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Commercial Fire Extinguisher Safety and Education
If your property takes on fire damage, rest assured that SERVPRO of Carrollton is here to help.
Fire safety is a critical aspect of health & safety measures that all businesses must address, and maintaining your commercial property’s fire extinguishers is essential in protecting your employees, property and products from harm.
A fire extinguisher can’t protect anything if nobody knows how to use it. There are many rules and regulations related to fire extinguisher safety, such as the fact that fire extinguishers should be mounted on walls at distances of less than 75 feet that would not be well-known without proper education.
You and your employees must also know how to choose the right extinguisher, as well as how to operate it. This is where it might be valuable to employ some training.
Why Training Is Essential
Let’s take a look at what fire extinguisher training includes and why it’s important:
Fire extinguisher training usually consists of education and practice. You will learn all about the types of extinguishers through lectures provided by a certified instructor. Once you have passed the education portion, you will get to put your knowledge into practice. Generally conducted in an outdoor setting, certified instructors will provide hands-on training teaching you and your team how to use the various types of fire extinguishers.
What would happen if a fire sprung up in your facility today? Would you know how to extinguish it and with the proper extinguisher? Would your employees know how to do this?
This is why training is critical in ensuring your staff has the opportunity to try these devices and techniques before a disaster strikes so that in the case one ever does happen, you all will know exactly what to do.
Your workplace runs the risk of devastating and costly damage if you’re not prepared. While you can’t predict a fire, you can ensure that your employees know what to do to promptly and effectively combat it through proper training. This ultimately minimizes what could have been extensive injuries, damages and expenses.
If your commercial property takes on fire damage, SERVPRO of Carrollton is here to help. We have teams on deck at all times ready to take your call and begin the restoration process immediately.
Our Commercial Fire Large Loss Restoration Services
Call SERVPRO of Carrollton to restore your commercial property after a fire has caused a large loss.
As a business owner, there are a lot of things to be concerned about when it comes to keeping the doors open. One important element of running a business is having a plan when disaster strikes and strikes hard.
Disasters can come in many sizes, but one that is perhaps one of the most concerning is what is called a “large loss” to your commercial property. A “large loss” is defined as a large scale loss that has a considerable financial impact to your business.
What can SERVPRO do about a large loss for your business?
Emergency Response. We have emergency services on deck 24⁄7 to answer the call for whenever you might need us. We will act immediately to contain the damage and start the repair procedure. We’ve worked with commercial organizations of all kinds for more than 50 years, and we are the experts in cleaning up after large-scale damage and getting businesses just like yours back up and running as fast as possible.
Treating the Damage. Our pros in green consist of licensed experts who have been educated in specialized procedures for removing water and treating smoke damage in your commercial property after a fire. Even if the bulk of your building has been affected, we work diligently to rescue what can be restored and detect issues that may be invisible to the untrained eye. Getting your business back up and running is critical, and we do our best to ensure the work is done correctly and thoroughly while working as quickly as possible. With our knowledge and industry-leading equipment, we’re able to do the most comprehensive job in the shortest amount of time.
When you call on SERVPRO for large-loss restoration services, you can count on consistent communication throughout the duration of the job, the highest-quality products and unmatched customer service. We understand the worry that commercial property damage may cause.
The subsequent difficulties caused by smoke, water from firefighting efforts and structural damage might make your business seem irreparable. You can put your confidence in our technicians, who will work hard to treat the damage, identify any objects that need restoration or replacement, and even coordinate with your insurance provider.
Allow SERVPRO of Carrollton to restore your commercial property after a fire has caused a large loss and interruptions to business. We are on hand 24⁄7, ready to take your call right now.
How Thorough Should My Business' Severe Weather Plan Be?
If you need assistance creating a Safety Plan for your business, give SERVPRO of Carrollton today.
If you have not yet done so, adding “create a severe weather plan” to your to-do list is a must as a business owner. Not only is an emergency action plan required by OSHA for all employers, but it is also a good idea for everyone involved.
Being prepared can keep you and your staff safer in the event of a severe weather incident, and can encourage everyone to stay calm in what can quickly turn into a chaotic scenario. However, if you are new to emergency action planning, you may be wondering how thorough your severe weather plan should actually be. While it is important to make sure all of your bases are covered, it is also important to remember that weather is unpredictable by nature and your plan should ultimately reflect that.
