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Commercial Water Damage

2/2/2022 (Permalink)

Commercial building with flooded floor. SERVPRO specializes in the cleanup and restoration of commercial and residential property.

Flooding and water damage events in commercial properties are often complex with numerous issues that require a knowledgeable and flexible response. Whether it’s dealing with a relatively small water cleanup scenario or a large-scale event, SERVPRO works 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 Saginaw / Bay City  

SERVPRO specializes in the cleanup and restoration of commercial and residential property after a commercial water damage event. Our team 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. 

Invest in Carpet Cleaning for Your Business

1/14/2022 (Permalink)

Carpet being cleaned. Keeping your carpets clean will prolong its life.

Keeping your carpets clean will prolong its life. Businesses see a lot of foot traffic and with that comes dirt and debris. Here are a few preventative measures that can be taken to help make your carpets business ready.  

  • Using mats on the outside of doors and rugs on the inside can help reduce what is tracked inside. 
  • Keep sidewalks areas swept free of dirt, leaves, and grass clippings. 
  • Vacuum high traffic areas on a daily basis and all other areas as needed but at least every 2-3 days. 
  •  Have a specific plan in place for spills or spots when they happen. 
  • Have high traffic areas professionally cleaned at least once a month and all other areas every 3 months.   

Doing these tasks will help you keep your carpets looking great, your business running smoothly, and your clients or customers happy. SERVPRO can help keep your carpets clean. Call us at 989-752-8644 to get a quote today. 

We Can Treat Commercial Fire Damage

1/6/2022 (Permalink)

Fire damaged commercial factory. If you experience commercial fire damage, it is crucial to work with professionals who can help you restore your property.

If you experience commercial fire damage, it is crucial to work with professionals who can help you restore your property. However, fire damage can take many different forms. Watch out for the following types of Saginaw commercial fire damage and call the experts as soon as possible to prevent the damage from getting worse. 
 
One of the first and least dangerous types of fire damage is known as Class A fire damage. This kind of damage can occur on any property, and it is often the result of a solid catching fire and spreading throughout. The fire damage from Class A fires has quantifiable sources, and the solids may include rubber, plastic, paper or cloth. This damage may spread from a single source, and it is often easy for individuals to contain it if they are quick and isolate the burning source with a fire extinguisher. 
 
Class B fire damage is another variety, and it is one of the most dangerous types that could occur. Class B fire damage typically results from flammable liquids or from solids that have become liquefied. These are commonly caused by melted plastics and waxes as well as various types of oils, including petrol and grease. While they are often caused by materials similar to cooking oil, cooking oil fires do not often count as Class B fires. These fires often spread quickly and cause tremendous damage because of water displacement issues. 
 
Class C fire damage involves flammable gases and similar substances. These can include fires caused by gas leaks such as hydrogen or propane, or they may be due to deposits of natural gas. They can spread quickly through the property and result in a great deal of sudden surface damage. More often than not, this type of damage is explosive and can cause tremendous destruction to the property's structure. It is one of the most common examples of Saginaw commercial fire damage, and it may result in a long-term loss if not handled quickly. 
 
Finally, Class D fire damage is a common variety of fire damage that occurs in industrial locations. It is typically caused by combustible metals. Some of the most common metals involved include sodium and potassium, and this type of fire is large and encompassing of the work area. This damage can result in a variety of harmful ambient effects, so if you experience this sort of damage, it is crucial to have it taken care of as soon as possible. If left unattended, unwanted chemicals may become airborne and result in a variety of problems around the work area.

Learn About Sandbags

1/6/2022 (Permalink)

Pile of sandbags. When faced with flooding, you may be considering the possibility of a sandbag wall to protect your business.

When faced with flooding, you may be considering the possibility of a sandbag wall to protect your business. It is recommended that taking steps to mitigate damage before it occurs to protect the property and reduce clean up times and costs by several restoration companies. A flood dam is one way to do this. Here is what you need to know about flood dams.  

Where to Find Them  

Sandbags can be purchased from local hardware stores or landscaping suppliers. During times of severe floods and storms, quantities may be supplied by your local council. You can contact your local council or visit their website for more information.  When there is significant flooding, sandbags may be in limited supply and may only be issued by the State Emergency Service. It is better to be prepared and purchase sandbags prior to or when made aware of a flood event.  

How They Work  

In most cases flood dams work by directing water flow away from the threatened area. Many people choose sandbags because they are easy to build protective barriers. Dry sand is loaded into the bag, and the bag is then folded and placed to create a wall. When the water reaches the wall, it is absorbed by the sand which then becomes heavier, harder to move, and creates a tighter seal.  

Where to Place Them  

When creating a sandbag barrier to protect your business it is recommended to construct it in a way that directs the flow of water rather than trying to block it. This will put less force on the wall and keep the water moving to a safe drainage location. Consider setting the barrier up so that the water flows downhill and away from the property, or into a drainage ditch or open field where it can disperse safely. Sandbags should also be placed over floor wastes and drains to prevent backflow of grey water entering the building. They can also be used in front of doorways/roller doors.  

When to Use Them  

One of the best ways to reduce flood damage is to know when to use a flood dam. In most cases you may want to consider the use of sandbags any time you believe flooding may pose a high risk to the property.  

When making a sandbag wall or using another flood dam type to protect your company it is important to understand how they work and where to place them to direct water flow. Using these tools properly may help you reduce the amount of damage your business could face in the next big storm.  

Mold Growth in Your Business?

