Recent Commercial Posts
Your Business and COVID-19
August 14th, 2020
These are most certainly unprecedented times. In January, news of COVID-19 was barely a footnote. In February, the US began seeing a slow rise in cases in a small handful of states. The CDC and the federal government began taking steps to control the virus, indicating it would be under control in a few weeks if all steps were followed. Here we are now six-months later, and the virus lingers on with just north of 5-million cases and over 167,000 deaths and climbing by the day.
With this, however, the US economy continues to try and push forward, implementing the best policies and procedures possible in order to give employees and customers the best opportunity to work or shop in an environment which has been professionally cleaned. But there are some steps you can take as a business owner and/or manager that will help our Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned program be a supplement to your current cleaning procedures. Here are some elements of consideration when reviewing your current policies and procedures:
- What are some bottleneck areas in your facility where employees and/or customers could get congested? Can a modification of the flow of traffic help mitigate this issue?
- Are tables, counter spaces, kiosks, etc., spaced enough so as to ensure maximum accessibility while keeping close consideration of social distancing.
- Are the current cleaning procedures and products being utilized in line with EPA and CDC guidelines? If not, what needs to be modified by which to align or exceed those guidelines?
- What are other facilities similar to yours doing?
SERVPRO of LBL North has led the way in this area for meeting with business owners, bank managers, and public officials in our area to discuss some of the best ways to combat this ever evolving situation. Our Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned program is a great addition to any organization, as it comes with the exchange of information and consultation as to how to best navigate these times, along with the confidence that once our team leaves your facility, your environment has been cleaned by the best in the business.
For more information, please refer to the CDC website for additional guidance, and the EPA for a list of approved products available by which to effectively limit exposure to COVID-19.
Businesses Adapting to Work at Home Models
Business Adaptations Post COVID-19
April 27th, 2019
From every crisis in history, there are lessons to be learned, and adaptions that can be implemented on just about every level. For businesses (large and small) this will likely result in a shift in the operational business model for many. The emergence of COVID-19 has permitted some businesses to see just how well they can operate, even if only for a short period of time, with their employees working remotely.
At SERVPRO, one of the biggest concern’s businesses have following a major loss, is how long the operation will need to be shut down in order to mitigate the issue. Granted working from home is not conducive for retail outlets and restaurants, but for offices which do not provide a physical product, the COVID-19 pandemic has shown that while the loss is being mitigated, that operations may continue, albeit from remote locations.
Once a business suffers a loss, the time in which SERVPRO needs to get in, adequately assess the loss, and mitigate it, is often dictated by when the company will need to reopen, close down, etc. It is not always as simple as shutting the doors, however, now with what we have taken away from the COVID-19 pandemic, it could provide quicker response times by SERVPRO, and a smooth temporary transition on the part of the business while SERVPRO mitigates the issue.
Hern, A. (2020, March 13th). The Guardian. Retrieved from Covid-19 could cause permanent shift towards home working: https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2020/mar/13/covid-19-could-cause-permanent-shift-towards-home-working
Getting an Emergency Ready Profile (ERP)
February 7th, 2020
It happens more than you think, but is one of the most seldom discussed subjects at meetings and/or training sessions. What happens when a main water line bursts inside the building, or, when someone detects the smell of gas in the air while the building is being heated? When severe weather strikes, do your managers know where to go, and where to send your customers? What happens when a tornado, hurricane, or flood impacts your business directly? Communication is the key of course, but without the proper plan, there is nothing to communicate on a consistent level.
An Emergency Ready Profile is what separates guessing from an actual plan of attack should something detrimental happen to your business. Here at SERVPRO of LBL North, we have an entire team of professionals who, upon request, will come to your business, and complete your Emergency Ready Profile (ERP) for you. We will ask you some questions in reference to points of contact, service providers, etc., and then we will take care of filling in the remainder of the form. Once completed, you will be provided a copy to share with your managers, and insurance providers, and we will keep a copy as well. In the rare event disaster does strike, you will be prepared, and SERVPRO of LBL North will already know how to respond.
