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Blog with a Twist

6/28/2019 (Permalink)

Commercial Blog with a Twist EF1 Tornado that impacted the Kanawha Valley on Monday June 24, 2019.

On the evening of June 24th, a tornado touched down in Kanawha County, West Virginia. With the tornado came damaging winds and destruction to the affected areas. Thousands are still without power, including hundreds of business owners. Being prepared for a devastating storm like this one is key for a business owner. As someone in charge of not only the structure itself but all of the lives within the structure, a tornado warning should not be taken lightly.

You must know the warning signs of a tornado so that you can be sure you and your employees know what to expect, and how to best prepare. A tornado is a narrow and violently rotating cloud that is only easily visible if it has formed a condensation funnel. Debris and dust will swirl around under the cloud base. If a tornado warning has been issued in your area, you may hear a loud roar that does not fade as thunder would.

If you see the warning signs common with a tornado and a tornado warning has been issued, take heed to the warning and find shelter immediately. Get to the lowest level of the structure and find an interior room. Stay in the center of the room and stay away from doors, windows, and walls.

After a tornado affects the area your business is in, you may have to make your employees aware of hazards brought on by the storm. Be aware of any gas leaks, structural damage, or electrical dangers. Be sure that your employees know not to touch down power lines under any circumstances. Leave the electrical work to the professionals. Be careful around any sharp objects and use precaution when operating generators.

The best way to make sure your employees know how to react when a tornado touches down near you is to make and stick to an emergency plan. In addition to your Emergency Readiness Profile, create a step by step preparedness plan that goes over different scenarios and storm situations.

Here are a couple of great resources to refer to when preparing yourself and your business for a tornado disaster:

Click HERE for an article that discusses how to create a tornado preparedness plan for your business. 

Click HERE for helpful tips from the American Red Cross on tornado safety. 

Give Me Closure

6/18/2019 (Permalink)

Commercial Give Me Closure Fire in local restaurant in Charleston, WV

When you are dealing with grief, divorce, or any other loss in your life we have to sometimes search for closure. This closure involves healing and brings about the ability to move on in life. In most cases, people want closure in times of tragedy, but today we will look at a different kind of closure that nobody wants to experience.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 20% of all small businesses will close in their first year and about 50% of small businesses will close by their 5th year.  Although there may be many different reasons for these businesses to close, you can be sure that it is not an easy thing to go through.

With the odds already stacked against a business being able to survive in normal circumstances, you throw an unexpected tragedy such as a fire, or water loss and you really up the odds for a permanent closure. It is estimated that over 50% of businesses that sustain a catastrophe will not recuperate from it.

That is why SERVPRO came up with its Emergency Ready Plan for businesses. Knowing as much as 50% of businesses close down following a disaster and with the businesses that do actually survive, the overwhelming majority of them had a preparedness plan in place we saw the need for pre-planning. Our “ERP” can serve as an insurance policy aimed at peace of mind by knowing you are "Ready for whatever happens." Having a SERVPRO “ERP” along with other contingency plans can speak trust to your clients and employees that in the event your business is affected by a disaster, they don’t necessarily have to be affected by it. You can get help quickly and start the recovery process faster.

Our Commercial Restoration Consultants are trained to look for potential safety issues at you Charleston, WV area business and will create an Emergency Readiness Plan with emergency contact information. We will even tag all of your properties main shutoffs as well as deliver an emergency escape plan for the building occupants. Our ERP only takes about 30 minutes of your time, but supplies many years of comfort in knowing you are ready if disaster ever strikes your business. The best part of SERVPRO’s ERP is that we offer it at absolutely no cost to you.

Reach out to us and schedule your complimentary Emergency Ready Plan today because we truly don’t want you to have to search for closure because of a closure.

Different Hats

5/30/2019 (Permalink)

Commercial Different Hats Different hats over the many years.

”Commercial buildings are not large houses!”

Your local SERVPRO franchise has 5 Commercial Drying Specialist on staff and this is one of the first things that our techs learn while attending the Institute Of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) class.

