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Is your small business ready for whatever happens?

2/13/2020 (Permalink)

Does your business have a plan for when disaster strikes?

Being prepared for an emergency is an essential part of a business operation plan, because when business is disrupted it can cause loss of revenue and additional unforeseen expenses. Among the consequences and aftermath of damaging disasters is the fact that many businesses have a hard time recovering from the loss of income. According to the Red Cross, 40 percent of small businesses suffer so greatly after a disaster that once they shut down, they never reopen.

SERVPRO offers an Emergency Ready Profile (ERP) free of charge to local businesses around the Florida area. SERVPRO ERPs offer several advantages to your business including:

  • A concise Profile Document of your business
    • This contains the critical information needed in the event of an emergency & saves time and money if ever needed
    • Only takes a little time to complete and doesn’t interfere with your business’s current projects
  • A description of your facility’s details (i.e., shut-off valve locations, priority areas, and important contact information
  • A comprehensive guide to get you back into your building ASAP following a disaster
    • This minimizes the amount of time your business is inactive since you’ll have an immediate plan of action
  • An established relationship with SERVPRO as your damage mitigation and restoration provider
    • We’re close by, ready to respond, and available 24/7
  • Identification of chain of command for work authorization within your company
    • This expedites the process of beginning damage mitigation and restoration for your company, reducing downtime and costs

SERVPRO ERPs allow your business to have a quick reference of what to do when an emergency happens and how to do it. Be assured that you’ve got a professional industry leader right nearby, who’s “Ready for whatever happens.”

Water damage and importance of timely water mitigation

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You depend on your business to keep money flowing in, and you depend on the building where it’s located to keep business going. When a pipe or supply line springs a leak, however, it can throw a kink into your week. The time it takes for you to arrange pipe burst cleanup can make the difference between a simple cleanup or more extensive water damage.

The First Few Minutes

Water damage can be caused by a variety of events:

• Pipes breaking
• Supply line leaking
• Toilet overflowing
• Adverse weather flooding
• Foundation cracking

Even if all you need is pipe burst cleanup or supply line repair, the first few minutes of water cleanup are crucial. Turning off the source stops more water from making the problem worse. 

The First Few Hours

The longer water sits, the more potential havoc it wreaks. Walls can start to disintegrate, and items made of pressed wood can start to swell and warp if they are exposed to too much humidity. Water from burst pipes and supply lines can still damage the furniture, floors and supplies in your workplace. Call SERVPRO of Greater Carrollwood / Citrus Park (813) 694-9085

The First Few Days

 Water damage that persists can interrupt your business, having a negative effect on your bottom line. It can also become a breeding ground for mold and bacteria growth. 

To limit the extent of water damage to your business, SERVPRO of Greater Carrollwood / Citrus Park needs to begin pipe burst cleanup as soon as possible. By acting quickly, you may be able to turn a potentially massive setback into an easy fix. For more information about commercial restoration, call now (813)694-9085

Emergency Ready Profile: When "What If" become "What Now?"

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Being a property manager or landlord is not always an 8 to 5 job. Mishaps and problems do not care if you are on vacation or if you are out of the office; they can arise 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. The key to being prepared before disaster strikes and dealing with these unforeseen circumstances is to implement our Emergency Ready Profile.

 As many 50% of businesses have to close down following a disaster. Majority of businesses that survive a disaster had a preparedness plan in place beforehand. Pre-planning can serve as an insurance policy aimed at peace of mind. SERVPRO’s Emergency READY Profile not only helps your business in having a plan in place but also assists to keep you and your staff members informed on exactly how to handle fire and water damage.

  To learn more about SERVPRO’s Emergency READY Profile you can visit http://ready.SERVPRO.com or call SERVPRO of Greater Carrollwood / Citrus Park at (813) 694-9085.

Common Water Issues For Businesses

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For a commercial property owner in Tampa unexpected water problems can be a big issue. Fortunately, a water damage professional can help you assess, clean, and repair damages from any flooding or leaks you may have. Here are a few of the most common water problems a business may face from leaking pipes to foundation cracks.

1. Pipe Breaks

A pipe break can occur in a number of ways. Over time, the pipe can age and loosen in its fittings, or extensive use can lead to pinhole leaks. Extreme heat or cold can also affect a pipe’s integrity. A blocked pipe can lead to pressure buildup and eventually burst.

2. Plumbing Backup

Blocked plumbing can even lead to a toilet backup or sink overflow. When a pipe is blocked, water can take the shortest path out regardless of its intended flow path. Blockages can occur from a number of things, including the buildup of water minerals over time inside a pipe or someone pouring a solidifying material, such as plaster or grease, down a drain.

3. Weather

Extreme weather conditions can also lead to leaking pipes. Cold temperatures can cause the water in pipes to freeze and expand. The expansion puts pressure on the pipe and can create a crack or even cause it to burst altogether. If you know cold weather is coming, you can check with a local professional about what preventive measures to take.

4. Foundation Cracks

Foundation cracks can also become a problem leading to water damage. Water can seep through any cracks and pool, leading to further issues such as mold. Any cracks should be investigated and assessed as soon as possible to determine the best course of action.

Water damage can happen to a commercial property. Fortunately, a professional can fix the damage caused by leaking pipes, foundation cracks, backed up toilet, or weather, and help you repair your property.

Commercial mold removal

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A recent call from a restaurateur to check out an old restaurant he purchased in hopes of giving it a new life resulted in quite a large mold job for SERVPRO of Greater Carrollwood / Citrus Park. Upon entering this abandoned space, it became clear immediately this was a mold remediation job for the experts! So we went to work! With mold covering the walls, the bar area, baseboards and crown “mold”ing (pun intended), our crew had to suit up with PPE including respirators and Tyvec suits to be sure they were protected! Mold remediation is a very tedious job for a home but when it is a commercial property like a restaurant, it is even more so.  Containment must be set up so as to not contaminated unaffected areas. All items with mold exposure had to be disposed of properly. And then at the end of the demo and clean up, an industrial hygienist was brought in to ensure that the commercial property checked out!

Mold remediation in a commercial property is a tedious yet rewarding job, especially when we get to see a building be brought back to life!

Sprinkler Water Damage

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A fire in a commercial business or a property managed real estate complex can be devastating, but when you add in the additional damages from the sprinkler systems kicking on, the commercial damages are enormous. Businesses and apartment complexes cannot afford to close for a day; it affects the lives of many different individuals. SERVPRO ofGreater Carrollwood / Citrus Park  offers 24/7 commercial damage services to get commercial businesses back on their feet in as little time as possible.

Using SERVPRO of Greater Carrollwood / Citrus Park commercial services is like a one stop shop. Continuing with the example, if a fire burns through a commercial business and the sprinkler system turns on, there are going to be both fire and water damages. SERVPRO’s commercial services are an umbrella term that extends our normal services into a commercial setting. SERVPRO is able to simultaneously treat fire and water damages. Our commercial services reduce the cost that businesses pay because they do not need to look for multiple companies. The other additional benefit to SERVPRO is that they are essentially a liaison between insurance companies and clients.

Unfortunately, disasters are not preventable, but companies like SERVPRO are there to make it “Like it never even happened,” with their residential and commercial services. For questions regarding SERVPRO of Greater Carrollwood / Citrus Park commercial services, contact the office at (813) 694-9085, visit the website, or message them on Facebook!