11/15/2021 (Permalink)

Mold in the corner of a wall. If your commercial property has suffered water damage, you may be concerned about the potential for mold growth.

If your commercial property has suffered water damage, you may be concerned about the potential for mold growth. Since mold spores live everywhere, it is especially important to address any wet areas after a water leak or flood. Mold spores travel through the air and attach to damp surfaces, which can lead to mold colonies if left treated. 

Important Tips to Remember About Mold Include the Following: 

  • Mold can establish itself in as little as 24 to 48 hours. 
  • Mold thrives in areas with high humidity, dim lighting, and low air circulation. 
  • Mold can form colonies in as little as 1 to 12 days. 

Mold Growth 

If you suspect that mold is growing in your building, it is crucial to check areas that have sustained water damage. Whether the water is from a small, consistent leak or a major disaster, it can lead to conditions that foster mold. When the mold spores land in the correct environment, they begin feeding and breaking down materials such as wood, carpet, fabric, and sheetrock. This can lead to structural damage if not taken care of. 

Mold Remediation 

Professional cleanup and remediation services are essential to effectively handle mold growth, as experts have specialized equipment and training to detect and remediate the situation. Not only is it imperative to remove the existing mold, but it is also important to fix the source of the water feeding the mold. If the source of the water is not addressed, the mold will return and cause more damage, so this is a crucial step in mold prevention. 

If you suspect mold, weather because of water damage, or just from damp conditions, you should call SERVPRO of Saginaw / Bay City as quickly as possible. We are always “here to help," and have the training, equipment, and expertise to take care of your mold problem. Our goal is to get you back to a clean, healthy home and make it "Like it never even happened.” 

Commercial Air Duct Cleaning

10/11/2021 (Permalink)

Dirty air duct. Ventilation systems are often the biggest culprits in poor indoor air quality.

Ventilation systems are often the biggest culprits of poor indoor air quality in commercial buildings. Make it a priority to inspect the ductwork of your business.  

Why is cleaning air ducts really that important?  

During normal operation, dust can accumulate in ductwork that can lead to microbial growth. Duct cleaning has been shown to reduce this growth, as well as increase the efficiency of your system. In fact, in some cases of extreme buildup, it can increase efficiency as much as 40 percent!  

The professionals at SERVPRO of Saginaw / Bay City routinely inspect the heating, ventilation, and air conditioning unit (HVAC).  Keeping them clean can extend the life of the equipment. This can, in turn, save your company money and give you cleaner air to breathe.  

However, duct cleaning is not always necessary. We will make recommendations about the best way to address any indoor air quality concerns. This can save you money and provide peace of mind for the health of your system.  

The benefits of servicing your HVAC unit include:  

  • Helps to restore peak energy efficiency.  
  • May help to eliminate offensive odors.  
  • Helps reduce the potential for mold growth.  

For more information on HVAC and air duct cleaning, call us today at 989-752-8644. 

Post-Construction Services

8/2/2021 (Permalink)

Construction site with a air mover on the ground. SERVPRO helps ensure your finished projects always look their best.

SERVPRO helps ensure your finished projects always look their best.  

Post Construction Cleaning  

Once the floors are down and the drywall is up, it is time to remove the debris and dirt in order to lay carpet, paint and decorate. SERVPRO of Saginaw / Bay City can provide debris removal services to prepare the building for interior design.  

Dehumidification and Drying  

During the construction phase, a building can trap moisture. Excessive moisture could result in mold growth. If you think one of your projects may have a moisture issue, rely on our professionals to provide the help you need to eliminate moisture and prevent the potential for mold growth.  

Final Cleaning  

You want the facility to look its best when the doors open. SERVPRO of Saginaw / Bay City provides cleaning services to give the building that extra shine. Services include:  

  • Carpet, resilient and non-resilient floor prep, and finish  
  • Ceiling, walls, and fixture cleaning  
  • Air duct cleaning  
  • Debris removal (if necessary)  
  • Window cleaning  

The last thing you need is a fire intrusion, water intrusion, or mold growth slowing down or stopping the completion of one of your projects. SERVPRO provides 24-hour emergency mitigation, cleanup, and schedule quickly. In addition to fast response, our crews utilize industrial grade equipment, training, and electronic communication to help ensure the job is done right the first time, saving your time and money. 

Create an Impact

6/16/2021 (Permalink)

Man in white Tyvek suit wiping a table. You only have one chance to make a great first impression with your customers.

You only have one chance to make a great first impression with your customers. Using safe and biodegradable products, SERVPRO of Saginaw / Bay City can create a clean, fresh, and long-lasting impression.  

Ways to Impress Your Customers:  

  • Clean dirty and stained ceilings.  
  • Scrub lobby, furniture and draperies.  
  • Establish maintenance plans for furnishings, carpets and draperies.  
  • Clean HVAC and air duct systems.  
  • Clean carpets and hard floors.  

Improve the Air Quality of Your Business:  

When addressing air quality, inspecting the ductwork is the first order of business. Dirty ducts can work to circulate odors and contaminants like mold and irritating dust throughout the building.  

Our franchise professionals use proven Portable Ventilation & Air Duct Cleaning System to examine ductwork and make a clean sweep removing years of dust and grime.  

The SERVPRO Difference:  

  • Reduce potential for mold growth.  
  • Remediate bacteria, fungi and mold.  
  • Restore peak energy efficiency.  
  • Eliminate offensive odors.  
  • Free written inspections and estimates.  

If your commercial property is in need of deep cleaning or air quality improvement, you can call SERVPRO of Saginaw / Bay City at 989-752-8644.