Drying and restoring commercial properties can be very complex and pose a multitude of situations not typically found in residential properties. Some of the differences between commercial and residential properties are obvious, such as size and use but others may not be as obvious like intricacies in HVAC systems, and complex electrical systems.

Other differences in commercial and residential structures that may concern a restorer would be things like public access, multiple stakeholders, construction materials & building codes, as well as the potential for increased safety issues in a commercial property.

Our certified Commercial Drying Specialist know the differences between commercial and residential properties and can “change hats” instantly when going from one to the other with very little effort. This ability to understand and adapt to these differences is one of the many things that help our restorers stand out in the restoration industry. It is also the reason that the majority of municipalities, utility companies, property management firms, healthcare facilities, and school systems in the area trust SERVPRO® Of North Kanawha Valley and Teays Valley for all their restoration and cleaning needs.

SERVPRO® of North Kanawha Valley and Teays Valley are also on the cutting edge of document drying science and have the ability to dry, clean, sanitize,digitize and restore documents once deemed unsalvageable a few years ago. This can save a business thousands of dollars and major headaches if these documents are irreplaceable. 

Another advantage SERVPRO® of North Kanawha Valley and Teays Valley has over other restoration companies is although our local franchise can produce most commercial jobs on our own, if we get a job that is beyond our local capabilities, we can have our Corporate Large Loss Division assist us with staff and equipment to handle any size disaster.

Knowing the differences between residential and commercial properties is very important in our industry and if a restorer does not understand those differences, it could lead to catastrophic results from safety issues, or much higher cost of a commercial project than is necessary. Trust your business to the Pro’s in the know, SERVPRO of North Kanawha Valley and Teays Valley. We are standing by 24/7/365 for ALL your restoration and cleaning needs.

ARE YOU READY?

5/16/2019 (Permalink)

Commercial ARE YOU READY? ARE YOU READY?

Is Your Business Ready?

Disasters always seem to strike when you least expect it. Flooding, fires, tornadoes, hurricanes, and blizzards are a threat to your business. This is especially true if you are not prepared for a disaster when it strikes. Here is an unsettling statistic to think about: more than 40% of businesses never reopen following a disaster. Of the businesses that survive after a disaster, the majority of these businesses had a preparedness plan in place.

A disaster can bring your business to a halt. By developing a SERVPRO Emergency Ready Profile, 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 minimize how water and fire affect your business!

SERVPRO’s Emergency Readiness Profile is a “no cost to you” assessment of your facility which provides facility details such as shut-off valve locations, priority areas and priority contact information. The Emergency Readiness Profile is conveniently available on the SERVPRO® Ready App and identifies the line of command that authorizes work to begin.

Join the multitude of businesses in our area that are better prepared for a disaster by using our Emergency Readiness Profile! Contact SERVPRO® of North Kanawha Valley & Teays Valley for more information.  304-755-9510

For information CLICK HERE

Different Hats

4/27/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Different Hats SERVPRO® hats through out the many years

”Commercial buildings are not large houses!”

Your local SERVPRO franchise has 5 Commercial Drying Specialist on staff and this is one of the first things that our techs learn while attending the Institute Of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) class.

Drying and restoring commercial properties can be very complex and pose a multitude of situations not typically found in residential properties. Some of the differences between commercial and residential properties are obvious, such as size and use but others may not be as obvious like intricacies in HVAC systems, and complex electrical systems.

Other differences in commercial and residential structures that may concern a restorer would be things like public access, multiple stakeholders, construction materials & building codes, as well as the potential for increased safety issues in a commercial property.

Our certified Commercial Drying Specialist know the differences between commercial and residential properties and can “change hats” instantly when going from one to the other with very little effort. This ability to understand and adapt to these differences is one of the many things that help our restorers stand out in the restoration industry. It is also the reason that the majority of municipalities, utility companies, property management firms, healthcare facilities, and school systems in the area trust SERVPRO® Of North Kanawha Valley and Teays Valley for all their restoration and cleaning needs.

SERVPRO® of North Kanawha Valley and Teays Valley are also on the cutting edge of document drying science and have the ability to dry, clean, sanitize,digitize and restore documents once deemed unsalvageable a few years ago. This can save a business thousands of dollars and major headaches if these documents are irreplaceable. 

