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Commercial Fire Sprinklers...How much Water do they release?

4/10/2019 (Permalink)

FAQ: Sprinklers

What are automatic fire sprinklers? Automatic fire sprinklers are devices that are installed in the ceilings or on the walls near the ceilings that are essentially nozzles that will spray water on a fire - automatically.

What sets a sprinkler off? Sprinklers are activated by heat, generally 135°F or higher. The only way there is going to be this much heat in a room is when there is a fire.

How quickly will a sprinkler activate? Within minutes, possibly seconds, after a fire breaks out a sprinkler will activate, much faster than any fire department can get on the scene. With many fire departments, once you add up the time for the call to 911, processing the call, dispatching the fire fighters, driving to the fire, and advancing a hose line into the building about 10 minutes will pass by. All this time, the fire continues to grow, and grow and grow...

How many sprinklers are set off by a fire? A vast majority of the time only one or two sprinkler heads activate. It is not like in the movies where you see all of them go off. Each one operates independently of the other ones and opens only if more water is needed to control the fire.

Will a sprinkler go off all by itself if there is no fire? No. In residence halls, campus fire marshals say that the most common reason for sprinkler heads going off when there isn’t a fire are Frisbees and footballs. Sprinklers are pretty rugged, but even a direct hit with a football can be more than it will stand.

Are sprinklers only in residence halls, hotels, and places like that? No, sprinklers can be everywhere--off-campus apartments, houses, restaurants, nightclubs, bars, and movie theaters. Look for them when you are out and especially in places where you are living or staying.

Are sprinklers used in houses? Residential sprinkler systems are designed specifically for one- and two-family homes.

Do sprinklers cause a lot of water damage? Typically you hear about the water damage that is caused by a sprinkler. What you don’t hear about is the damage that was avoided by not having a fire, or the lives that may have been lost. Wet contents can be dried out. Burned ones cannot be saved. Lives cannot be replaced. Burn injuries are forever. Water damage from a sprinkler system will be much less severe than the damage caused by water from firefighting hose-lines or smoke and fire damage if the fire goes unabated. Quick response sprinklers release 8 to 24 gallons of water per minute compared to 50 to 125 gallons per minute released by a firehose.

Source: USFA Sprinkler Myths and Fact Sheet

Water Damage in Commercial Residential Properties

4/4/2019 (Permalink)

Water damage is one of the major causes of loss in commercial residential properties. Each year there are numerous insurance claims for damage to residential buildings and their contents caused by water. The problem has increased in recent years through our increasing use of water in our daily lives. In the average residential property water is used in a range of domestic appliances, including: washing machines, dishwashers, water coolers, refrigerators with chilled water dispensers, etc. Also, showers with multiple heads and power showers are now commonplace. Premises adapted for people with disabilities often include wet rooms. All of these facilities represent a potential water damage risk if a failure occurs. Many modern residential buildings are now constructed from lightweight materials which are unlikely to withstand severe exposure to water. Ornate building features and contents such as carpets, curtains and valuable paintings are particularly sensitive to water damage. Mold or corrosion can develop and they may easily be damaged beyond economical repair or salvage. The unusual rainfall pattern seen in recent years has caused flooding in areas historically considered to be at low risk, and both the frequency and the size of flood losses has increased significantly. Many other losses are caused by failure of the building’s internal water supply system (eg. burst pipes). Buildings which suffer regular problems of water damage, whether it be from external sources such as rainwater ingress or flooding, or internal leaks from pipework, etc, are less attractive to tenants. They are likely to be more difficult to let and may well command reduced rental income compared to other similar buildings which do not suffer the same problems. This information is intended to assist property owners by providing information on the various ways in which water damage can occur in commercial residential buildings, and to suggest ways in which the risk of an incident and the magnitude of any subsequent consequential loss may be prevented or reduced. Although the guidance is aimed specifically at commercial residential buildings, the general principles apply just as much to most types of other commercial properties.

Commercial Mold Removal

2/18/2019 (Permalink)

Why do I have mold on my premises?

