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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.