The Basic Outline of Your Severe Weather Action Plan
**Determine where everyone will go.** In the event of severe weather that strikes while staff is on-site, it is important that everyone stays put until the threat has passed. You will want to determine in advance what the safest area of your building is, as that is where everyone should go when the weather turns sour. Ideally, this will be a room at or below the ground floor of the building that is free from any windows or external-facing walls.
**Determine what everyone will need.** In the event of severe weather, a power outage is extremely likely. That is why it is important to create an emergency kit for your staff, stored in the area you will seek shelter. This kit should include flashlights, batteries, first-aid supplies and anything else to keep everyone comfortable during a power outage. It is also a good idea to include food and water so no one will need to leave the area prematurely.
**Determine your communication plan.** Trying to communicate with employees during a chaotic scenario is less than ideal, so think in advance about how you will keep them updated. Communicate the severe weather protocol in advance, and ensure that everyone knows exactly what to do if there is an imminent threat.
*If your building is damaged by severe weather, you can count on us. Get in touch today to learn more about our restoration process.*
SERPVRO assists with large commercial loss
If your company encounters any damage to your property, call the experts at SERVPRO of Carrollton.
Floods, fires, blizzards and other extreme weather disasters or workplace incidents may cause enormous damage to warehouses, offices, retail shops and other commercial structures.
Flooding and fire disasters are two of the most common causes of severe economic losses.
COMMERCIAL WATER DAMAGE. Commercial water damage from flooding or other events can be devastating and costly. According to the U.S. government, the average commercial flood claim in the past five years has been around $89,000. Flooding may cause major damage to flooring, building material and drywall, putting the structure at danger. Furthermore, valuable and essential machinery and electronics may be damaged.
When you call SERVPRO, we will arrive as soon as possible to begin removing flood water and prevent it from spreading and creating further damage and difficulties.
SERVPRO professionals are highly trained and prepared to remove huge amounts of standing water and excess moisture from commercial buildings. We can also dry and repair construction materials, documents and electronics that have been damaged.
Our skilled water removal equipment can remove large amounts of standing water, while our cutting-edge drying equipment can remove excess moisture from any afflicted areas of the property. We can restore any of your essential devices (computers, TVs, monitors and so on) and assist in the recovery of lost data if they are damaged. We may also provide comprehensive restoration services if any structural aspects of your building are affected.
COMMERCIAL FIRE DAMAGE. Another disastrous catastrophe that might happen in a business environment is a fire. When they occur, they usually spread swiftly and do significant damage to the property and its contents.
Because damages are caused not only by the fire itself, but also by soot, smoke, firefighting attempts and other byproducts, there is more to clean and restore than the building itself.
We clean up and repair all affected areas after a fire through highly specialized solutions. As well as repairing any structural damage caused by the fire, we can also repair items that have been harmed by soot, smoke or water damage from firefighting efforts as much as possible.
While fires and floods are two of the most prevalent calamities that companies and organizations encounter on their property, there are still a plethora of other large loss events that we can handle. If you are a company owner who has encountered a damaging incident on your property, call SERVPRO of Carrollton and we’ll respond to your emergency immediately.
Your Partners in Business
SERVPRO of Carrollton is your local commercial restoration expert. Contact us today should you experience any damage.
When running a business, to say that it can be stressful at times is quite an understatement. As a business owner, you know how difficult it can be to have things always run smoothly. Major damages or accidents can cause major losses to a company, and that’s something we want to help you avoid.
That’s why you can count on SERVPRO to become your partner in the business world. We are locally owned and operated, and we will help you work through or recover from anything that can possibly take away from your business. Our goal is to help you and your business continue down the road to success.
Large loss recovery. The top cause of financial loss for businesses across the United States are fires, storms and flooding. These things can and likely will cause large amounts of damage, especially if you wait before dealing with the problem. That’s where SERVPRO can come in with our highly trained professionals to help get you on the road to recovery.
Emergency Ready Plan. Preparation is key, which is why you need to prepare your business before disaster strikes. We will help you create and put the perfect plan into place, so that when disaster comes, you know exactly what to do. There are specific things you should consider when planning, like having an emergency chain of command, alternate meeting or work sites, and how to handle restoration needs.
Cleaning of All Kinds. We can help you with any specialty cleaning needs you have, like biohazard removal,, as well as routine cleaning needs like carpet cleaning or upholstery restoration. No matter what the messy issue is, we will come up with a solution to get it cleaned.