Mold in a commercial property can be caused by water damage or water intrusion from various sources such as a roof, window or plumbing leaks. The humidity caused by the presence of moisture combined with the warmth and poor ventilation in a property gives mold the perfect conditions to develop, and it can spread quickly if left unchecked. This can cause damage to internal structures, damage to products in storage and is also a serious health risk for you, your customers and your staff.

Should I Clean Mold Myself?

It may be tempting to clean the mold off of surfaces yourself, however, this will only remove the surface mold. Although an area may look clean of mold, there will be spores within the surface that you will not be able to reach with household cleaning items. The spores that are left will continue to multiply and grow and the surface growth will soon be visible again. A few things you can do in the case of a mold infestation are:

  • Turn off your HVAC system if you have one
  • Make sure that movement in the area is limited to prevent spores from transferring elsewhere
  • Do not touch or disturb the affected areas
  • Make sure that you vacate the property

What Will a Mold Removal Team do?

If you have a mold infestation on your premises, you should call SERVPRO of Baldwin and Monroe certified mold removal professionals as soon as possible. They will be able to determine the cause of the mold growth and remove all spores from the property ensuring that it is fully eliminated.

Our team will carry out a preliminary assessment of the problem to ascertain the severity of the infestation and the underlying cause. Mold isn’t always visible to the human eye so our experts will use special equipment to clean areas that are affected or that have high moisture levels that will encourage future mold growth.

Once the assessment and containment of the mold are complete, our team will then remove the mold at the source ensuring that there are no mold spores present within the premises to safeguard against further infestation. Finally, the team will remove the underlying cause of the infestation by repairing the affected area to stop the further intrusion of water.

If left untreated, mold can cause serious structural damage to your commercial property such as brickwork and drywall which could lead to more serious issues that will take longer and cost more to correct in addition to the loss of business while the premises are being treated and repaired. Call SERVPRO of Baldwin and Monroe today at 478-452-8000 for a consultation.

SERVPRO's Disaster Recovery Team

2/15/2019 (Permalink)

The SERVPRO Commercial Large Loss Division is comprised of the best in restoration. Our elite large-loss specialists are prequalified and strategically positioned throughout the nation to handle any size disaster.

Every large loss is supervised by a commercial operations manager to help ensure seamless communication and timely mitigation.

At SERVPRO, the difference is our ability to dispatch trained production professionals and cut costs through the strategic placement and oversight of temporary labor. Get the professionals, call SERVPRO.

Clients for the Commercial Large Loss program include the following:

  • The Hospitality Industry
  • Property Managers
  • Universities
  • Municipalities
  • The Pentagon

Should a storm or major event strike, call 1-800-SERVPRO

Catastrophic Storm and Major Event Response

The SERVPRO Disaster Recovery Team can provide help whether you're dealing with a tornado, hurricane, blizzard or flood. The SERVPRO System has a network of strategically positioned storm teams on standby should a disaster strike near you. Available 24 hours a day and 365 days a year, SERVPRO Franchise Professionals are prepared for the unpredictable.

With the ability to mobilize local command centers, along with the resources of more than 1,700 Franchises nationwide, no disaster is too big. Recent mobilizations of the Catastrophic Storm Response Teams include:

  • 2018 Hurricane Michael
  • 2017 California wildfires
  • 2017 Hurricane Irma
  • 2017 Hurricane Harvey
  • 2016 Hurricane Matthew
  • 2015 Carolina floods
  • 2014 Polar Vortex
  • 2012 Sandy
  • 2010 Nashville floods
  • 2008 Ike
  • 2007 Chicago floods
  • 2007 Ohio floods
  • 2007 California wildfires
  • 2005 Katrina/Wilma/Rita

4 Critical Steps in Preventing Commercial Water Damage

2/11/2019 (Permalink)

We’ve all been asked the question, “In a fire, what would you grab first?” For a homeowner, that’s an easy answer. Most of us would choose precious keepsakes, photos, and a few prized possessions. However, when disaster comes knocking on the door of a business, there can be dozens of critical documents, files, records, and technical equipment that are indispensable in the smooth flow of business operations. Each item has a specific function and importance. When commercial buildings undergo a natural disaster of any sort, it can be an intricate and complicated process to recover critical information. Commercial water damage is a huge blow and needs to be both prevented and prepared for. This article explores realistic and simple tips for commercial building owners to help them keep their business free from the destruction of water damage.

