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Is Your Commercial Building Ready For Spring?
Spring is the time to get your building clean and ready for the warmer weather. Dusting, cleaning floors which may have salt and residue from the harsh winter months, as well as washing windows. Landscape also comes to mind as the snow and ice can be particularly harsh on those areas.
Doing a full inspection of your property is very important to reduce the risks of water or mold damage after the harsh winter. Inspection of concrete and all outer walls of the property is necessary to prevent damage to the building. Freezing and settling of the building can cause cracks in walls or concrete. Those cracks will allow moisture to enter your building and can cause water damage or mold growth.
Also make sure to check gutters and drainage pipes to ensure water is properly being directed away from the building. Irrigation lines and exterior hose shit offs should be carefully inspected as they can easily be damaged by harsh winter weather.
Doing these inspections can help reduce the risk of water or mold damage in your business. If you cannot find the source of water in your building SERVPRO of Morris/Ottawa can help. We use thermal imaging cameras to detect moisture that is inside the wall. Give us a call today for more information. (815)416-0075
Maintaining Your Fire Sprinkler System
SERVPRO of Morris/Ottawa had several calls during the extreme cold from businesses suffering from a water loss due to a malfunction or pipe break in their sprinkler systems. Below are a few helpful tips to help ensure your sprinkler systems continue to work correctly.
1. Keep your system in service. Limit the amount of time your systems are shut down. Always know why they are being shut down and how long they will be out of service.
2. Consider your Fire Safety System while making changes or upgrades to your facility. Remember that adding extra office space or rearranging appliances can have a significant impact on your systems ability to control a fire event.
3. Don’t Alter the System. Sometimes during remodels the system can get overlooked. Do not paint the system or any part of it. Some functions of the system will not properly work if altered.
4. Maintain adequate heat. Make sure to maintain adequate heat for wet sprinkler systems. It is important to make sure all auxiliary drains are drained and continue to drain during freezing weather for all types of sprinkler systems.
5. Conduct all required inspections and testing. Make sure the system is routinely tested and maintained.
Portable Fire Extinguishers
Equipping your business with portable fire extinguishers can help put a fire out quickly in the event of an emergency. It can also help minimize damage caused by the fire. Below are tips on how to properly use a portable fire extinguisher.
Portable fire extinguishers can be life and property saving tools when used correctly. In order to operate an extinguisher, the National Fire Production Association suggests remembering the word pass
Pull the pin. Hold the nozzle pointing away from you and release the locking mechanism.
Aim low. Point the extinguisher at the base of the fire.
Squeeze the lever slowly and evenly.
Sweep the nozzle from side to side.
Should you have a fire in your business SERVPRO of Morris/Ottawa is available to assist 24 hours a day. Please give us a call at (815)416-0075.
Should I get my Commercial Building ducts cleaned?
Poor indoor air quality, inefficient air filteration, and duct leaks can all result in dust entering your duct systems. The dust can accumulate to the point that it starts breaking off and reentering the air. When this happens, you will notice your workspace becomes dusty faster.
High humidity in a commercial building can cause mold to develope in the duct systems. If this happens the mold spores will circulate through the whole building and can aggravate your employees allergies, asthma, and increase risk of upper respiratory infection.
Cleaning your duct systems can improve indoor air quality, improve the efficiency of your HVAC system, and extend your HVAC lifespan.
SERVPRO of Morris/Ottawa can inspect and clean your commercial ducts. Please give us a call so we can schedule your free estimate today. Call our friendly office staff at (815)416-0075.
Tips for Commercial Fire Prevention
As a business owner, you are probably aware of many threats to your business. Some of these are preventable and others may not be. Here are some simple steps that you and your staff can take to help reduce the risks of a fire breaking out in your workplace.
