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Would your business be prepared in the event of a disaster?

11/5/2018 (Permalink)

Would your business be prepared in the event of a disaster?

What would you do if your business suffered: Water Damage, Fire Damage, Smoke Damage, Mold, or a Bio-Hazard contamination? Do you have a plan in place? SERPVRO® offers at no charge a business "Ready Plan" app for your phone that will walk you through a preparedness  plan that could save your business $1,000's. 

As many as 50% of businesses close down following a disaster, according to the latest research. Of the businesses that survive, the overwhelming majority of them had a preparedness plan in place. In general, the faster the response time to a disaster, the less secondary damage can occur. SERVPRO is "faster to any disaster" and works with you and your employees every step of the way.

The SERVPRO Ready Plan app will guide you through a: Water Damage event, Fire Damage event, Mold, Bio-Hazard contamination, and more.  Pre-planning and having this app on the ready can help to give you tremendous peace of mind.

By developing a SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile for your business, you minimize business interruption by having an immediate plan of action. Knowing what to do and what to expect in advance is the key to timely mitigation and can help minimize how water and fire damage can affect your business.

What is the SERVPRO® Ready Plan Tool

8/15/2018 (Permalink)

What is the SERVPRO® Ready Plan Tool

The SERVPRO® Ready Plan is a tool for property managers and owners, both residential and commercial. It allows for the creation of an Emergency READY Profile. By developing a SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile for your home or business, you minimize business interruption by having an immediate plan of action. Knowing what to do and what to expect in advance is the key to timely mitigation and can help minimize how water and fire damage can affect your home or business.

SERVPRO® Franchise Professionals have restoration experts available 24 hours a day to get your business back up and running. Our expertise includes restoration services for fire and water damage, including electronics restoration and document drying. We are also your business’s best resource for mold mitigation and removal. Our Large Loss Division has the expertise to manage the cost and operations of large commercial disaster recovery projects.

10 Tips to Consider- Eliminate Mold from Commercial Places

7/21/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial 10 Tips to Consider- Eliminate Mold from Commercial Places SERVPRO of Upper Cape Cod & the Island has professionals that are available 24/7. They preform mold remediation among other commercial services.

10 Tips for Mold Removal at Commercial Places

Closed, damp spaces with a lack of ventilation are susceptible to mold growth. It is often looked at as icky black stuff growing in all the wrong places on your property. You can keep things in check by providing proper airflow, and keeping the area dry. It doesn't matter if the property is residential or commercial. Both can be plagued with mold.

To maintain your health and business reputation  you need to remove mold as soon as possible. Otherwise, it will get worse. Of course, getting rid of mold is not how anyone wants to spend their day.  Fortunately, you won't have to, with the help of  SERVPRO of Upper Cape Cod and the Islands. Their technicians offer mold restoration cape cod through capable hands.

Mold is a nuisance especially in commercial places. It must be  eliminated completely, for legal health purposes and also aesthetic appeal. Following are some tips that will help you avoid mold growth on your property:

Fix Plumbing Issues

Mold is commonly found in kitchens and bathrooms near pipes and faucets. Leaking water makes the area wet or humid. The moisture develops a proper breeding ground for mold. Fixing the pipes can prevent mold from spreading and becoming a serious problem.

Check Property For Leaks

Mold also frequently grows on walls or ceilings. This is often a tell tale sign of unnoticed water damages. At this point you should check the area for possible leaks. Locate any cracks in ceilings, vents, windows, walls or the roof. Once the mold is gone, fix the leak to prevent it from reappearing.

Inspect Air Ducts

If mold starts to form around air vents, then damp duct work is probably the reason behind this. When you run the air conditioner on hot days, condensation is likely to build up. This is the perfect dark and damp environment that leads to mold spores. It also is  a sign that the insulation in your air vents are no longer effective, if present at all. This can be particular difficult place to clean mold.  For effective removal hire the SERVPRO crew.

Thorough Inspection

If you are seeing early mold growth on any part of the premises, it is time to conduct a thorough inspection. By doing this, you can locate the source of the problem and identify what other issues the mold may be a sign of. Furthermore, you can discover places in need of  better airflow.

