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Deodorization is KEY For Your Business
Even a small fire can cause odors for years to come if the affected areas are not properly cleaned and deodorized. Fire, smoke and soot damage can create unpleasant and potentially permanent problems for your business for a VERY LONG TIME. As various materials burn, the smoke produced travels throughout the structure, leaving odorous residues and deposits on surfaces and in hard-to-reach places. Unless fast, professional action is taken, these residues and deposits can cause permanent damage to contents and may result in resurfacing odors. With technicians certified by the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration (IICRC), SERVPRO® Franchise Professionals provide specialized services that can rid your home or business of offensive odors left by fire or smoke damage. SERVPRO® Franchise Professionals do not cover up lingering odors with a fragrance; they seek out and remove the sources of the odor. If you or a customer suffer a fire damage or some other accident and require deodorization services, contact SERVPRO of Lincoln and Warren Counties. Whether it’s fire, water, or mold damage, or just a stubborn odor that refuses to go away, we’ll help make it “Like it never even happened.”
What Is Your Businesses Air Quality?
The ventilation system is often the biggest culprit in poor indoor air quality, but you can help change that! Inspecting the duct-work in your home should be a high priority. In most cases, the HVAC system has been operating for some time without much attention. Dirty ducts can circulate odors, contaminants such as mold, and irritating dust throughout your business. A routine part of your local SERVPRO service is inspecting the heating, ventilation, and air conditioning unit (HVAC). Keeping the HVAC and ductwork clean can potentially extend the life-span of the equipment by allowing it to operate at peak condition, which may help save you money. Duct cleaning may not always be necessary. SERVPRO Professionals will inspect your HVAC system and duct-work and make recommendations about the best way to address any indoor air quality concerns. This inspection can help save you money and provide peace of mind on the health of your HVAC system and duct-work. In some circumstances, such as after a fire, smoke, or suspected mold growth, duct cleaning becomes an essential part of the cleanup process. In these cases, your SERVPRO professional can often restore the HVAC system and duct-work to pre-damage condition. If you have a fuel-burning furnace, stove, or fireplace, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recommends they be inspected for proper functioning and be serviced before each heating season to protect against carbon monoxide poisoning. The SERVPRO® Duct Cleaning System is proven and cost-efficient. Unlike the majority of duct cleaning services, your SERVPRO® Franchise Professional uses a portable ventilation and air duct cleaning system to examine ductwork and make a clean sweep, removing years of dust and grime. n The process begins by using patented equipment, including a roto-scraper, which automatically adapts to the duct’s shape and diameter while traveling through the duct, removing debris and filth before vacuuming begins. n Next, a powerful push-pull air delivery and collection system transfers the debris from the ducting to a 16-gallon container. Air is filtered through a HEPA filtration system, removing 99.97 percent of the particles in the airstream. HEPA filters capture debris and keep the indoor environment clean. n As an optional process, a sealant or coating product may be sprayed to address odor or microbial concerns. n Filters will either be cleaned or replaced to remove odor and dirt. For more information on duct cleaning or to schedule an appointment, contact your SERVPRO of Lincoln and Warren Counties
Are Your Employees Ready For A Disaster?
When you started your business did you imagine yourself being present 24/7? Most business owners do not have the ability nor is it practical to think you can be completely involved in your business every minute of every day. We hire employees we hope to trust and try to make sure they represent the ultimate goal of what your business is trying to achieve. However is it possible we might overlook the basic things employees should know? Do your workers know how to shut off the water or the electric? Would they know who to call in case you were out of town or unavailable during a disaster? It is important to discuss a plan with your employees in the case of a water or fire event. These events could be anything from something breaking within your building or an outside force such as a storm or heavy winds. When I was a a high school student working in a local restaurant our owner was out of town. There was a storm in which the roof had blown off causing it to look like it was raining in our restaurant!If we had an ERP, an Emergency Ready Profile from our local SERVPRO we would have been prepared for the situation. In an ERP you will learn all the shut off valves within your building as well as having a compiled list of emergency contacts.
You Can Be Ruined Or You Can Be Ready!