-Electrical fires contribute to a large percentage of reported fires each year, and in terms of damage loss, are often very costly. Electrical fires can easily be prevented . First never overload an outlet or power strip. Electrical outlets are only designed to handle a certain amount of electricity, so the more devices you plug into one increases the risk of an overload. Large appliances should never share an outlet.
- Keep flammable materials and chemicals away from electrical outlets and power strips as well as areas that experience higher than normal levels of heat.
- Keep clutter to a minimum. If a fire does break out having less clutter will keep the fire from traveling quicker.
- Make sure all emergency exits are are clutter and mess free.
These simple steps will help prevent fires. However be prepared for an emergency. Ask SERVPRO of Morris/Ottawa about their free no cost assessment of your building today.
Certified Document Deconstruction
Unfortunately, many businesses and government agencies have to dispose of counterfeit, faulty, expired or contaminated materials. All entries need to be certified that ther products and materials are destroyed. The guarentee of certified destruction is to protect one’s liabilities, brand image, or proprietary information. We guarentee certified deconstruction to give you the peace of mind that your documents are disposed of properly.
Weather you are responsible for 1,000 square feet or 100,000 be ready for the worst with the best, your trusted SERVPRO franchise in Morris,IL.
SERVPRO of Morris/Ottawa’s goal is to make the process as simple as possible for our customers. Contact SERVPRO of Morris/Ottawa today for more information on Document Restoration services.
We are always here to answer any questions you may have. Please give us a call at (815)416-0075
Are you ready for winter weather?
Are you prepared for the coming cold weather? Cold weather can have a huge impact on your home or business if you are not ready for it. From heavy rain and freezing temperatures to damaging winds, sleet, or snow, all can cause serious and costly property damage. While you cannot control the weather, you can take steps to be prepared and help take the sting out of winter weather. To help prevent costly damages due to weather, consider taking the following precautions to protect your property before colder weather hits.
Check your business property for downed tree limbs and branches. Wind, heavy rain, ice, and snow can cause branches to fall, which could cause damage to the property and potentially cause personal injuries.
Roofs, water pipes, and gutters should all be inspected to ensure they are in proper order. Gutter downspouts should be directed away from your building. Clear gutters of debris that may have gathered during the fall. Leaves and other obstructions can cause a damming effect, which can lead to roof damage and interior water problems.
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.
Protect water pipes from freezing by simply allowing water to drip when temperatures dip below freezing. If pipes are under a cabinet, leave the cabinet doors open, allowing warm inside air to circulate around the pipes. If the building has outdoor faucets, consider shutting water off at the main valve in the basement or crawl space. Once the valve is off, open the outdoor faucet to ensure it drains, preventing any remaining water from freezing in the pipe.
Ask your SERVPRO of Morris/Ottawa Professionals about completing an Emergency READY Profile for your business. The ERP is a no-cost assessment to your facility, and provides you with a plan to get back in business fast following a disaster.
Reduce Your Commercial Liability With 3 Simple Steps
Protect Your Property and Reduce Your Liability This Winter
Maintain your commercial building and minimizing your legal liabilities during the winter months by taking action to avoid hazards in your workplace environment. You can protect yourself, your employees and your customers by taking just a few simple precautions:
Use ice melt on sidewalks and walkways to ensuring the safety of passers buy, customers and employees.
Clean up dirt. A surprisingly large amount of dirt gets dragged into commercial building, especially . Dirt can cause significant damage to your flooring over time. To significantly reduce the amount of dirt and debris that gets dragged in, place utility mats inside and outside all entranced to the building.
Prevent slippery floors. Put utility mats down to minimize slippery surfaces created by snow and rain that gets dragged in when people enter your building. Place wet floor signs out whenever floors need to dry as well.
As a trusted leader in the restoration industry, SERVPRO of Morris/Ottawa provides 24-hour emergency service and is dedicated to being faster to any size disaster. We can respond immediately to your emergency and have the expertise to handle your restoration or cleaning needs. Your property’s appearance speaks volumes to your clients. When it’s impacted by fire or water damage, you need professional help. Every hour spent restoring your business is lost revenue and productivity. When you need professional cleaning or emergency restoration services, we have the training and resources to get your property back to business quickly.