1. Conduct Regular Inspections


The components of a commercial building are diverse and complex. Unlike residential property, commercial buildings tend to have major external HVAC components, roofs decorated with an array of pipes and fans, and large utility rooms. This equipment can be intimidating for many. The best way to keep the harrowing weather outside is to hire a professional to conduct frequent and thorough inspections. Although the building may be in great condition four times out of five, the occasional adjustment or repair can save hundreds in water damage restoration costs.

3. Locate shut-off valves

Without peeking at an emergency plan, are team members in the building able to identify where major water shut-off valves are? If they aren’t easily accessible, does every employee know who in the building to contact in case of an unexpected water
overflow or pipe burst? In a high-stress situation, most individuals are only able to recall previously learned information rather than think on their feet. A few minutes to locate shut-off valves will ensure proper performance when it counts. SERVPRO offers a no-cost solution referred to as an Emergency Ready Profile to help aid in this measure.

4. Keep Valuable Stock Secure

Even with intensive preparation, water doesn’t pick favorites. Naturally, the last items you want to jeopardize are your business’s critical documents, paperwork, and brainstormed plans. This can be as extensive as purchasing a company safe or as simple as obtaining waterproof file cabinet that sits a few feet above the ground. If documents are damaged, SERVPRO offers a specialized document restoration process.

5. Have a Plan B

If your business undergoes extensive flooding, what temporary plans are in place? Ideally, each commercial building should have options for temporary office space and plans to inform clients of temporary changes in the case of severe water damage.
Additionally, it’d never be a poor use of time to electronically back up critical paperwork. By being prepared, businesses can quickly adapt to changes without experiencing the common hiccups associated with water damage. Commercial water damage restoration in shouldn’t be completed by a regular residential restoration company. With experience in restoring commercial buildings from the ground up, SERVPRO can be fully trusted to deliver quality results. Keep our number in your back pocket if your commercial building has undergone any degree of water damage...478-452-8000!

4 Warning Signs of a Burst Pipe

1/7/2019 (Permalink)

4 warning signs of a burst pipe in your home/business

It usually doesn't take long to figure out if you have a busted pipe. From atypical sounds to weird smells and visible leaks, here are a few ways you can use your senses to detect hidden plumbing problems.

1. Listen up

If you hear bubbling, whistling, or banging and clanking when you use the sink or flush the toilet, it could be a sign of a broken pipe.

2. Do a sniff test

If drains, sinks, or other areas of your house emit weird odors, there's a possibility that sewage isn't being properly transported from your house through its pipes. And if the water from your faucets has an unpleasant smell, it could be a sign of corrosion or contamination in your plumbing system.

3. Take a look around

Bulging and discoloration of your home's walls and ceiling can signal a burst pipe. If you notice damp drywall or ceiling tiles, puddles of water, or any other visible leaks, it's wise to get a professional inspection as soon as possible.

4. Other signs

If you've been using the same amount of water as usual but your water bill suddenly skyrockets, it might be an indicator of a busted pipe or other plumbing issues. The same can be said for frequent backups or clogs, as well as little to no water pressure when trying to use the dishwasher, laundry machine, or any other faucet in your house.

Drying Out Your Hotel After Plumbing Failure And Water Damage

1/2/2018 (Permalink)

Plumbing Failure And Water Damage

Almost every business owner has had to deal with minor plumbing emergencies at some point. However, when your hotel has experienced significant water damage from a more substantial plumbing issue, such as a burst pipe, you need to act fast. Once the water is shut off, you have a big mess on your hands to clean up.