Restoration Services. Whether you’re dealing with storm damage or a small kitchen fire got out of hand, these things require cleanup and restoration services. SERVPRO of Carrollton has all the bases covered, offering comprehensive restoration services for water damage, fire damage and storm damage, among other emergencies.
Industry Specialization. We have spent years learning about commercial enterprises, so we know that we can help anyone. We know the ins and outs of a variety of industries and stand prepared to handle those needs. Because we understand how important your business is, we will often enclose a work area during restoration so that your business operations aren’t disrupted. Whatever your recovery need may be, and whatever your commercial property may require, trust SERVPRO to get the job done. Contact us today to get started on an Emergency Ready Plan or find out how we can serve your business.
Reduce the Chance of Commercial Storm Damage
If storm damage ever causes a mess at your business, call the pros at SERVPRO of Carrollton.
Without warning, high-velocity winds from severe weather can damage your business. No storm’s timing or severity can be fully predicted.
Tornadoes are a common occurrence here in Georgia. Tornado winds can reach up to 300 mph in the most powerful tornadoes. Wind speeds of this magnitude can lift vehicles into the air, tear houses and businesses apart and turn shattered glass and other debris into dangerous projectiles.
It might feel like there’s nothing that can be done to prevent the full severity of storm damage, but a few simple precautions can be taken to help reduce the chance of property damage and save you money on repairs and missed productivity.
It is critical to ensure your roof can hold up against storm damage. Storms may cause shingles to fly off or be broken by hail and debris.
To ensure that your business’ roof is protected against wind damage, get it assessed for a variety of factors, including the following:
- Shingles have a high wind and impact resistance rating
- Shingles are snugly secured and fitted together
- The roof sheathing is set firmly in place
- The connection between the roof and the walls is sufficiently secure to prevent the roof from being lifted off by high winds and updrafts
- HVAC equipment, skylight and pipelines are securely fastened and will not blow away
Exterior Walls and Doors
Different types of exteriors are more or less prone to damage from storms than others. In fact, steel siding is known as one of the most durable siding options available, as it can withstand harsh storms and damaging winds.
Some commercial spaces can be primarily glass, brick or concrete exteriors, which all have different levels of tolerance to storm damage. To make sure your building’s exterior is protected from wind damage, check the following:
- The structure is well-sealed to prevent wind from entering gaps and crevices and damaging the interior of your business
- Siding and windows are attached securely
- All entry doors are triple-hinged and protected with a deadbolt lock
- Overhead doors are well-reinforced and capable of withstanding heavy winds
Many commercial properties have exterior spaces, from walkways to playgrounds. Perhaps you have outdoor benches, tables and chairs or potted plants.
Check the following to ensure that the areas around your property are protected against damaging winds and storms:
- Storage sheds and structures are securely anchored
- Everything you keep outdoors (equipment, inventory and supplies) is either secured or readily moved inside
- Dumpsters, outdoor lighting fixtures and fences are secured
- Large bushes and trees in close proximity to your structure are healthy and pruned
- Outdoor advertising or signage are secured
You’ve worked hard to get your business to where it is today. If storm damage ever causes a mess at your business, call SERVPRO of Carrollton to handle any and all storm disaster cleanup and restoration.
Whatever the Disaster, We’re Here to Help Your Business
No matter what causes the damage, we can handle it. SERVPRO of Carrollton are your local restoration experts.
Even on a normal day, it’s difficult to operate a business. With so many competing demands for your time and attention, it’s easy to see why managing or owning a business might be a little stressful.
Consequently, if something were to interrupt business like damage from a natural disaster, you might need some experts to step in and lend a hand.
SERVPRO is the industry leader when it comes to commercial disaster cleaning, recovery and restoration. Our goal is to help you get back on your feet after a crisis by handling the cleanup and restoration process so you can continue to focus on what you need to do to keep your business going.
No matter what causes the damage, we can handle it:
Smoke and fire damage. The NFPA estimates that U.S. fire departments respond to an average of 3,340 fires in office properties per year that cost an annual average of over $110 million in property damage. We can take care of everything from the demolition and reconstruction of your building to the elimination of smoke odors.
Water damage. Damage caused by water seeping inside the building from any number of things, such as a storm, leaky roof, broken pipes, an overflowing water heater and other unanticipated problems, can cause issues from carpets getting saturated to drywall getting destroyed and even structural integrity potentially becoming compromised. No matter what happens, we’ll get you back up and running quickly and thoroughly.