Commercial Water Restoration Presents Unique Challenges
Know what to do in the event of water damage to your commercial property
There’s never a convenient time for flooding or water damage to strike your business. Every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. Commercial property damage restoration can present unique challenges and should take into account the following:
- Water Damage Restoration
- Applied Structural Drying
- Odor Control
Water damage restoration should be done as quickly as possible to minimize lost productivity and therefore lost revenue. The right equipment will allow you to detect hidden moisture and extract standing water quickly and efficiently
Applied structural drying requires measuring moisture content, tracking the recovery process and verifying that industry-standard criteria have been achieved. This is important to ensure the integrity of your property after flooding or water damage.
Odor control requires solutions that remove or break down odor causing compounds at the molecular level. The unpleasant odor caused by the water damage can last for weeks and even months after the initial incident so it’s critically important that odors are removed and not just covered up.
SERVPRO of Morris/Ottawa has the training, experience, and equipment to handle large commercial flooding or water damage emergencies. Whether your water emergency occurs in a small office building or big box store, we will respond quickly to mitigate the damage and manage the restoration project through to its completion.
Should I Have my Air Ducts Cleaned?
Should you pay for regular air duct cleaning?
Air duct cleaning has become a somewhat trendy topic as of late. People are increasingly interested in clean living, and indoor air quality is certainly an important aspect of that. Because of this, an entire industry has popped-up, practically overnight, based on air duct cleaning and indoor air quality. But the truth is, there is no research at present proving that routine duct cleaning improves the air quality or reduces dust in your home. Contrary to what some may claim, duct cleaning is often not necessary or recommended. If you replace your filters at the proper interval of every three months, then having your air ducts cleaned shouldn't be an issue. In fact, if your ducts have mold or too much dust in them, then there is a bigger problem that needs to be addressed and you most probably should have it checked out by a professional. It may be necessary to do this if your ducts have:
- Visible mold growth
- Ducts infested with vermin
- Dirt/dust clogged ducts
Even under the above circumstances, be cautious before paying for duct cleaning. The industry is rife with scams. Use a reputable service provider that will fix the cause of your problem.
As a trusted leader in the restoration industry, SERVPRO of Morris / Ottawa provides 24-hour residential and commercial services. As a locally owned and operated business, we’re dedicated to being faster to any size disaster, with the training, equipment, and expertise to handle your restoration and cleaning needs.
4 Easy Tips to Avoid A Holiday Lighting Mishap
Avoid an Electrical Fire This Holiday Season
Follow these 4 simple rules to avoid electrical mishaps this Christmas season
- Use UL-Listed lights and light strings. Underwriters Laboratories (UL) is a nationally recognized, independent product safety certification organization. UL Listing means that UL has tested representative samples of a product and determined that it meets UL's requirements.
- Check for damage. Check for damage to wire insulation, plugs and bulbs. Broken bulbs can be replaced, but damaged cords or plugs should be discarded and replaced.
- Replace bulbs with the same wattage. Using a higher wattage bulb your product is rated for can cause it to overheat and cause a fire.
- Use the right extension cord. Extension cords are rated for outdoor, indoor or indoor/outdoor use; use the correct one. Every extension cord has a certain wattage it can handle. Check that your cord is the appropriate gauge to handle the wattage of your Christmas decorations. Finally, get an extension cord that’s only as long as you need; the longer the cord, the less power it can deliver.
Restoring Your Morris/Ottawa Commercial Property After a Water Damage Event
Cleanup and restoration of commercial and residential property after a water damage event.
Flooding and water damage events at Morris/Ottawa 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 Morris/Ottawa
SERVPRO of Morris/Ottawa specializes in the cleanup and restoration of commercial and residential property after a water 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.