an office building can get stuffy in a hurry, there are ways to improve the ventilation. Try opening some desk drawers or closet doors. You should also limit any clutter and keep furniture away from the walls.
Condensation is another common cause of mold growth in places with high humidity. You should thus install appropriate insulation in areas prone to this type of moisture.
Even if you follow the above steps, you could still encounter mold on your property. Mold remediation specialists can help fix the problem. They can also clean up any water damage and take steps to prevent the fungus from coming.
Don't Wait! Call Us Right Away To Prevent Secondary Damages
Your janitorial team is NOT equipped to handle water damage issues. Call our SERVPRO Team!
A flood can be a nightmare for a customer-facing business. Unfortunately, they are not easy to prevent due to the myriad of potential causes. A customer could leave a faucet on, an aging pipe could finally burst, or even extreme weather conditions could result in flooding. These all can cause temporary closure, and those that happen overnight can be particularly damaging. To limit the loss of revenue and be able to return your staff to work, you can use our professional restoration service.
The job of commercial water removal in commercial properties is usually one that goes beyond the scope of your janitorial team. SERVPRO has access to national resources and can train local technicians while providing them with the right equipment to work on larger job sites. We operate our emergency line twenty-four hours a day to help our commercial businesses in times of need.
A water issue in a property is not always a case of large quantities of standing water. Sometimes a leak can spread out across a large surface area. This excess water is then absorbed into floors or wall cavities, primarily if the problem occurs during the close of business hours. We can conduct mitigation tasks quickly to help to ensure that no lasting damages are sustained to your property.
One method of removing water from a property is through creating airflow. SERVPRO use rapid air movers in a variety of ways to start this process. These equipment work by blasting air out at the surface level which pushes moisture into the air. Working with an open system, the circulation can replace wet air with drier air from outside the property.
Air movers can also be adapted to create circulation in areas of the property that would usually be hard to access. By attaching shrouds to an air mover, SERVPRO can re-purpose them to send air currents through wall cavities or beneath floorboards. These steps can often be essential in mitigating against microbial growth.
The benefit of professional assistance it that it can help to guard against expensive secondary damages, contact our SERVPRO of Northwest Columbus team today!
Check Your Fire Sprinkler System
If you experience damage due to a malfunctioning sprinkler head, call SERVPRO of Northwest Columbus
Fires can happen without warning and can cause extensive damage to your commercial property. According to the National Fire Protection Association, property damage from fires totaled in about $12 million in 2012. Luckily we have fire sprinklers that are considered one of the most effective fire suppression systems available. When a building sprinkler system is activated by a fire, they are effective 96% of the time according to the NFPA. That's why it is very important for these systems to be in good condition and maintained regularly.
- Be sure to inspect all control valves to ensure that they are open, accessible, properly locked, and free from any leaks. Examine water and air pressure gauges to make sure they are showing normal ranges in good condition.
- Inspect the condition of sprinkler heads for paint, dust, or obstructions.
- Make sure there is an adequate clearance of at least 18 inches from the height of storage to the sprinkler head. This prevents anything from accidentally knocking into it.
- Have at least 6 spare heads that correspond to the type and temperature rate of the heads in use.
- Inspect all fire department connections to verify caps are in place and that no damage is present.
- Check low points on dry sprinkler systems to remove water to prevent freezing.
- Maintain adequate heat within a dry sprinkler control valve room to prevent freezing.
- Always report damage to any part of a sprinkler immediately.
Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned
Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned; A Higher Standard of 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.
Please contact our SERVPRO of Northwest Columbus office at 614-261-6666 to have your building Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned.
Does Your Building Have The Flu? SERVPRO Can Help!
Call our office today to have your building cleaned!
About Influenza (Flu)
Approximately 8% of the U.S. population contracts the flu each year. Influenza virus is a contagious respiratory sickness causing mild to severe symptoms. Those with the flu can spread it to others without direct contact. The flu virus spreads mainly by droplets made when people with the flu cough, sneeze or talk. Someone can also get flu by touching a surface or object that has the flu virus on it.
How SERVPRO Can Help Prevent The Spread Of Flu
Our SERVPRO team is here for you! We can treat your buildings for Influenza A, Rhinovirus, and many other harmful viruses. Our team uses a powerful, EPA botanical disinfectant that dries with no residue and is safe for use in the most delicate of applications like nursing homes and schools. Our staff would treat your building with a fogging process then go over heavy touched areas by hand.
Call our SERVPRO office today for more information!
Preparing Your Business For Winter
Call SERVPRO of Northwest Columbus if you experience winter damage in your commercial building.
As winter approaches, it is smart to start thinking about how to prepare your property for winter to minimize the potential for damage. Follow these tips below:
- Inspect and repair the roof. To prevent roof leaks, seal around vents and other protrusions.
- Remove all obstructions from gutters and downspouts, make sure they are properly secured.
- Drain and winterize exterior water lines to prevent pipes from freezing.
- Clear debris from drains and ensure that water is draining away from your property.
- Inspect trees and remove unsafe branches near the building and walkway.
- Inspect furnaces and check the filter.
- Prohibit or minimize the use of space heaters. Assure a safe location when operating.
- Inspect wood burning stoves and chimneys for safety use.
- Protect interior pipes from freezing.
- Leave faucets dripping during intense cold.
- Test all smoke, fire and carbon monoxide detectors.
Fire Protection Systems
- Protect all sprinkler pipes from freezing if they are exposed to temperatures below 40 degrees.
- Have antifreeze systems tested annually for adequate concentration.
- Ensure that the heat in the rise room is kept at least 40 degrees minimum.
- Ensure that the sprinkler system is routinely serviced and operational.
- Fire pump rooms must be kept at 40 degrees minimum.
- Have your generator ready for use.