Technology can now be a vital tool in preparing for emergencies or disasters, as well as during or after to stay informed of the situation and in communication with others. From common technology you already use on a day-to-day basis to taking a few extra steps to prepare your business.
Store Information Online:
- There are many places to store important information securely online. Services like Google Drive and Dropbox offer free ways to store different types of files, from a word document to images of important documents. Ready.gov suggests saving electronic version of insurance policies, identification documents, medical records, and information on your pets, if necessary.
- Make sure your contact information is up-to-date in your phone and email for communication with family, friends business contacts, and others whom you may need to contact with before , during or after a disaster.
You don’t have time to worry about the common wear and tear that gradually soils your office. When grime, odor and moisture challenges go beyond the scope of your regular janitorial staff, call in SERVPRO of Lincoln and Warren Counties. Whether it’s removing an odor problem or deep cleaning flooring or carpets, you can rely on SERVPRO to make your work space look its very best. SERVPRO will get the job done right and get it done quickly!
SERVPRO of Lincoln and Warren Counties offer cleaning services ranging from cleaning restaurant hoods to removing bio-hazard contaminants. They have the specialized training and products to get your property back to business. Their cleaning services include the following: Commercial Cleaning, Air Ducts and HVAC, Biohazard, Carpet and Upholstery, Ceilings, Floors, and Walls, Drapes and Blinds, Odor Removal, Sewage, Trauma and Crime Scene, Vandalism
Your Business vs. Ice Dams
It is often hard to know what kind of weather Missouri will bring during the winter months. Our winter of 2017-18 has brought us more snow already than in the entire winter of 2016-17. Having these previous "off-years" can make business owners unprepared and forgetful of how harsh mid-western winters can become. We remember to start our company vehicles a little earlier and salt our sidewalks. We prepare for employees to have to stay home more during snow days with their children. But what are the things we can't see that could put your business in jeopardy? Things such as Ice Dams can be a little known, but major problem during the snowy season. They form when heated air melts roof snow downward into water dammed behind still frozen ice. When the trapped water cannot safely flow or run into the gutter system, it can back flow under the roof's shingles and into the business's interior areas, as well as causing gutter and shingles to move or fall. Icicles can be an initial sign of an ice dam, according to Travelers.com. To spot ice dams inside "check for water stains or moisture in your attic or along the ceiling of exterior walls of your building. Water stains or moisture may be an indication that an ice dam has formed and water has penetrated the roof membrane.
Hurricane Season 2017
The great thing about SERVPRO is that just people yopu don't live in an area that doesn't always get affected by certain weather events, does not mean that your local SERVPRO franchise is not helping with the aftermath of such disasters.
Hurricane season is currently underway. For the Atlantic, the season begins June 1st and runs through November 30th. Hurricanes can be life-threatening as well as cause serious property-threatening hazards such as flooding, storm surge, high winds and tornadoes. While the primary threat is in coastal areas, many inland areas can also be affected by these hazards, as well as by secondary events such as power outages as a result of high winds and landslides due to rainfall. Preparation is the best protection against the dangers of a hurricane. plan an evacuation route and your emergency plan, take inventory of your property, and take steps to protect your home or business.
Carbon Monoxide: Is Your Home or Business Safe?
You cannot see or smell carbon monoxide, but a high levels, it can kill a person in minutes. Often called the silent killer, carbon monoxide, or CO, is an invisible, odorless, colorless gas, created when fuels like gasoline, wood, coal, natural gas and propane burn incompletely. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), each year more than 400 Americans die from unintentional CO poisoning. it is estimated another 20,0000 visit the emergency room. and more than 4,000 are hospitalized due to CO poisoning. All people and animals are at risk for CO poisoning, with some groups--including unborn babies, infants and people with chronic heart disease, anemia, or respiratory problems--being more susceptible to the effects of carbon monoxide. All excess of CO, leading to CO poisoning, can result from faulty furnaces or other heating appliances, portable generators, water heaters, clothes dryers, or idling cars left running in garages. Taking some basic precautionary steps can help eliminate the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning in your home or business.