Since you cannot afford downtime in the hotel business, you want to get the help of professionals for your commercial water damage. SERVPRO has the staff and tools you need who can come to your aid anytime you need. We move quickly and do our best not to disturb any of your guests who are already in the hotel in other areas.

Drying out your hotel and the contents quickly is essential. Four things determine the amount of time needed for drying which includes the amount of water that needs to be evaporated, the temperature, humidity, and air movement.

Drying happens faster when rooms are heated between seventy to ninety degrees since hot air holds more moisture. If heat is not available, we may use portable heaters. The temperature in the affected areas should ideally be between seventy and eighty degrees. Temperatures over eighty-five degrees on the first days of drying could create too much moisture in the air, causing secondary damage if there are not enough dehumidifiers.

The more water SERVPRO techs can extract or pump out of the structure, the less we need to remove with dehumidifiers. Liquids are easier and faster to remove than gas, and extraction physically is twelve hundred times as efficient than dehumidification is. We use a submersible pump if the water is two inches deep in the area affected. We spend extra time extracting, as it reduces drying time considerable.

Relative humidity is how much moisture the air currently is holding at a given temperature. For us to lower the RH to a comfortable and correct percentage, some of the water in the air has to be moved. We use dehumidifiers to do so, as it is the most efficient way of lowering relative humidity. They remove the evaporated moisture from the air.

Air movement is also crucial for drying. In a water-damaged room, air usually is humid and damp, slowing evaporation. Blowing damp air out and bringing in warm, dry air speeds up the process. We use air movers set in the proper positions to do so, and move where the air movers are as drying progresses to ensure thorough, even drying.

SERVPRO of Baldwin and Monroe are experts at drying out water-damaged buildings and move quickly so that your hotel has as little interruption as possible. Give us a call as soon as you realize there is a problem in your business.

Restoration of Commercial Fire Damage

1/2/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Technicians Thoroughly Restore Your Business Damage to Prevent Secondary Issues

Facing a fire damage situation can cause tremendous problems for the businesses in your area. Some fires may start relatively small, but all types of fire damage carry hidden consequences. Without the proper assistance, you may end up causing significant harm to your property. Fortunately, you have the opportunity here to contact reliable experts to assist you with getting your fire damage under control. Being knowledgeable of the steps involved in our restoration process will help you understand how to interact with the expertly trained technicians that we dispatch to your property.

Our headquarters, located in Milledgeville, specializes in commercial fire damage restorations. As a locally owned business, our expert staff works hard to provide our customers with the fast, efficient, and quality services that they deserve. The size of your fire damage event does not matter, we work with you and do our best to restore your property, "Like it never even happened."  Our franchise partnerships and resources are nationwide.

Inspection and Assessment - Our SERVPRO technicians begin the restoration process by inspecting the affected area to determine the extent of damage to your property. We use this examination to draw up a plan of attack, explain the necessary procedures to our customers and answer any questions that you might have about the restoration process that we are about to perform.

Preparation - After reviewing the required services with you and agreeing on a schedule, SERVPRO's expert technicians will begin preparing the equipment to needed to complete your restoration. When work begins, we will cordon off the affected area and make all the necessary preparations to ensure proper safety during the entire process.

Removing Odors - Burn odor removal is one of the most difficult parts of any cleanup procedure. These odors may linger in the air, causing additional damage to many surface areas. SERVPRO uses advanced cleaning technology to remove these pesky odors found within the affected area and stop them from having a chance of returning.

Our specialists take their time to address every detail of your restoration, making sure that any lingering smoke, residue, and fire damaged areas are taken care of and give you suggestions for preventing any future problems that may occur.

Contact our offices at SERVPRO of Baldwin and Monroe immediately with any questions you may have or if you would like to make an appointment today. 

You Need The Best Results When Your Warehouse Experiences Commercial Water Damage

1/2/2018 (Permalink)

Experiencing Commercial Water Damage

We know that your main concern is getting your business operations back to normal as soon as possible after any catastrophe, but commercial water damage is much more complex than most problems experienced by businesses today. Categories of water can quickly change from non-hazardous to very dangerous quickly. Water can spread in almost any direction, including up if conditions are right, and remaining flood waters can instantaneously ruin some certain products with even minute amounts.