Levels Of Commercial Damage
SERVPRO of Northwest Columbus is ready for any size disaster.
SERVPRO of Northwest Columbus are the leaders in the cleaning and restoration industry, especially when it comes to commercial buildings.
There are three levels of commercial damage that are considered:
Level 1 is considered 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 building.
Level 2 is a midsize commercial loss typically involving 15,000 to 60,000 square feet of affected floor space. The involved building or buildings 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 section 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 the loss, the property is further assessed, and our dedicated team is dispatched to get the job done quickly and efficiently. Returning your business to operation “Like it never even happened.”
Commercial Duct Cleaning
What's lurking in your air ducts?
Commercial property managers and facility managers have a lot on their plate, keeping their properties clean and orderly. The one task that should be top of mind is duct cleaning, especially if you notice buildup or tenants complaining about respiratory irritation. Typically, you should have your building's ducts cleaned every 3 to 5 years. Like a residential home, routine maintenance cleaning of your duct system will improve the air quality. Duct cleaning will also assist in the efficiency of your system and potentially prolong the life of the system itself.
Here at SERVPRO of Northwest Columbus we offer commercial duct cleaning. Our team of dedicated and trained individuals focus on quality and customer relationships when handling your commercial property.
If you're in need of duct cleaning for your commercial business, call SERVPRO of Northwest Columbus to schedule your commercial duct cleaning.
Causes Of Water Damage In Commercial Buildings
A flood in this commercial building was caused by a toilet overflow.
Flooding in commercial buildings can happen very quickly, especially if there is no one on site to access the problem. What starts out as a small water leak can instantly turn into something larger, and cause significantly more damage than expected. If your commercial property isn’t in pristine condition, there is a higher chance of water damage occurring. Here are some of the typical causes of water damage in a commercial building:
- Broken Pipes. It is very common for broken or cracked pipes to occur in commercial buildings, especially as they age. When a pipe bursts, water rushes out of them, spraying throughout the whole building. A busted pipe can cause damage to the walls, ceilings, flooring, and any other contents you have filling that space.
- Malfunctioning Sprinklers. It is a law that all commercial properties by equipped with an overhead sprinkler system. It works in conjunction with the fire alarm, and is activated when the fire alarm goes off. This causes water damage in two ways. First, if there is a fire in the building, the smoke will set off the fire alarms, activating the sprinklers causing water damage. And second, if the sprinkler system malfunctions and activates on its own, causing the water to cover the entire building.
- Backed Up Sewer Lines. Bathrooms are another common source of possible problems. Sewer lines can get backed up, releasing water into the building. This type of water damage is extremely dangerous because the water is filled hazardous waste and other contaminants.
- Damaged Appliances. Almost every office building has a kitchen or break room. Typically these rooms have a refrigerator or a dishwasher and when these appliances malfunction they can leak a significant amount of water, flooding entire room or more.
Causes Of Fire Damage In Commercial Buildings
Call SERVPRO of Northwest Columbus if you experience fire damage at your commercial property.
Fires in commercial buildings can happen very quickly, especially if there is no one on site to access the problem. What starts out as a small fire can instantly turn into something larger, and cause significantly more damage than expected. Commercial fires are more common than you think; by taking proper precautions you can help prevent damage to your property.
- Cooking Equipment. Restaurants come first to mind when you think of buildings with cooking equipment. In commercial kitchens there are high cooking temperatures, flammable oils and grease, and an overall hectic nature.
- 65% of fires are in healthcare facilities
- 61% in restaurants
- 38% in educational facilities
- 29% in office buildings
- 13% in stores and mercantile properties
- Heating Equipment. Depending on the climate your property is in, commercial buildings require heat to stay comfortable for several months out of the year. Furnaces, boilers, radiators, and other mechanical equipment can overheat leading to a fire.
- 14% of fires in industrial or manufacturing buildings
- 11% in office buildings
- 9% in restaurants
- 5% in healthcare facilities
- Electrical And Lighting Equipment. Most buildings have electrical wiring behind the wall for light and power. Electricity is a fire risk. A fire can ignite due to old or defective wiring, overloaded circuits, loose connections, faulty fuses, imbalanced electrical loads, and many other electrical or lightning problems.
- 12% of fires in office buildings
- 10% in stores and mercantile properties
- 9% in restaurants
- 5% in healthcare buildings
- Smoking Materials. If disposed of improperly, lighted cigarettes, cigars and other smoking materials can start a fire. A cigarette burning on the ground can easily catch the mulch on fire, and then slowly catching the building on fire.
- 9% of fires in office buildings
- 7% in restaurants
- 5% in healthcare facilities
Emergency Ready Profile On Your Building
Our team can help get your Emergency Ready Profile started to protect your building.
According to the latest industry research, as many as 50% of businesses may never recover following a disaster. Of the businesses that survive, the overwhelming majority of them had a preparedness plan in place. Pre-planning can serve as an insurance policy aimed at peace of mind.
Preparation is a key component for making it through any size disaster, whether it’s a small water leak, a large fire or an area flood. The best time for planning for such events is not when the event happens, but well before it happens. No one ever plans on a disaster, but you can plan for it.
By developing a SERVPRO Emergency Ready Profile for your business, you minimize business interruption by having an immediate plan of action. The Emergency Ready Profile is a start up approach that provides the critical information needed to begin mitigation and recovery services. It is designed to serve as a quick reference of important building and contact information.
Call SERVPRO of Northwest Columbus at 614-261-6666 to get started on your SERVPRO Emergency Ready Profile today!
Restoring Your Dublin Commercial Property After A Water Damage Event
Commercial Water Damage Events Present Unique Challenges
Flooding and water damage events at Dublin 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 NW Columbus
SERVPRO of NW Columbus 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.