Call The Cleanup Team That Is Faster To Any Size Disaster
The first 48 hours after a disaster to your business can make the difference between restoring versus replacing damaged property and personal belongings. Rapid response and timely mitigation can help prevent large larges from creating long term problems. SERVPRO professionals understand returning your business to normal is a primary concern. Our Response Teams are trained in caring for both you and your property. By responding quickly with a full line of cleanup and restoration services, SERVPRO professionals can help you get your business back up and running quickly and help protect your property and belongings.
If your home or business suffers a disaster, contact us today to make it "Like it never even happened." When a fire or water damage takes control of your life, SERVPRO will help you take it back.
"Cents" of Smell
Create an Impact
You only have on chance to make a first impression with your customers. Using safe and biodegradable products, SERVPOR can create a fresh, clean and long lasting impression.
Ways to Impress Your Customers:
- Clean dirty and stained ceilings
- scrub lobby, furniture and draperies.
- Establish maintenance plan for furnishings, carpets and draperies.
- Clean HVAC and air duct systems.
Clean Sweep for Ducts:
Improve the Air Quality of Your Business
When Addressing the air quality, inspecting the duct-work is SERVPRO's first order of business. Dirty Ducts can work to circulate odors and contaminant like mold and irritating dust throughout the building.
SERVPRO uses proven Portable Ventilation and Air Duct Cleaning System to examine duct-work and make a clean sweep removing years of dust and grime.
THE SERVPRO DIFFERENCE
- Reduce potential for mold growth
- Remediate bacteria, fungi and mold
- Restore peak energy efficiency.
- Eliminate offensive odors.
- Free written inspections and estimates.
Attention Businesses: Having A Hard Time Keeping Up With Carpets?
WE KNOW STAINS!
Since 1967 SERVPRO Franchise Professionals have been handling stains and soils of all tupes from residential homes to commericial facilities. Using IICRC (Institution of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification) standards for carpet care as a guide, a SERVPRO of Lincoln and Warren Counties Professional will walk with you through your business and guide you in the best decisions to care for your carpet. It is extremely important to remember that when it comes to your business, first impressions are important to clients, customers and consumers. Having a clean office or facility is the quickest and easiest way to make a lasting impression.
We will take time to:
- Show you what carpet cleaning options would be best for your carpets level of soiling.
- Give you an estimate of time and cost of the carpet cleaning.
- Explain the benefits of soil protection.
- Explain the advantages of a clean carpet for good indoor air quality.
- Explain how you can help prolong your carpets appearance with frequent vacuuming.
For answers about carpet cleaning and care, contact SERVPRO of Lincoln and Warren Counties at 636-456-3422
2017 Resolution: Plan Ahead!
With each new year, may people resolve to better themselves or so me part of their life. This year, make a resolution to be READY. No one ever plans on a disaster, but you can prepare for it. The SERVPRO Emergency Ready Profile, ERP will ensure you are 'Ready for Whatever Happens" in 2017.
In the event of an emergency the ERP can help minimize business interruption by having an immediate plan of action in place for your facility. The ERP is a comprehensive document containing critical information about your business, including emergency contacts, shut off valve locations and priority areas. The ERP also establishes SERVPRO of Lincoln and Warren Counties as your disaster mitigation and restoration provider, giving you access to over 45 years experience and a System more than 1700 Franchises strong. The ERP is a no-cost assessment; and all it requires is a little time, making it a great value that could save you time and money in the future. By downloading the SERVPRO READY App, this information is stored electronically and can be accessed using your mobile device putting help at your fingertips.
Preparation is the key to making it through any size disaster, whether it is a small water leak, a large fire or an area flood. Having a plan in place may help minimize the amount of time your business is inactive and get your back in the building following a disaster. Don't wait until disaster strikes-Resolve to be READY. Call SERVPRO of Lincoln and Warren Counties to establish your Emergency READY Profile, and be "Ready for whatever happens" in 2017.
Advantages of the SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile:
-A no-cost assessment of your facility
-A concise profile document containing only the critical information needed in the event of an emergency
-A guide to help you get back into your building following a disaster
-Established your local SERVPRO Franchise Professional as your disaster mitigation and restoration provider
-Identification of the line of command for authorizing work to begin
-Provides facility details such as shut-off valve locations, priority areas and priority contact information.