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Estimating Damage After a Commercial Fire

5/22/2020 (Permalink)

After a fire at your Delray Beach, FL, business, the cost of cleanup and repair can run anywhere from several hundred to several thousand dollars, depending on the severity. The particulars of your insurance policy will also determine the price, depending on your deductible and what out-of-pocket costs you may incur. By working with the insurance adjuster and a professional fire restoration company, you should be able to get a good idea of the cost involved. Below are the main things to consider when creating an estimate.

1. Emergency Cleanup

The emergency cleanup makes sure no further damage is caused to the property through exposure to the elements or vandalism. Any holes in the walls or roof will be boarded up or covered with tarps, and any standing water will be removed from the building. There may be further cost if security fencing is installed.

2. Water Damage

Depending on the severity of the fire, and whether or not sprinklers were installed, the fire company may have used a great deal of water to subdue the blaze. Carpets and upholstery may be soaked, the structure itself may be waterlogged, and there may be mold and bacteria that need to be mitigated. Also, firefighters may have used chemical extinguishers that leave residues and contaminate the air. Special equipment must be employed to dry, dehumidify, clean and sterilize.

3. Smoke Removal

The cost of cleaning up damage and odor from smoke and soot must be figured in to the estimate as well. The methods and equipment used will depend upon the type of combustible substances. Smoke and soot from wood, protein or synthetic material will each create a different kind of cleanup problem.

4. Restoration Costs

After the cleaning and disinfecting are completed, the actual replacements and repairs can take place. Depending on how bad the actual fire damage was, repairs may involve only replacing carpeting and repainting, or it may entail rebuilding entire rooms.

While the cost of repairing damage from a commercial fire can vary greatly. However, it should not be difficult to estimate once all of the factors are taken into consideration, and the damage has been assessed by a qualified professional.

If you have any questions, please give us a call at (561) 272-5180. 

SERVPRO of Delray Beach has the training, experience, and equipment to handle large commercial fire damage emergencies and is ready to respond immediately. 

The Unseen Side of Fire Damage

4/22/2020 (Permalink)

six ozone machines in the entrance of the door. Removing smoke odor Fire restoration in a local bank in Kings Point, FL

The Unseen Side of Fire Damage

Dealing with a commercial fire can be very stressful and difficult. As a business owner in Kings Point, FL, you always want to plan for the best and be prepared for the worst. To keep your company and property safe in the event of a devastating fire, it's important to know about the unseen side of fire damage: smoke and residual smoke odor damage. Fire damage can extend beyond what the eye can see and you may need professional smoke cleaning services.

Fires can damage furniture, electronics, important documents, and other belongings.
Fire damage often includes smoke, odor, and soot damage.
Smoke odor can linger and may require additional remediation.

Fire Clean Up and Restoration
If your business has been through a fire, it's important to contact your insurance company as soon as possible. They will likely have advice on how to proceed with the process of recovering your belongings and restoring your property. In most cases, you will need the help of professionals in fire damage repair and restoration. Experts in this industry are highly trained to locate all issues and devise a plan to get your business back to its pre-disaster state. For deep, thorough smoke cleaning, your restoration team may use a combination of methods and equipment.

Odor Removal Specialists
To fully remove smoke damage from your property, you need technicians who have earned their Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification. These experts can efficiently identify and eliminate offensive smoke odors. You can trust IICRC-trained technicians to use the best methods in the industry - simply covering up the stench is not sufficient. The goal is to restore your property and all of your business belongings as quickly and thoroughly as possible. With the most up-to-date training and equipment, odor removal specialists can save you a lot of time, stress, and money.
When it comes to your business, don't settle for less. After a fire, you need top-notch smoke cleaning and fire damage restoration professionals you can trust.

What To Know About Sandbags and Sandbag Alternatives

3/27/2020 (Permalink)

Sandbags for flood defense The use of a sand bag may help protect your business

What To Know About Sandbags and Sandbag Alternatives

If you own a business in a location such as Highland Beach, FL, which experiences frequent storms, you may have considered a sand bag wall as a form of protection against flooding. A local storm damage restoration service can help with cleanup and repairs after flooding has occurred, but often protecting the business in the first place can help prevent large scale damages. Here are a few things you may want to know.

1. How Sandbags Work

The concept of a water barrier is that an object heaver that the force of the water flowing against it can remain immovable and protect the area behind it from flooding. Sandbags are one preferred method because many small bags can be arranged in a variety of formations in order to create a wall in the shape and height necessary to protect the space. Sand bags can even absorb some of the water and become heavier making them more resistant to the push of flowing storm water.