Antimicrobial Spray and Mildewcide Paint

After removing mold, apply antimicrobial spray as a preventative measure. It also gets rid of the musty smell that tends to emanate from mold and mildew. After treating the area with antimicrobial spray, paint the wall with mildew-resistant primer. This will keep the issue at bay.

Remove Bathtub Mold

Mold around a bathtub or shower can be removed as easily as it grows. Scrub the affected area using bleach or antimicrobial spray. Check to see if you need to seal the grouts, as water penetration can lead to mold and other problems.

Fix Insulation

When there are gaps in insulation, warm air meets cold surfaces, forming condensation. This condition maximizes the chances of mold growth. This happens often near floors, windows, at corners and around lights. Pay attention when cleaning and inspecting to neutralize the risk.

Go for Mold-Resistant Buildings Material

Planning remodel or replace after mold removal? Lower your chances of future issues by using mold resistant materials.

Do consider the above-mentioned tips for removing mold. Furthermore, pay attention to the potential large scale problems that cause mold. For help, contact professionals of SERVPRO of Upper Cape Cod and the Island by calling us at (508) 888-5985.

6 Effective Ways to Tackle Commercial Cleaning

5/25/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial 6 Effective Ways to Tackle Commercial Cleaning SERVPRO of Upper Cape Cod & the Islands is a leading name in mold, fire, smoke, water & storm damage for residential & commercial properties.

6 Benefits of Utilizing Commercial Cleaning for Your Business

A cleaner environment is a prerequisite to a harmonious and positive brand image. Commercial cleaning services are offered by a number of companies within Cape Cod, MA. A different number of services are also provided under the banner of commercial cleaning. Today we will be discussing the benefits of getting a proper commercial cleaning service for your business as this procedure helps you to establish a remarkable business identity. Always hire professional companies such as SERVPRO of Upper Cape Cod and the Islands to get your commercial property a thorough cleaning.

Some of the benefits related to professional commercial cleaning are enlisted below:

Positive Professional Appearance

To garner more positive response from your business or even to have a tidy look, professional cleaning is required to achieve such a target. Compare two scenarios; in one, you are walking into a commercial property that has stained carpet, dusty desk, and trash overflowing, and on the other hand, a business premises that has a clean look, smells fresh, and all things are arranged well. Definitely, you will prefer the second one, but to achieve this, commercial cleaning may be necessary. When it is overlooked, different particles or things might get stuck into the water supply of your property leading to water damage. To avoid this problem, get water damage restoration from professional and experienced restoration workers of SERVPRO of Upper Cape Cod and the Islands.

Increased Productivity

Employees are the working hands in an organization or at a commercial place. A clean and fresh workplace makes the employees happy. It provides them a good working environment. A healthy company culture is important to achieve such a successful status. For good health, cleanliness plays a vital role. Dust-free places, clean air ducts and surroundings will free you and your business workers from allergies. It will also boost your business efforts and attract more customers towards you.

Reduced Disease Spread

We all are familiar with the proverb “an apple a day keeps the doctor away”. Similarly, a purified environment ensured by proper cleaning is essential to reduce any and all health risks. If you are able to provide a safe working environment free from virus, bacteria, and allergens, then your employees will stay healthy and work more happily. A deep cleaning of the entire workplace may be required in order to ward off the spread of disease. It ultimately results in less sick leaves. In some cases, such as commercial kitchens, it is required by law to have the Board of Health inspect and pass your facility to serve the public food. If there are issues that the agent finds are unhealthy they can shut your business down until they are addressed and we can help reduce that down time with our commercial services.

More Storage Spaces

A messy and unarranged place can add to your problems. To avoid this troublesome situation, you need to keep the place clean and tidy. Remove all unwanted material and try to properly arrange and organize everything while cleaning your workplace. This practice will assist you to free up additional storage space for things that are needed most.