Weather-related disaster damage. Natural disasters affect one out of every three businesses, and many of them are not prepared. One way to be prepared is to know what to do between disaster and the completion of your restoration. We can set your business up with a SERVPRO Emergency Ready Plan, which will help you know exactly what to do if disaster should strike.
Regardless of the nature or severity of your needs, we can assist you in getting back to business as quickly as possible.
Contact SERVPRO of Carrollton when you’re ready to have the best in disaster cleaning and recovery on your side. We’re here to assist you in preparing for or recovering from a catastrophe.
Have a Strong Commercial Fire Safety System
A fire can happen to any business. If your workplace experiences any damage from fire, contact SERVPRO of Carrollton.
Fires can cause serious damage and inconvenience to businesses. Ensuring that you are prepared for a fire before it happens will protect your employees and your facility.
With these four critical components, you can construct a solid fire safety system that will help curb a fire if one happens to spark up at your workplace.
Smoke and Fire Alarms
When it comes to fire safety in the workplace, the first and most important line of defense is a working fire and smoke alarm system. Everyone is alerted when the fire alarm goes off, indicating that there is a possible threat and that an emergency evacuation is required.
Fire extinguishers are really only helpful for small fires, but knowing how to use one could prevent extreme damage to your facility. When using fire extinguishers, you and your employees should use OSHA’s “PASS” system:
P—Pull the pin on the extinguisher
A—Aim at the base of the fire
S—Squeeze the handle
S—Sweep at the fire, and move side to side
The usage of a sprinkler system is important as well. Sprinkler systems can be programmed to activate when the temperature reaches a specific level and can douse even very large flames.
You’ll likely need a professional inspector to provide regular inspections to ensure sprinkler and standpipe systems are properly maintained and running. As with any emergency equipment that is not used every day, ensuring it is in working condition regularly is essential.
Emergency Lighting and Signage
Conditions may be hectic and confusing during a fire. The building’s electrical power also often goes out. It might be difficult to see or navigate the building due to power outage, sprinklers going off, as well as smoke in the air.
People are more likely to be able to see well enough to leave the building and find safety if the facility is equipped with backup emergency lights that turn on automatically, along with lighted exit signs.
A fire can happen to any business. If your workplace happens to be affected, SERVPRO of Carrollton has expert fire restoration professionals who can assist you immediately.
The 2 Most Common Causes of Commercial Water Damage
Water damage doesn’t wait for a convenient time to cause problems. SERVPRO of Carrollton is ready 24 hours a day.
When you’re running a business, it’s easy to let a few things slip your mind. Perhaps checking your facility for water damage is one of those tasks. Water damage can sneak in quietly, but can pack a big punch if it isn’t found and treated quickly.
Water damage can cause expensive losses for business. Thankfully, it’s not impossible to find and address water damage early on, before it gets to be a major issue.
There are a lot of ways water can creep into your facility, but these two are the most common:
Leaks in the plumbing system. A pipe breaks, an appliance hose ruptures or if your facility has a fire, the suppression sprinkler system turns on and drenches your facility in water.
Pipes may also unexpectedly leak during freezing conditions due to frozen water. Burst pipes are sometimes difficult to detect since they are not as visible from the surface and may not always result in obvious puddles of standing water.
Water stains near piping areas or the development of musty odors are evidence of plumbing leaks. You might notice the stains on the ceiling, running down the walls or on your floors.
Roof leaks. Leaky roofs are often the result of severe rainfall combined with insufficient or incorrect roof drainage. Excessive rainfall, such as that seen during natural disasters, may often result in widespread damage when it leaks inside.
This sort of damage has the potential to develop further if it goes unnoticed with fewer people in the facility, like overnight or on a weekend. Roof damage may also result in secondary damage such as unsightly mold development, if left unattended for an extended period of time.
Commercial property insurance typically provides coverage for unforeseen pipe bursts, malfunctioning appliances and sprinkler system water damage caused by a property fire. Insurance also often includes coverage for damage to major equipment, which is crucial in the event of roof water leaks.
Water damage doesn’t wait for convenient times to cause problems, and we don’t wait for convenient times to respond. If water damage creeps up at your commercial property, SERVPRO is ready 24 hours a day and seven days a week to help.