2. What Similar Systems Are Available

In addition to sand bag walls there are other forms of water barriers. Flood dams can be formed from concrete barriers, raise-able metal sections that form walls, and even inner tube type bags filled with water. There are advantages and disadvantages to each type, so you may want to consult a professional before choosing the best fit for your business.

3. Where To Set Up Barriers

Part of preventing flood damage includes understanding where to set up preventive barriers. Don’t try to dam the water flow, but use the barriers to direct it in a safe flow path. Create the walls in a way that keeps water away from doors and window wells, but also give the water a route into safe drainage spaces such as empty lots, drainage ditches, or gardens.

The use of a sand bag wall or similar barrier against flooding may help protect your business in the case severe weather may cause flooding. This mitigation step can also help prevent large scale damages to the property. Remember, if damage does occur a storm damage restoration service may be able to help.

The Secrets of Mold Growth and Mold Cleanup

1/20/2020 (Permalink)

Black mold in a bathroom wall Mold in bathroom

The Secrets of Mold Growth and Mold Cleanup

While it might seem mysterious at times, mold growth in your place of business is just a bit of basic biology. Mold is a naturally occurring organism that thrives in a moist environment. When it begins to show up in your place of business, you essentially know that you have areas of high humidity in the office. Get rid of the excess moisture and you have taken a big step to controlling the appearance and presence of mold on your property. Calling in the mold mitigation professionals in Lake Ida, FL, is the surest and quickest way to get mold under control.

Follow the Water

When looking to remove mold from a business, the experts investigate for previous water damage. This is likely to be the cause of why mold growth has appeared in an area. Things to look for include the following:

  • Leaky pipes
  • A roof leak
  • A humid bathroom or kitchen area
  • A room that experiences higher than 45% humidity

Each situation is different, but it often begins with addressing the high moisture present in a building. A mold inspection and damage assessment uncovers where mold is present and what type of mold is there. In many cases, mold may be present but not visible. Signs of mold include a musty odor, but a professional team will bring in advanced equipment to detect the presence of mold and of water leaks.

Proceed With Cleanup

The cleanup process begins with mold containment. Heating and cooling systems may be affected, so they could be shut down during this step. Physical barriers and negative air pressure help to keep mold spores from spreading. Advanced air filtration systems suck mold out of the air. A thorough cleaning process then begins with cleaning agents designed to address mold, while some porous materials may need to be disposed of. Everything from curtains to carpeting to furniture will be cleaned to make sure mold growth doesn't quickly reassert itself.

Flood Prevention Alternatives to Sand Bags

12/22/2019 (Permalink)

Inflatable Rubber Dam flat Flood dams are another type of water-activated sandless bag

No matter where your business is located, there's the possibility that it could be affected by flooding. Fortunately, there are a lot of options available for keeping water out of your building. Naturally, the sand bag is one of the first options to come to mind. These useful tools are used to control water and prevent flooding. They are also useful for

  • Protecting buildings from water
  • Soaking up water
  • Creating dams

However, there are some drawbacks to using the bags. The bags can be very heavy and hard to handle. They require a lot of effort to put into place and to remove after the threat is over. In response to these challenges, some manufacturers have come up with alternatives.

Polymer-Filled Bags

Stormbags are similar to the sand bag, but they are filled with polyacrylamide, rather than sand. This substance is a water-soluble polymer that binds up when it comes into contact with water and prevents water from getting past. These bags are lightweight and easy to move from place to place. Just as their sand-filled alternative, stormbags protect buildings and other structures from water and create barriers.

Sandless Alternatives

FloodBags are full of sodium acrylate, another polymer with superabsorbent properties. Within just a few minutes, these bags can absorb up to 20kg of water. As they fill up with water, they create a barrier that stops water from spreading. Flood dams are another type of water-activated sandless bag that provide quick protection from moving water.

A sand bag is an important tool for preventing flood damage to your business. In many situations, city maintenance yards are willing to pass the bags out for free. As soon as you believe your Kings Point, FL, business is at risk for storm damage, find out what your community recommends for preventative steps. If your business is affected, contact storm and flood cleanup professionals for help.

How To Dry Important Documents

9/30/2019 (Permalink)

Wet documents Wet documents can spell disaster for a business

Four Tips For Dealing With Wet Documents

Flooding at your West Delray Beach, FL, commercial property can leave you with a lengthy "To Do" list. One area of cleanup that may be overlooked in the aftermath is document drying. Here are four tips for dealing with wet documents.