Commercial water damage presents unique challenges because of the environment involved. From warehouses storing agricultural products to leather processing plants, inventory protection, and worker safety is both important to any business. Different types of water can cause damage, and even the cleanest water, category 1, can turn into the worst, category 3 when contaminants are present. These can happen when clean water is mixed or combined with another source of category 3 water, even if it is not causing any damage by itself (such as sewer water) or when bags of previously dry substances such as fertilizers or pesticides become saturated, and their contents leach into the water.

The damage to your inventory can also rapidly multiply. When products at the bottom of a stack can be a conduit for water by wicking it upwards toward other product that has not been damaged, it's common sense to get those products on top removed to a safer location. We have team members who can provide this service while our technicians work in other areas, protecting your business from increased inventory loss.

Stacked bags of concrete and other dry products that are designed to be mixed with water, oil, or other liquid just prior to use may seem to be in saleable condition until they are examined on their undersides where water has accumulated. These ruined items need to be removed and accounted for on inventory loss sheets. For insurance purposes, all products need to be re-inventoried and noted as to their condition before the conclusion of our restoration work.

After you've made the initial call to us, we can begin the restoration process. Returning your business to normal operations is important, and we understand the complexities involved in keeping your employees safe while protecting your business's bottom line. Call us, SERVPRO of Baldwin and Monroe any time, day or night, 365 days a year.

What You Need To Know About Commercial Fire Damage

1/2/2018 (Permalink)

Call SERVPRO for Commercial Fire Damage

Commercial fire damage is one of the most devastating experiences that a business owner can experience. In addition to doing severe damage to the structure of the building, fires can lead to excessive, standing water on the property as well as mold invasions. For these reasons and more, business leaders find it difficult to recover from a natural disaster or man-made accident. This is even the case when the business owner is an industry expert who manages the daily operations prudently. However, learning more about commercial fires and how fire damage remediation specialists can assist you is the first step towards limiting damages and preserving your equilibrium in the face of the disaster. Gather information you need regarding how to grapple with a fire by reviewing the data outlined below:

Fire Threats. There are several factors that can place a commercial property in harm's way leading to burning and fire damage. Some of the more prevalent factors include:
• lightning strike
• electrical fire
• blown fuse, overloaded circuitry
• adjoining business fire

The Importance Of Obtaining Business Fire Insurance

Unfortunately, some companies find that the losses endured due to a fire leave them unable to continue operating. Typically, companies who are not able to resume operations following the fire-damaging event did not maintain business interruption insurance. While any company impacted by a fire will have challenges with the fire damage restoration process, those that have business interruption insurance find it easier to keep their organizations functioning effectively. Because no company is invulnerable to fire and the damage it can cause, purchasing the insurance is important and advantageous. The insurance will cost roughly 10% more that the business owner's current premium. SERVPRO is well known for working with insurance and property management companies to expedite and mitigate the downtime and costs of the restoration.

Preventing Commercial Fire Damage: Strategies You Can Use

In addition to purchasing business interruption insurance, there are several strategies you can implement to decrease the impact of fire damage to your business. Some of them include:
- Avoiding the storage of flammable items on-site
- Checking your smoke alarms to ensure that they are functioning optimally, having fire extinguishers strategically placed
- Implementing a fire evacuation plan, no blocking of exit doors
- Turning off appliances and machinery when no one is present
- Ensuring that all machinery is in good condition
- Placing backup drives and important paperwork in a fireproof safe, utilizing the cloud for document backup

Call SERVPRO Today

Assessing and implementing fire damage preventative strategies are important for your Dallas business. You should also know who to call if a fire strikes your commercial property. A premier fire damage restoration company nearby is SERVPRO. Our IICRC-certified technicians offer 24/7/365 emergency services to ensure that your commercial fire damage services are addressed and resolved immediately. We're ready to assist you if the need ever arises. Our aim is to get your business back up and running.