To get your ERP completed, please contact our office at (731) 642-1284 for more information and to schedule a visit by our Sales and Marketing Manager, or a Sales and Marketing Representative.
Is Your Business Prepared for a Disaster
February 4th, 2020
Is Your Business Prepared for Disaster
Running a business, be it a small locally owned business, or large corporate operation, being prepared in the event an unexpected event happens is crucial to making sure whatever situation arises, the right help is identified and the problem is resolved as fast as possible. In fact, over 50% of businesses close down completely following a major disaster simply because no plan or approach was composed leading up to said disaster.
SERVPRO of LBL North can help with this. Our Emergency Ready Profile (ERP) will help you with putting this plan together. The best part is, we do it for you. All you need to do is provide us with some vital information, and we go to work putting together your profile which once provided, will give crucial details to law enforcement, emergency responders, SERVPRO and other entities which will come to your rescue in the event of a disaster. For example, our ERP includes some of the following information and more:
- Points of Contact (POC) for your organization
- Locations of all water, electric and gas shut offs (including photos of each element)
- A comprehensive list of service providers (water, gas, electric, etc.)
- A detailed chain of command so as to authorize SERVPRO of LBL North to get started as soon as possible following an emergency
- …….Much More
ERP’s can also be put together for a residence as well. If you would like an ERP put together for your home or business, contact our office at (731) 642-1284 to schedule a visit to your location.
SERVPRO Emergency Ready Profile
Commercial Carpet Cleaning
Commercial carpet cleaning is a job that is very competitive in today's society. Whether you are needing your carpet cleaning due to damages, such as fire or water damage, or just because it is a frequently used and worn down area that needs a good cleaning, SERVPRO of Murray, Benton, Cadiz & Princeton team will go above and beyond to meet your expectations. For more severe jobs, the Alabama team may even come up to the job and price the cleaning. SERVPRO teams from all over come together and do what they can to make sure that the customer is happy and completely satisfied with the outcome.
If you ever need commercial carpet cleaning or even duct cleaning, call SERVPRO of Murray, Benton, Cadiz & Princeton today!
Mold Under Wallpaper at Local Business
Mold was found lurking behind the wallpaper at this local business.
Water and mold damage can be sly threats to your local business! Though everything may appear clean and dry after a water damage event, there may be something lurking in places you would not expect. The walls in the offices of this Murray business had mold growth beneath the wallpaper. When time came for renovations, the owner of this business discovered just how sneaky mold can be! SERVPRO of Murray, Benton, Cadiz, and Princeton was quickly called to action and tackled the invader. Mold can be addressed in a variety of ways depending on the spore, the location, and the occupancy of the space. Mold can be a scary situation, but SERVPRO is not intimidated!
When mold affects your home or business, call SERVPRO of Murray, Benton, Cadiz, and Princeton to leave your space, "Like it never even happened."
Arson: When Bad Things Happen to Good People
The vandal set fire to this couch by breaking into the window behind it.
One of the most difficult parts of working for SERVPRO is seeing our customers go through dramatic events. Though these events are the cause of headaches and heartaches, they generally occur at the blame of faulty equipment or unavoidable weather incidents. However, one local rental property owner experienced an event far more incomprehensible: a property of his was the subject of arson.
According to the National Fire Prevention Association, arson is the leading cause of fire-related property damage in the United States.
When the property owner was alerted of the incident, SERVPRO of Murray, Benton, Cadiz, and Princeton was called to the scene. The rental property was gutted from the inside out. Everything from the carpet where the fire started to the bathroom fixtures on the other end of the property had to be replaced. This job was completed swiftly and efficiently by the crew at SERVPRO of Murray, Benton, Cadiz, and Princeton to ensure the safe return of the tenant.
Emergency Ready Profile
As a homeowner you always want to make sure you have emergency contacts close by in case anything unexpected happens. What if you are a homeowner but also a business owner? SERVPRO of Murray, Benton, Cadiz, and Princeton realizes that you might not think about the unexpected things that might happen to your business, but we are here to help!