Fires on Construction and Renovation Sites
If your construction project should be hindered by an unfortunate fire, contact SERVPRO of Carrollton.
A 2020 report by the National Fire Protection Association gives us insight into the most common fire dangers of unfinished properties. Some of these properties are in the construction phase, and some are undergoing major renovations. The published results are the culmination of a five-year study, looking at fires of this nature from 2013–2017.
These details serve to encourage adoption and adherence to NFPA standards and codes while building and renovating, in order to avoid the added cost and time of dealing with fires as a result of code violations.
The top three causes of construction and renovation fires are in a virtual tie for occurrence percentage, though their resulting damage varies. Electrical failure or malfunction causes 15% of construction fires, while another 14% each come from abandoned or discarded materials and heat sources too close to combustible materials.
Electrical malfunction also causes 16% of civilian injuries in these types of fires, while discarded material and combustion from heat sources cause 6% and 19%, respectively. Also of note is that fires caused by heat sources being too near to combustibles causes almost one fifth of all direct property damage from construction fires.
There are a few other causes of significance, though none with quite the impact of the top three. These include welding and cutting in close proximity to flammable materials or objects, unattended equipment, failure to properly clean work areas and various misuses of materials. The combination of these add up to 26% of construction fires and 27% of civilian injuries, but only 11% of property damage from fires on construction sites.
Adherence to fire codes and proper methodologies could prevent most of these unfortunate fires, and while it’s not always the most convenient way to do this, following these well-researched, thoughtfully crafted prevention codes is the safest way to manage any construction or renovation project.
Considering fire agencies respond to more than 6,000 construction fires alone each year, this report shows us that we’ve still got some ground to make up when it comes to proper fire safety methods.
If your construction project should be hindered by an unfortunate fire, we’re here to help, regardless of the cause. Contact SERVPRO of Carrollton to find out how we can help you get back on track.
Why Preparing for a Disaster Makes Good Business Sense
If your business is damaged in a disaster, we are here to help you. Contact SERVPRO of Fayette/S. Fulton Counties about commercial restoration 24/7.
There are many things that business owners must think about throughout their day-to-day operations, and for many of them, adding something extra onto this task list may seem impossible.
While this is understandable, when it comes to preparing for a disaster, it is imperative that business owners make the time to consider it. Many businesses do not get the chance to recover from a disaster, and while you can’t plan for everything, it is important to prepare for what you can.
Not only will disaster planning help you and your employees stay safer in advance of and during a disaster, but it also makes good businesses sense. Disaster recovery can be too difficult for businesses who have not prepared, rendering them unable to reopen. However, by thinking ahead and utilizing your resources, you can reduce the likelihood that this scenario will happen to you.
How Disaster Preparedness Helps a Business’ Bottom Line
You can quickly pursue restoration to prevent further damage. When you know which commercial restoration company you will work with, you are at an advantage, as you can immediately place the call to them once you discover damage at your business. This gets you in the queue faster, so you can receive a rapid response and prevent more damage from occurring in the meantime.
You can utilize your resources efficiently. After a disaster is declared, the Small Business Administration provides loans for business owners to help with the cost of recovery. If you know about these options in advance, you can apply right away when the time comes to receive these funds as quickly as possible.
You can lessen the time of closure. It is to be expected that you will have to close your doors for at least a bit while you have the damage restored and prepare to resume operations again, but by planning ahead, you can significantly reduce this time. By making your recovery as efficient as possible, you can get your doors reopened quickly so you can continue to do what you love.
If your business is damaged in a disaster, we are here to help you. Contact us about commercial restoration 24⁄7 to learn more or to report damages to your business after a disaster.
Disaster Recovery You Can Count On
SERVPRO of Fayette/S. Fulton Counties is your local restoration expert. When disaster strikes north Georgia, we are ready to help.
Part of being a responsible homeowner is knowing the weather patterns of the region—it informs how you build, how you plan, even how you dress. If you live near the Atlantic coast, you know tropical storms are an issue. In the West, wildfires are particularly dangerous.
Living in north Georgia means being aware of the inherent risk of natural disasters for this area. There’s always a risk of flooding when you get the amount of rain we see here, and our risk of tornadoes in Fulton County is much higher than both the national average and the average across the rest of the state.
Knowing that risk means you should also know how you’re going to handle recovery efforts for your home or business, should they become damaged by a tornado or other disastrous event. You need to know that when something bigger than a DIY solution is needed, you’ve got someone you can reach out to. Here’s why that someone should be us.