Problem Identification  

Cleaning process allows you to inspect the area in great detail. Most of the time, many places that are overlooked give rise to mold. The reason behind this growth may be moisture due to lack of ventilation or water leakage. It is recommended to get better cleanup to avoid mold growth anywhere on your commercial property. Get mold removal from SERVPRO of Upper Cape Cod and the Islands where factory-trained and skilled professionals offered to make your property mold-free.

Extensive Cleaning  

One of the great benefits that we get in commercial cleaning is a thorough cleanup of all the things. Commercial places, be it restaurants, public areas, offices, etc., all consist of many things that need to be cleaned to polish out a proper appearance of your place. Things that should be considered when planning a cleaning round are enlisted below:

  • Carpet and area rug cleaning
  • Drapery and blind cleaning
  • Tile and grout cleaning and restoration
  • Air duct cleaning
  • Upholstery cleaning
  • Floor cleaning and care
  • Walls and windows cleaning

Looking to get hands-on efficient cleaning services that can help you to maintain a clean look at your commercial property? Call SERVPRO of Upper Cape Cod and the Islands to get your cleaning procedure done in minimal time.

For more information regarding commercial cleaning services, give us a call at (508) 888-5985.

6 Effective Ways to Tackle Commercial Cleaning

5/11/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial 6 Effective Ways to Tackle Commercial Cleaning SERVPRO of Upper Cape Cod & the Islands is a leading name in mold, fire, smoke, water & storm damage for residential & commercial properties.

6 Benefits of Utilizing Commercial Cleaning for Your Business

A cleaner environment is a prerequisite to a harmonious and positive brand image. Commercial cleaning services are offered by a number of companies within Cape Cod, MA. A different number of services are also provided under the banner of commercial cleaning. Today we will be discussing the benefits of getting a proper commercial cleaning service for your business as this procedure helps you to establish a remarkable business identity. Always hire professional companies such as SERVPRO of Upper Cape Cod and the Islands to get your commercial property a thorough cleaning.

Some of the benefits related to professional commercial cleaning are enlisted below:

Positive Professional Appearance

To garner more positive response from your business or even to have a tidy look, professional cleaning is required to achieve such a target. Compare two scenarios; in one, you are walking into a commercial property that has stained carpet, dusty desk, and trash overflowing, and on the other hand, a business premises that has a clean look, smells fresh, and all things are arranged well. Definitely, you will prefer the second one, but to achieve this, commercial cleaning may be necessary. When it is overlooked, different particles or things might get stuck into the water supply of your property leading to water damage. To avoid this problem, get water damage restoration from professional and experienced restoration workers of SERVPRO of Upper Cape Cod and the Islands.

Increased Productivity

Employees are the working hands in an organization or at a commercial place. A clean and fresh workplace makes the employees happy. It provides them a good working environment. A healthy company culture is important to achieve such a successful status. For good health, cleanliness plays a vital role. Dust-free places, clean air ducts and surroundings will free you and your business workers from allergies. It will also boost your business efforts and attract more customers towards you.

Reduced Disease Spread

We all are familiar with the proverb “an apple a day keeps the doctor away”. Similarly, a purified environment ensured by proper cleaning is essential to reduce any and all health risks. If you are able to provide a safe working environment free from virus, bacteria, and allergens, then your employees will stay healthy and work more happily. A deep cleaning of the entire workplace may be required in order to ward off the spread of disease. It ultimately results in less sick leaves. In some cases, such as commercial kitchens, it is required by law to have the Board of Health inspect and pass your facility to serve the public food. If there are issues that the agent finds are unhealthy they can shut your business down until they are addressed and we can help reduce that down time with our commercial services.

More Storage Spaces

A messy and unarranged place can add to your problems. To avoid this troublesome situation, you need to keep the place clean and tidy. Remove all unwanted material and try to properly arrange and organize everything while cleaning your workplace. This practice will assist you to free up additional storage space for things that are needed most.

Problem Identification  

Cleaning process allows you to inspect the area in great detail. Most of the time, many places that are overlooked give rise to mold. The reason behind this growth may be moisture due to lack of ventilation or water leakage. It is recommended to get better cleanup to avoid mold growth anywhere on your commercial property. Get mold removal from SERVPRO of Upper Cape Cod and the Islands where factory-trained and skilled professionals offered to make your property mold-free.