Another advantage SERVPRO® of North Kanawha Valley and Teays Valley has over other restoration companies is although our local franchise can produce most commercial jobs on our own, if we get a job that is beyond our local capabilities, we can have our Corporate Large Loss Division assist us with staff and equipment to handle any size disaster.

Knowing the differences between residential and commercial properties is very important in our industry and if a restorer does not understand those differences, it could lead to catastrophic results from safety issues, or much higher cost of a commercial project than is necessary. Trust your business to the Pro’s in the know, SERVPRO of North Kanawha Valley and Teays Valley. We are standing by 24/7/365 for ALL your restoration and cleaning needs.

Does Your Business Have A Mold Problem?

5/2/2016 (Permalink)

Commercial Does Your Business Have A Mold Problem? Mold can spread through your business in as little as 48 hours

Microscopic mold spores naturally occur almost everywhere, both outdoors and indoors. This makes it impossible to remove all mold from a business. Therefore, SERVPRO® of North Kanawha Valley and Teays Valley mold remediation specialist will reduces the mold spore count back to its natural or baseline level. Some restoration businesses advertise “mold removal” and even guarantee to remove all mold, which is a fallacy. Consider the following mold facts:

  • Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.
  • Mold spores are microscopic and float along in the air and may enter your home through windows, doors, or AC/heating systems or even hitch a ride indoors on your clothing or a pet.
  • Mold spores thrive on moisture. Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water. These colonies may produce allergens and irritants.
  • Before mold remediation can begin, any sources of water or moisture must be addressed. Otherwise, the mold may return.
  • Mold often produces a strong, musty odor and can lead you to possible mold problem areas.
  • Even higher-than-normal indoor humidity can support mold growth. Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent.

If your business has a mold problem, we can inspect and assess your property and use our specialized training, equipment, and expertise to remediate your mold infestation.

If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today – (304)755-9510

Are You Ready? SERVPRO of Teays Valley/ North Kanawha Valley

3/7/2016 (Permalink)

Commercial Are You Ready?  SERVPRO of Teays Valley/ North Kanawha Valley Emergency Ready Plan

Recently the United States have been affected by many different types of disasters.  Flooding, fires, tornados, hurricanes, and blizzards threaten homes, businesses, and communities.  As many as 50% of businesses  may not recover following a disaster, according to recent industry research.  Of the businesses that survive following a disaster the majority of these businesses had a preparedness plan in place.

Pre-planning can serve as an additional insurance policy aimed at 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 can affect your business!

Preparation is an important component in making it through any size disaster, whether it’s a small water leak, a large fire, or flooding as we have recently experienced in Charleston, Sissionville, Saint Albans, and Cross Lanes, WV.  The best time for planning for such events is not when the disaster happens, but well before it happens it happens.  Contact your local SERVPRO of North Kanawha Valley/ Teays Valley Professionals to establish your Emergency Ready Program.

Emergency Ready Program

·   A no cost assessment of your facility.

(This means there is no need to allocate funds, giving you a great value at no cost.)

·   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.”)

·   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.)

·   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.)

Charleston Area Medical Center Award

11/23/2015 (Permalink)

Commercial Charleston Area Medical Center Award Working together for great customer service

 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20151117/GZ01/151119531

Charleston Area Medical Center Official:

"Dear partners, I share with you the below information about a national award that CAMC has just received.  I share this with you because you too should feel proud of the quality services that you or your company provide to our organization."

 "Let's face it, if you are a vendor (partner) for CAMC, you or your company should celebrate in this achievement as well. Just as our organization provides outstanding quality service, we Expect the same thing from our partners. In many cases the services provided by our partners are constantly in the eye or judgement of the ultimate customer the patient. Just as we are recognized for our efforts and services, We would like to Thank You for the services that you or your company provide for our organization. I know that on some occasions we expect a great deal and even sometimes our expectations are really above the norm. This is why we were recognized for going the extra mile. It is our hope that your organization is better because of the partnership you have with CAMC and the requirements we have for the services provided."