We’re “Faster to Any Size Disaster.” Why? Because when it comes to recovery, speed matters. Homes that sit and soak in mold and smoke are never the same without extensive rebuilding. Around 90% of businesses that don’t recover quickly after a disaster fail to stay open at all. Contacting SERVPRO means you’ve got a team on the way, right away. And we’re available 24⁄7 for emergency assistance.
We’re the experts. Nobody does it like SERVPRO. When you’ve been around as long as we have, you learn to get right to the heart of disaster recovery. We’ve pioneered new techniques, innovated home and business solutions, and earned us the reputation of being the leading name in the restoration and recovery space. When you want your home restored to its full glory, you call the experts in green.
Help is on the way. Large-scale disasters bring a flurry of necessary recovery activity, but that shouldn’t mean you have to wait, or that your work gets pushed aside for bigger projects. That’s why when the area is hit with major storms or disaster events, we can call on the power of the national SERVPRO network, bringing extra teams and resources in to help. Your work never stops until the recovery is complete, because we’ll be on the scene in full force to get it done.
When disaster strikes north Georgia, we’re here to help. Contact SERVPRO of Fayette/S. Fulton Counties to see how you can get the best team in the game on your side.
Does Your Business have a Water Damage Prevention Plan?
If water damage should become an issue, call SERVPRO of Carrollton. We are your local restoration team.
Carrollton business owners know that water damage incidents ruin products, important devices, and pieces of technology, delay business and wreak havoc on your building’s interior. And though no business owner wants to have to deal with water situations, a surprisingly low number of business owners actually take the proper measures to prevent one.
Most offices have a plan for fires—procedures, planned escape routes and even drills. But your business is statistically more likely to encounter water damage than to experience a fire, so it’s of high import to make sure you know the risks and the measures necessary to protect your building, your assets, and the people who make it all run.
Your Water Damage Prevention Plan
There’s not a hard and fast, one-size-fits-all solution for water damage prevention, so it’s important to take into account the needs of your business, the tendencies of extreme weather in your area and even the time of year, because needs may change during different seasons. But a few basic action points should be part of your overall plan, including:
Utilize insurance inspections and routine examinations, which can identify current water risks and leakage situations and make recommendations about needed changes and routine maintenance programs going forward. Insurance inspectors will know where to look for weaknesses in your plumbing system and other common areas of water emergency.
Create a team of leaders who have been trained for water response, equipped with water intrusion response kits.
Have a thorough knowledge of your water system’s shutoff mechanism, whether it includes a single shut-off or multiple zones. Make sure your teams know who has responsibility and authority to shut off water mains or zones in an emergent situation.
Maintain your contractor contacts for emergencies—aka keep SERVPRO of Carrollton on speed dial.
Consider using modern water-detection technology that can alert you to a possible situation before you would otherwise become aware, especially in areas that don’t always receive attention.
These steps will get you on your way toward minimizing the likelihood of damage from a surprise water situation. And make sure your insurance covers water damage, including floods, just in case your prevention methods can’t overcome a water incursion.
SERVPRO of Carrollton is nearby and trained to take care of water situations quickly. If water damage should become an issue, just call or click, and we’ll be there right away to help.
Damage Due to Vandalism
Recognized as a leading fire and water cleanup and restoration provider by hundreds of insurance companies, SERVPRO® of Carrollton also offers fast, reliable biohazard and crime scene cleanup* and restoration services to residential and commercial property owners.
Exposure to biological and chemical contaminants can pose serious health consequences for building occupants, employees, customers, and owners. A failure to properly handle and safely remove such hazardous substances can contribute to unhealthy and even dangerous environments.
SERVPRO® of Carrollton professionals are trained to safely and effectively remove biohazardous substances and prepare waste for proper disposal according to OSHA, EPA, and state and local health regulations.
Equipped with the necessary safety equipment and cleaning products, SERVPRO® of Carrollton helps turn unsafe environments into clean, safe homes and offices.
SERVPRO® of Carrollton can help with the following issues:
- Bloodborne Pathogens
- Methamphetamine Labs
- Crime Scene Residues
- Sewage Backups
- Black Water Intrusions
- Mold Mitigation and Remediation
State and local regulations vary. Contact SERVPRO® of Carrollton today at 770-258-7557 for 24-hour emergency service.