Extensive Cleaning  

One of the great benefits that we get in commercial cleaning is a thorough cleanup of all the things. Commercial places, be it restaurants, public areas, offices, etc., all consist of many things that need to be cleaned to polish out a proper appearance of your place. Things that should be considered when planning a cleaning round are enlisted below:

  • Carpet and area rug cleaning
  • Drapery and blind cleaning
  • Tile and grout cleaning and restoration
  • Air duct cleaning
  • Upholstery cleaning
  • Floor cleaning and care
  • Walls and windows cleaning

Looking to get hands-on efficient cleaning services that can help you to maintain a clean look at your commercial property? Call SERVPRO of Upper Cape Cod and the Islands to get your cleaning procedure done in minimal time.

For more information regarding commercial cleaning services, give us a call at (508) 888-5985.

Effective Ways To Overcome Commercial Cleanup and Restoration

4/23/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Effective Ways To Overcome Commercial Cleanup and Restoration SERVPRO of Upper Cape Cod & The Islands is a leading name in commercial cleanup and restoration on Cape Cod and the Islands.

What to Look for in Effective Commercial Restoration Services

Every business owner is very much concerned about the reputation of their business. They want everything to be perfect in order to attract the targeted customers and boast a good business image. Mold growth, fire damage, water damage, sewage problems, etc. are some of the common issues faced by every business owner once in a while. When faced with such a challenge, we need to look for practical and effective solutions. We recommend that you pick the best restoration company to get this task done efficiently and get your business back on track. SERVPRO of Upper Cape Cod and the Islands has many clients from the food industry who we have helped when needed. Due to fire and water damage, our efforts were needed recently to help a local restaurant restore their kitchen area and get them back in business within 36 hours which is a true testimony to our dedication to providing the best restoration services on the Cape and Islands.

The following is an overview of how we handle commercial cleanup and restoration for any and all types of businesses:

Water Damage Restoration

First, we will discuss water damage restoration. It is one of the most common problems faced by any business owner, especially in the food sector; restaurants, cafes, bakeries, etc. Water damage can be due to leakage or blockage of different content within the water pipelines. The steps included in water damage restoration procedure include:

  • Inspection

Firstly, inspection is done by experienced and skilled technicians of SERVPRO of Upper Cape Cod and the Islands. Water damage may have adversely affected walls, rooms, carpets, hardwood, ceiling and other parts of the commercial setting. Hence, after proper identification, a further step will be taken to remediate the issue.

  • Water Removal

Then comes devising a plan for water removal. For this purpose, water vacuums or water pumps are used to drain out the specific areas.

  • Drying

Once the water has been removed, the drying process comes in to eliminate any and all moisture content in the commercial building. If left unchecked, it can lead to mold growth.

  • Cleaning

Then we have proper cleaning and sanitization of all belongings, furniture, walls, ceilings, spaces, surfaces, etc.

  • Restoration

Last, we have the restoration on the list which involves replacement of materials such as drywall or insulation to restore things back to normal.

Sewage Cleanup

Sewage can be a very critical problem in commercial places with frequent visitors. It can be due to leakage/blockage in the pipeline or backflow. It needs to be handled properly to resolve sanitation issues as a clean, fresh and healthy environment is necessary for a business to thrive. The following are the steps taken by sewage cleanup services:

  • Removing sewage water and contaminants in an appropriate manner
  • Removing contaminated content and sanitizing the area
  • Ventilating the areas to dry them out properly
  • Performing repair and restoration work
  • Restoring the place back to normal and performing mold mitigation, if necessary

Mold Remediation

Mold is a common and often overlooked issue as it grows in places that have less airflow, high moisture, and more water content. To get mold remediation services, hire a professional team who uses the latest technique and removal procedures to restore your property to ‘like it never even happened’. Proper inspection and identification of spaces such as bathrooms, cupboards, ceilings, and wall cavities should be tackled first. Ensuring proper ventilation is the key to getting rid of mold at your business or commercial premises.