Locally Owned Company with National Resources

SERVPRO of Baldwin and Monroe can respond immediately to your commercial fire damage emergency regardless of the size or scope of the damage. Call us to make it “Like it never even happened.”

Commercial Losses-What to do when it happens to you.

8/3/2017 (Permalink)

A water, fire or mold damage to your commercial space is the last thing you want to deal with. Unfortunately, it does happen but if it happens to you, know that SERVPRO of Baldwin and Monroe is "Here to help!" 

Here at SERVPRO, we know that your daily business is of the utmost importance and we are ready and willing to work with you to get your business back to working order with minimal disruption to your daily routine. From the first notice of loss, to the final day of drying, we will do our best to accommodate any special requests that your business may need. Whether that means providing services after your business is closed, working within strict time frames to meet deadlines, or just maintaining open communication with you and your insurance company, SERVPRO of Baldwin and Monroe has what it takes to make your commercial loss less of a nightmare. 

The Levels of Commercial Damage

8/3/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Baldwin and Monroe handles not only residential damage and restoration, but commercial as well.

There are three levels of commercial damage that are considered:

Level 1

Level 1 is a small commercial loss typically involving 15,000 square feet or less of affected floor space. If the facility was entirely affected, examples of a small commercial loss may include, but are not limited to, a stand-alone retail establishment, a small church, a daycare facility, a small shopping center, a small warehouse or manufacturing facility, or a stand-alone administrative building. A Level 1 loss can also be a small portion of a much larger structure.

Level 2

Level 2 is a midsize commercial loss typically involving 15,000 to 60,000 square feet of affected floor space. The building or buildings involved are usually multi-level or greatly divided spaces. If the facility was entirely affected, examples of a Level 2 loss may include, but are not limited to, a small multi-family property, a midsize church or school, a small shopping center, a multi-tenant administration facility, or a midsize warehouse or manufacturing facility. A Level 2 loss can also be just a portion of a much larger structure.

Level 3

Level 3 is a large commercial loss typically involving more than 60,000 square feet of affected floor space. The building or buildings involved will likely be large multi-level structures. If the facility was entirely affected, examples of a Level 3 loss can include, but are not limited to, a large church, hospital, school, or university; a large multi-family property; a mid- to high-rise retail or administration facility; a large industrial, manufacturing, or warehouse facility; or a large strip-style shopping center or shopping mall. This is the level at which it would be appropriate to refer to the project as a “large loss.”

Once our team determines the level of loss, the property is further assessed, and a team of appropriate size is dispatched to get the job done quickly and efficiently, and return your business to operation “Like it never even happened.”®

Commercial Loss Challenges

8/3/2017 (Permalink)

Fire losses account for approximately $2.3 billion in commercial and industrial direct property loss each year.  At times you can have large-loss fires that affect buildings such as apartments, facilities, and places people work. These types of losses affect multiple lives. It can take a lot of effort on everyone's part to provide support. Here are some tips for the property owner to consider during this time.

  • Make sure everyone is safe and away from the property. Safety is the number one concern.
  • Get the community involved in helping families or workers that may be affected
  • Bring your adjuster in early to help manage things such as photos, mitigation, documenting anything they need to.
  • Analyze your policy, including all clauses, additions, extensions, and exclusions.
  • Bring in experts to check out the damages
  • Communication is key. Everyone should stay in good contact to get the job done as smoothly as possible.
  • Know that the process can be long and require a lot of patience.

Commercial Loss - We're here to help!

8/3/2017 (Permalink)

Damage doesn't just happen at residential properties- it can strike your business, too! Thankfully, we are close by and ready to respond when disaster strikes.    

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. Learn more about our commercial services:

  • Commercial Water Damage Restoration
  • Commercial Fire Damage Restoration
  • Commercial Mold Remediation
  • Commercial Cleaning Services
  • Commercial Storm and Major Events

SERVPRO of Baldwin and Monroe is locally owned and operated, so we’re already close by and ready to respond immediately when you need us. We make disaster "Like it never even happened." Give us a call today!