*Services vary by location
**Courtesy of Restoration Newsline Vol 29, Iss 6
Making Sure Your Business Is Able to Recover Quickly After a Disaster
If you need assistance after a disaster impacts your business, SERVPRO of Carrollton is the team to call.
For a business owner, there are few things that can be more devastating than a natural disaster
impacting your area. Not only does a natural disaster put the safety of you and your staff
members at risk, but it can threaten the very future of the business you have worked so hard to build, too.
It is likely no surprise that small businesses are hit the hardest during natural disasters, so as a
business owner, it is vital to be sure you are preparing in every way you can.
If you are impacted by a disaster at your business, one of the best things you can do is ensure you are prepared to reopen again as soon as possible. By making sure in advance that you
have an adequate disaster recovery plan and insurance coverage in place, you can do your
best to mitigate the impact of a disaster and get back to business as soon as possible.
How to Prepare Your Business to Recover From a Natural Disaster
**Be sure you have proper insurance coverage.** The world of business insurance can be complicated, but it is one that is worth gaining an understanding of for any small business owner. Generally, your property will be covered by your commercial policy, but there are other things, such as flood damage, loss of income and interruption costs, that will require a different
policy altogether. It is important that you understand what is and is not covered so you can
purchase additional insurance if necessary.
**Understand the resources available to you.** Through the American Small Business
Association, business owners have disaster recovery loans available to them if they are in a
declared disaster area. These loans are often provided with very low interest rates and
generous repayment terms so you can use them as funding to tackle damage and get reopened
without the worry of going into extreme amounts of debt.
**Craft a plan for your restoration process.** Knowing who to call when you have damage to your business is a must for having it handled quickly and efficiently. In a disaster scenario, there will be many private residences and businesses vying for damage restoration, so it is vital to choose a company that can handle the volume and respond to your damages quickly.
*If you need assistance after a disaster impacts your business, we are the team to call. We are
here 24/7 and have the resources to handle any size disaster. Contact us today to learn more.*
Wet or Dry Sprinkler Systems: Which is Right for your Business?
Should your business have fire damage, trust the experts at SERVPRO of Carrollton to get your doors open quickly.
While there are many sprinkler system types, the two most commonly used are wet and dry sprinkler systems. Fire Systems, Inc. repairs, installs, and inspects all types of sprinkler systems for commercial businesses in Atlanta and the state of Georgia. Fire Systems can help you choose which sprinkler system is best for your fire protection needs.
Wet vs. Dry Pipe Sprinkler Systems
Both wet and dry sprinkler systems extinguish fires using water, just in different ways.
In a wet system, the pipes are filled with pressurized water. When a fire occurs, the system immediately discharges water to extinguish the fire.
Conversely, dry systems are filled with pressurized nitrogen or air that keeps water at a riser. When a dry sprinkler system goes off, the pressure in the pipes drops, a valve opens, and water flows through the pipes and out to extinguish the fire.
Wet Sprinkler Systems
The sprinkler heads in a wet system are connected to pipes that are filled with water. The system automatically goes off when a fire is detected. Wet sprinkler systems are the number one choice for most businesses because they’re simple to use and require little maintenance. This system type is also very reliable since the water is automatically dispersed when a fire occurs.
Dry Sprinkler Systems
Sprinkler heads in a dry sprinkler system are connected to pipes that are filled with pressurized nitrogen or air. The gas or gas holds back water until a fire is detected.
Dry systems are the second most commonly used system. They are ideal for unheated buildings, parking garages, and warehouses since these types of properties can experience temperatures below 40°F (4.44 °C). Dry systems are also recommended for protecting areas that store sensitive equipment to minimize damage.
Protecting Your Property Against Vandalism
Should your business become the victim of vandals, trust the experts at SERVPRO of Carrollton to assist with the cleanup.
Virtually all business properties are subject to vandalism. Vandals can strike anywhere: in cities, suburbs, and rural areas. Fortunately, there are steps businesses can take to discourage vandals from targeting their property.
What Is Vandalism?
While the definition of vandalism varies from state to state, the term generally means the intentional damage, destruction or defacement of someone's property without the owner's permission. Vandalism is a criminal act and is prohibited by state laws. It may qualify as a misdemeanor or a felony, depending on the amount of financial damage that's involved. Some states refer to vandalism as criminal mischief or malicious mischief.