Fire Restoration

Within a matter of minutes, fire can become the cause of death and large-scale property damage. It can be triggered due to electrical failure, a malfunction in kitchen appliances, etc. After such an unfortunate event, get the help of professionals from an experienced and skilled restoration company to handle the situation carefully. The key functions performed in fire damage restoration are proper inspection, cooling, removal of damaged belongings, and restoring the place back to normal.

Looking to get efficient restoration services with productive results to maintain the look, repute, and profits of your business? Call SERVPRO of Upper Cape Cod and the Islands for sewage cleanup, water damage restoration, fire damage restoration and mold restoration. Our work is completed in minimal time while ensuring high-quality service.

For more information on commercial restoration services, feel free to call us at (508) 888-5985.

5 Key Points to Consider for Commercial Cleaning

11/10/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial 5 Key Points to Consider for Commercial Cleaning SERVPRO of Upper Cape Cod and the Islands offers commercial cleaning services; HVAC duct, carpet, floor, kitchen cleaning and mold remediation.

Whether your Cape Cod business is a for-profit or a non-profit a polished image is the best image to have.

Many offices and commercial buildings have a regular cleaning crew that takes care of everyday cleaning needs within and without the premises. However, this cleaning may not be sufficient in terms of completely getting rid of deeper and tougher stains, and even mold damage. Despite the fact that offices are mostly used and frequented during the daytime, there are not completely free of wear and tear or accumulation of dust, dirt, etc. This is why you have to consider professional cleaners that will take good care of your commercial property and clean and maintain it. SERVPRO of Upper Cape Cod and the Islands is available to help you out in this regard.

Here are five key points that need to be considered in terms of commercial cleaning:

Cleaning of HVAC Ducts

There is no sure shot way of knowing when you should consider getting the HVAC and air ducts at your premises clean. However, there are many pointers that can indicate that it is better to clean up the vents. If you are certain that the HVAC and air ducts have remained untouched for months or even years, then consult professional vent cleaners immediately. These hidden, dark tunnels are prone to high amounts of dust, dirt, debris, pet hair, vermin, pollen, contaminants and even mold accumulation.

Maintenance of Floors

The floors at your commercial setting can be divided into carpeted and non-carpeted floors. The latter has other subcategories such as hard floors which includes tiled and hardwood flooring. There is a targeted method for cleaning all these types. Since carpeted floors are highly susceptible to dust and dirt, they pose a relatively tougher challenge when it comes to cleaning as opposed to other types. A proper cleanup of your floors should be carried out to avoid contaminants from spreading elsewhere in the office.

Detailed Cleaning of Spaces

A great number of modern offices have exposed beams, sophisticated fixtures, wall panels, chandeliers, etc., as an element of style. All these along with drapery and blinds remain uncleaned and ignored for months at a stretch. To preserve the aesthetic finesse, get the help of professional cleaners who will ensure a thorough cleanup of all elements. Even the walls and ceilings need to dusted and cleaned periodically to keep the office environment clean and healthy, and occupants happy and productive.

Deep Cleaning of Kitchens

The kitchens in most commercial spaces experience heavy usage but mostly during the day. It is very common to neglect commercial kitchens as far as deep cleaning is concerned. Many offices and even restaurants maintain the kitchen areas with repeated superficial cleaning. However, this may not be sufficient to get rid of tougher stains such as the ones caused by grease, oil, etc. Ensure that you get the kitchens deep cleaned by professionals after a certain duration since cleaner spaces keep everyone healthy.

Commercial Mold Restoration

There can be many reasons for mold to appear on any surface or area within your commercial property such as water leakages. Dingy, damp and dark areas are highly prone to mold accumulation, especially kitchens, bathrooms, basements, crawl spaces, hard-to-reach nooks, and crannies, etc. Once the mold appears, it starts spreading slowly. It can also pose a health concern for the office occupants. Mold can only be remediated with the help of professionals who handle water and mold damage restoration.

SERVPRO of Upper Cape Cod and the Islands offers competent, professional and effective commercial cleaning service to handle all sorts of cleaning issues for your offices.