At SERVPRO of Murray, Benton, Cadiz, and Princeton, we have an Emergency Ready Program available to you! Our ERP, Emergency Ready Profile is the best way to reduce business interruption following a disaster. As many as 50% of businesses may never recover following a disaster, according to the latest industry 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. By developing an 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.
The SERVPRO of Murray, Benton, Cadiz, and Princeton Emergency Ready Profile Advatages:
- 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. However, it will save you valuable time if ever needed.
– This can help minimize the amount of time your business is inactive by having an immediate plan of action.
– Establishes SERVPRO of Murray, Benton, Cadiz, and Princeton as your disaster mitigation and restoration provider. You will have a provider that is recognized as an industry leader and close by.
Give us a call today and set up your ERP! (270) 753-1160
Prepare Your Murray, Benton, Cadiz, or Princeton Business for Winter Weather
There are many hazards that come when winter weather arrives in the Murray, Benton, Cadiz, and Princeton area. Prepare your business for winter weather!
-Check your business property for downed tree limbs and branches. Weather, such as wind, heavy rai, ice and snow, can cause branches to fall, which could cause damage to the property and potentially cause personal injuries.
-Inspect property, especially walkways and parking lots, for proper drainage to alleviate flood hazard potential.
-Inspect all handrails, stairwells and entryways to address and correct potential slippery or hazardous areas. Install mats or non-slip surfaces and post caution signs where water could be present.
-Ask your SERVPRO Professional about starting an Emergency Ready Profile for your business.
What is an Emergency Ready Profile?
It is a "snapshot" of each building owned/managed by a business, that provides critical information for emergency preparation.
Call SERVPRO of Murray, Benton, Cadiz, and Princeton at (270) 753-1160 for help setting up your Emergency Ready Profile!
How Water Damage Can Hurt Your Business and What You Can Do
A water line break caused this local church to flood. This before picture shows just how much water can accumulate as a result of such an event.
Whether it comes from a broken pipe, a sprinkler malfunction or an overflowing toilet, water damage can be inconvenient and costly in Murray, Benton, Cadiz, and Princeton, KY. It can cause harm not only to your building but to electronics and furniture as well.
In What Ways Can Commercial Water Damage Happen?
Water damage can be devastating to a company. The following list outlines some of the most common ways your building can suffer from a water disaster:
• One of the toilets in the restroom leaked overnight.
• A broken pipe or water main flooded your building.
• The fire sprinklers went off, causing an indoor rainstorm all over the office.
What Gets Damaged During an Indoor Flood?
Only a few inches of water covering the floor can cause costly damage to the carpets and walls and invite mold and wood rot. Furniture and expensive office equipment can be ruined. In severe flooding, the water may seep into the walls and damage electrical wires.
How Do You Deal With the Aftermath of Commercial Water Damage?
You should address water damage as soon as possible. Your water repair company in Murray, Benton, Cadiz, or Princeton, KY, can get started on preventing mold, cleaning soaked carpets and restoring waterlogged surfaces. You should also contact your insurance company for information on flood and water damage coverage.
How Can You Prevent Water Damage?
Regularly have your plumbing and fire sprinklers inspected and maintained to prevent leaks and burst pipes. If a major storm is approaching, prepare by placing sandbags around entrances and moving important documents and computers to a safe place. Install a water shut-off valve under your water heaters. Unfortunately, not all disasters can be prevented, but these tips can minimize the likelihood of severe damage.
Don’t let a broken pipe or toilet overflow disrupt your productivity. When you take swift action to prevent or address a flood, your water damage experts may be able to help you avoid a costly emergency and keep your business—not burst pipes—running smoothly.
For more information, please visit us at http://www.SERVPROmurraybentoncadizprinceton.com/.
Restoring Your Murray, Benton, Cadiz, or Princeton Commercial Property After A Water or Fire Damage Event
Water Damage Mitigation at a Local Business
Flooding, water, and fire damage events at 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 Murray, Benton, Cadiz and Princeton
SERVPRO of Murray, Benton, Cadiz, and Princeton specializes in the cleanup and restoration of commercial and residential property after a water or fire 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.