Why and Where It Occurs
People may commit acts of vandalism for a number of reasons. Here are some of them:
- Punish a business or industry
- Express frustration
- Communicate an ideology or political beliefs
- Express hate
- Show off artistic skills
- Express gang affiliations
Vandals may target buildings, personal property or both. According to the Urban Institute, vandals typically strike in the late evening when business property is unattended. Juvenile offenders may commit acts in the afternoon after school has let out.
Vandals often target public or semi-public property like buses, train stations, and street signs. Such property is easy to access and is often poorly protected. Vandals may also hit private property that's in close proximity to public areas.
Effects of Vandalism
Vandalism can impact your business in a number of ways. First, it can damage your property. Damaged or defaced property requires time, effort, and money to repair. Secondly, vandalism may cause your business to lose income if the vandalized property cannot be used and is essential to your operations.
Thirdly, graffiti, trash, and other types of defacement can have a negative effect on your company's image. Such damage can deter potential customers from entering your premises. Fourthly, vandalism can lower the value of your property. Property that has been damaged or defaced may be unattractive to potential buyers or tenants. Finally, some types of vandalism, such as broken windows, can cause bodily injury to employees or visitors.
While you cannot prevent all acts of vandalism, you can discourage vandals from striking your property by taking the steps outlined below. Additional suggestions for thwarting vandals are available from the Urban Institute's website.
- Keep property tidy.Keep your premises clean, tidy, and free of trash. Disorder attracts vandals.
- Maintain good lighting.Make sure your property is well-lit at night. Check light bulbs regularly.
- Install cameras.Install video cameras to monitor activity on your premises. When crimes have occurred, police can use your recorded video to catch the perpetrators.
- Consider shrubbery or fencing.Fencing or shrubbery can discourage vandals from entering your property. Shrubs that have prickly or scratchy leaves like holly and pyracantha can help keep intruders away.
- Consider break-resistant glass.Glass that is break-resistant or coated with security film is stronger than regular glass and difficult for vandals to penetrate.
- Don't ignore it!Vandalism tends to beget more vandalism and can encourage other types of property crimes. Thus, you should make repairs and remove graffiti promptly. Your quick response shows that you care about your property and won't tolerate its defacement.
- Contact authorities.The police department can't respond to crimes it isn't aware of. Report all vandalism to your local police department. The department may increase patrols in your area or create a hotline for reporting incidents.
- Share information.Ask other business owners in your area if they have experienced acts of vandalism and share the information you collect with other businesses. The information may reveal patterns. For example, vandals may be striking at certain times of the day or on certain days of the week.
- Join a business watch group.Business watch groups are similar to neighborhood watch groups. Group members work to reduce crime by keeping an eye on each other's property. If no watch group exists in your area, you can start one yourself. Tips on how to do this are available from the National Neighborhood Watch website.
Most commercial property policies purchased by small business owners cover "all risks," meaning they cover damage caused by any peril that's not specifically excluded. These policies rarely exclude vandalism, so this peril is covered. Most named perils policies also cover vandalism.
Most all-risk policies don't define the term vandalism. This word is defined in many named perils forms. In the ISO named perils forms, vandalism means willful and malicious damage to, or destruction of, the described property.
Two perils that may occur in conjunction with vandalism are riot and civil commotion. These perils are normally covered under both named perils and all-risk property forms. When people commit violent acts during a civil disturbance, they often target business-owned property. Property that has been vandalized by rioters may be subject to looting. Looting is normally covered in conjunction with riot and civil commotion.
Vacant buildings are highly prone to vandalism. Consequently, many property policies contain a vacancy provision like the one found in the ISO property policy. It eliminates coverage for losses caused by vandalism (and several other perils) if the building has been vacant for more than 60 consecutive days.
The meaning of vacant varies depending on whether the insured is a tenant or a landlord. If the insured is a tenant, the unit or suite rented by the policyholder is considered vacant if it doesn't contain enough business personal property for the insured to conduct its ordinary operations. If the insured is the building owner, the building is vacant if less than 31 percent of it is being used by the owner or a tenant to conduct its customary operations. The vacancy provision appears in the policy conditions.
If a building you own or rent will be vacant for more than 60 days, ask your insurer for an endorsement called a Vacancy Permit. This endorsement suspends the vacancy clause for a period of time. It may be available only if you verify that the building is adequately protected from vandals, freezing, and other perils.