For more information, call us at (508) 888-5985.


Water Damage From Frozen Pipes Ices Falmouth Restaurant Opening

12/13/2015 (Permalink)

Commercial Water Damage From Frozen Pipes Ices Falmouth Restaurant Opening Water Damage from frozen pipes at Falmouth Restaurant.

Frozen water pipes are a common cause of water damages in both homes and businesses. Typically they occur in vacant properties—summer homes that have been shut down for the winter season or a commercial property that is “in between” tenants. That was the case for a now popular restaurant in Falmouth.

The owner of this restaurant—a chef—was just about to embark on a lifelong dream of opening up his own place. He had signed the lease and was just about to get his business up and running. What should have been a turn-key operation, where he just walked in the door and began setting tables, became a different scenario where water covered almost every inch of the restaurant. The former tenants had shut off all the utilities, including the heat and a cold spell in January caused the pipes the freeze. Here’s a helpful hint: make sure that your home or business—even if it is vacant for a short period of time—has some degree of heat in it during the winter.

The damage caused from a frozen pipe bursting can be significant and that’s what happened in this case. It was a two level structure and water infiltrated both levels and the basement. It came in through the ceilings, the walls. Clean up for this water damage required significant work. Because the utilities were turned off, we had to bring in generators to power up our equipment, such as air movers and dehumidifying systems. We had to to pull sheetrock off the walls, remove insultation, carpeting, and flooring to restore this property. In the end, the restaurant received a full renovation as a result of this water damage.

I am happy to say that today, the owner is well on his way to success. His restaurant is very popular—the food is fabulous and the parking lot is always full. And I take great pride in knowing that my crew was able to step in make his water damage "Like it never even happened!"

Water Damage is No Fish Tale on Nantucket

12/13/2015 (Permalink)

Commercial Water Damage is No Fish Tale on Nantucket This photo shows the beautifully repaired restaurant after the water damage cleanup.

Water damage comes in many forms and while some damage occurs because of the old standard issues—a frozen pipe or plumbing issues—sometimes it comes from a less likely culprit.

I remember a water damage that occurred a few years ago at a popular Nantucket restaurant. A large tropical fish aquarium imploded—dumping 110 gallons of salt water into the dining room of the restaurant along with the beautiful tropical fish.

Fortunately, the restaurant was not open for business when the tank imploded so there were no customers injured in this incident. It was one of those popular restaurants…you know…the kind where you can’t get seated without a reservation and reservations need to be made well in advance. And the timing of this damage could not have been worse—just before the island’s annual Christmas stroll. Anyone who works or owns a business on the island knows that this particular holiday tradition is extremely important. Since most businesses shut down shortly after this weekend ward and remain closed until the spring, this holiday event is a business owner’s and his employees last chance to bring in some significant revenues before closing the doors and the books for the season. So it was critical that our crew was able to come in and get this job done as quickly as possible.

I don’t remember the number of fish that came floating out of the tank with the water—or if there were any fatalities among them—but I do remember that my crew was able to swoop in and make it "Like it never even happened" in less than three days.

While 110 gallons of water—along with the fish—sounds like a massive disaster that would cause significant damage, believe it or not the clean up from this incident was a bit easier than other standard water issues. Because the water damage occurred rather quickly and we were able to respond immediately, mold had not yet had a chance to form. We didn’t have to remove walls so there was minimal restoration work in that sense. After bringing in our equipment, cleaning up and drying out the restaurant, our client was able to open up in time to welcome guests for the Christmas stroll.

As a restoration company, we often respond to calls from business owners on Cape Cod and the Islands. Some jobs are more memorable than others and this one certainly falls into the category of memorable.

Smoke Damage Can Be Just As Destructive As Fire to a Carver Restaurant

12/12/2015 (Permalink)

Commercial Smoke Damage Can Be Just As Destructive As Fire to a Carver Restaurant Restaurant reopens for business as usual in 11 days after suffering a grease fire.

Where there’s smoke there’s fire but even worse, where there’s fire, there is smoke damage.

Are you thoroughly confused? As the owner of a restoration company, I have come to learn that the biggest loss in a fire isn’t always the things that get burned—it’s the things that the fire never even touches.

Last year, we got a call from the owner of a popular restaurant in Carver. They had just had a fire in the kitchen and needed my crew to come out and clean up the damage. Unlike a lot of the emergency calls we get, which tend to come in the middle of the night, this loss happened to occur during the day.

Better timing, right? Wrong.

When we arrived, customers were filling the parking lot, getting ready to head into their favorite restaurant for a great night out, completely unaware that the business had suffered this fire. And the owner couldn’t tell them how long it would be before he could open the doors to his restaurant again. I assure you, an unexpected closure is one of the greatest fears for any business owner and it is why I am especially committed and sensitive to getting things up and running as quickly as possible for my commercial customers.

The fire started in the restaurant's kitchen and even though the flames were contained—the majority of the smoke damage occurred on the main floor…in the dining room...where the customers eat.

Make no mistake about it…smoke damage can be extensive. Once it gets into fabrics, it is tough to eliminate it without the proper equipment and cleaners. My crew came in for the clean up and cleaned everything, literally from the floor to the ceiling. We cleaned the carpets, the curtains, the fabrics on the chairs and the table cloths. We cleaned everything right down to the salt and pepper shakers and the flower vases on the tables.

In every loss, especially one involving smoke damage, careful consideration has to be given as to whether to restore items or replace them. In this case, it was both more efficient and cost effective to clean small items like the vases and salt and pepper shakers than to discard them and order new. In addition to the cost of the items, there was the time that it would take for the items to be ordered and shipped. In any business—but especially a restaurant—time is money.

In just 11 days, less than two weeks, we had cleaned everything up, making it "Like it never even happened" so that our customer could open the doors of his business to their customers.

Water damage can dry up a business on Cape Cod

12/10/2015 (Permalink)

Commercial Water damage can dry up a business on Cape Cod The source of this water damage found on the first floor was found to come from the unit on the second floor of the building.

Nothing can be more alarming than walking along a hallway only to have your foot sink into a wet spongy area of the carpet...it’s a good indicator that you have a water damage. The first question that pops up is “where is the water coming from?” After all, you can’t fix the problem until you locate the source.

If water damage in a home is concerning, it is doubly concerning when it is a commercial property and even more distressing when it is a commercial business that cares for the elderly.

Not long ago, we received a call in the middle of the night from the owner of an assisted living facility on Upper Cape Cod who had just discovered a water problem in the common hallway. As you might expect, the owner was frantic. As the owner of a restoration company for more than eight years now, I’ve become accustomed to getting calls from panicked business owners calling me—usually in the middle of the night—needing my crew to go out there—immediately.

As a business owner, I appreciate the urgency of the situation and ensure that my team is there as quickly as possible to remedy the situation.

The facility’s staff had been searching for the source of the water. Naturally, they looked at the unit closest to the waterlogged carpet  but that apartment was dry. My crew arrived and after a bit of investigation, discovered that the water was coming from the unit one floor above. Apparently, the woman living in that apartment had planned to make a cup of tea. After setting the teapot in the sink, which covered the drain, she turned the faucet on to fill the pot and then walked away, forgetting about it.

She went to bed with the faucet running full force. Water overflowed the sink, spilling onto the floor, spreading out to the walls, running down inside of them to the floor below.

The clean up of this water damage involved the usual process and tools—removal of the flooring, exposing the wall cavity, bringing in antimicrobial air movers and dehumidifiers. But the real trick to this particular commercial clean up was getting everything done, soup to nuts, as they say, in a very short turnaround time. Yup, it took us just three days to make it "Like it Never Even Happened".

Cleaning: It doesn’t have to be a dirty word for Cape Cod

12/1/2015 (Permalink)

Commercial Cleaning: It doesn’t have to be a dirty word for Cape Cod Subcontracting the cleaning services of your business can reduce more than the cost of the service expense.

Keeping up with the routine cleaning of a home can be a bit of a chore—especially if you are talking about bathrooms. And if you think keeping a home neat and tidy is a struggle, consider how difficult it can be to keep a business, apartment complex, hotel, or a restaurant clean.

As a restoration company, a significant part of the service we provide is commercial cleaning and not just after a major storm or property damage. We also provide regular cleaning services to Cape Cod and Island businesses. We literally offer floor to ceiling cleaning…and everything in between! From deep carpet or hardwood floors to cleaning the walls and ceilings to the blinds and shades, we take on the dirt and odors that have built up over time and make it "Like it never even happened."

One of the biggest challenges that business owners and restaurant managers face is getting somebody to consistently show up to clean their facilities….and to do the cleaning job well. And we’re not talking about light cleaning, like vacuuming the floors or emptying trash cans. We’re talking about the kind of cleaning most people dread doing. At SERVPRO, we’re not afraid to roll up our sleeves and get dirty to make your space clean. 

Restaurant owners especially appreciate our services. To say the least, cleanliness in a restaurant is as important as the quality of food that it serves and nothing is more unappetizing than a dirty dining room or dirty bathrooms in a restaurant. And since restaurant kitchens are subject to the scrutiny of government agencies, like the Board of Health, it is extremely important that cleaning jobs are done consistently and done well.

Because our team has in-depth training with respect to cleaning, we literally give every job the “white glove treatment.” We can see problems or potential issues, such as air ducts that might need to be cleaned out, where others might not notice. We can eliminate problems before they even happen.

As a cleaning and restoration company, we are constantly called on to do the routine cleaning at apartment or condominium complexes and not just because the service we provide is consistently good and reliable. Sure, we are held to a higher standard than other cleaning companies, but there are other benefits to using a cleaning company like SERVPRO rather than using maintenance staff. Subcontracting the cleaning services reduces other expenses, such as workers compensation and liability.

I’m so happy…and proud…. that Cape Cod and Islands’ business owners  are turning to SERVPRO of Upper Cape Cod and the Islands to make it "Like it never even happened."

Having the Emergency READY Profile Advantage helps Cape Cod Businesses Get Back to Business Faster

10/28/2015 (Permalink)

Commercial Having the Emergency READY Profile Advantage helps Cape Cod Businesses Get Back to Business Faster Having an Emergency READY Profile saves time and money by getting you back in business faster!

We work with local businesses that have an Emergency Ready Profile when they have a problem and need a quick response to ensure they can open their doors for business. However, there are those times when we have been called by businesses where the damage is so great, such as a fire or water damage that they can’t open their doors that day and their business is put on hold while the fire or water damage is cleaned up.

The shocking news is the fact that as many as 50% of businesses close down following a disaster, according to the latest research. 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. And knowing you are  "Ready For Whatever Happens" speaks trust to your clients and employees that in the event your business is affected by a disaster, they don’t necessarily have to be.

 

By creating a SERVPRO of Upper Cape Cod & The Islands Emergency READY Profile for your business, you can minimize business interruption by having an immediate plan of action. Knowing what to do and what to expect in advance is the key to timely mitigation and can help minimize how water and fire damage can affect your business.

  • A no cost assessment of your facility.
    This means there is no need to allocate funds, giving you a great value at no cost.
  • A concise Profile Document that contains only the critical information needed in the event of an emergency.
    It will only take a little time to complete and will not take you away from current projects. But it will save a lot of time if ever needed.
  • A guide to help you get back into your building following a disaster.
    This can help minimize the amount of time your business is inactive by having an immediate plan of action.
  • Establishes a company known and trusted by the community as your disaster mitigation and restoration provider.
    You have a restoration professional recognized as an industry leader and close by to help you recover from a disaster. Read what our customer's think about our services.
  • Identification of the line of command for authorizing work to begin.
    This saves time so we can begin the work of mitigating the damage which can save you time and money.
  • Provides facility details such as shut-off valve locations, priority areas and priority contact information.
    Having a quick reference of what to do, how to do it and who to call provides solutions in advance of an emergency so that during the emergency you are "Ready for whatever happens."
Nothing bad ever happens at a convenient time!