1. Clean Before You Dry

Prior to trying any drying method, you should get your documents as clean as possible. First, let any soot, mud, or other caked-on debris dry. Next, vacuum up the debris through a window screen or other filter. This step is crucial because you don't want to vacuum up the document itself. Last, remove any leftover dirt and debris with a soot removal sponge.

2. Air-Dry Damp Items

If your paperwork is only a little bit wet, air-drying might do the trick. First, sandwich each affected item between two paper towels to soak up any excess surface water. Repeat this process until the towels stay dry. Next, lay the wet documents out on the floor or a table and use fans to circulate the air. (Obviously, you should avoid pointing the fans straight at the papers if you don't want them to blow away.) Air-dry the papers for 48 hours.

3. Freeze Wetter Items

If the documents aren't dry after two days, or if they're very wet to begin with, try freezing them. Wrap the affected papers in wax paper. You can do this by the stack; you don't actually need to wrap each individual piece of paper. Then put the documents in the freezer for two weeks. Crank it up to the coldest temperature setting. Afterward, unwrap the documents and air-dry them as described above.

4. Call in the Pros

If air-drying and freezing prove unsuccessful, it may be time to enlist the help of a professional restoration service. It'll likely have additional methods and tools at its disposal, such as vacuum freezing, that can be used to save your soggy papers.
Wet documents can spell disaster for a business, but they don't have to. If your commercial space has recently experienced flooding, keep these four tips in mind as you dry out and get back on your feet.

Cleaning your Delray Beach Air Conditioning Vents

5/23/2019 (Permalink)

When you consider ways to help your Delray Beach office to run more efficiently, you might come up with a long list of possible changes that you could make. While there are undoubtedly strategies that you could implement to decrease your outgoing expenses while improving the quality of the job for the employees that work there in the building, one of the unexpected ways that you can do this is through cleaning the ductwork and HVAC system.

You might not think of your office building as being a constant flow of dust, debris, and possible contagions, but it is. Without regular cleaning of the network of ducts and the appliances which provide the forced air through these channels, your Nashville office could continuously be under a barrage of microscopic annoyances and germs without HVAC cleaning. Fortunately, SERVPRO of Delray Beach offers a way for you to keep this threat contained and to improve the quality of the air at the office and reduce your overhead costs at the same time.

With your circulation systems able to function as they should, and not working overtime to provide a comfortable environment, your overhead heating/cooling costs come down. Additionally, with less debris and potential germs circulating the office, you can keep more of your staff healthy (even through the cold and flu seasons) and productive for the company. Contact SERVPRO of Delray Beach at (561) 272-5180 for more information about our HVAC cleaning services.

Small Water Damages Become a Nightmare for your Delray Beach Business

4/25/2019 (Permalink)

What happens when those small water damages go unnoticed, or moisture soaks into a building’s structural components where it cannot be detected by the naked eye?  These incidents may sound relatively harmless, but given time, excess moisture can lead to serious problems. 

In as little as 24 to 48 hours, microscopic mold spores, naturally present in all structures, can grow into visible mold.  Fueled by the moisture, these fungi feed on a variety of building subcomponents including wood, paint, paper, carpet padding, and contents. 

While the debate rages on regarding impact mold have on human health, mold and mildew growth are recognized as major contributors to indoor air quality problems.  These nightmares happen every day as a direct result of those small water damages that gradually take their toll on buildings and homes.  The recipe for disaster is the combination of excess moisture, a food source for mold found in organic building materials (such as wood, drywall, some types of insulation), and a time delay in removing the moisture. 

If your home or business encounters water damage, call SERVPRO of Delray Beach immediately at (561) 272-5180. Our professionals have the expertise to reverse and prevent the effects of flooding and water damage.

Is the Exterior of Your Commercial Property Ready for a Storm?

4/23/2019 (Permalink)

Storms can cause extensive damage to the exterior of a commercial property. Depending on the level of commercial insurance coverage held by the building owner, there may be limits on the external portions of the property that are protected. Review your coverage, schedule a building inspection, and perform exterior maintenance on a regular basis.

Five steps that will help owners prepare the exterior of a commercial property for a storm.

1. Choose exterior doors rated for high wind speeds.

Exterior damage quickly becomes interior damage if a door fails. Exterior doors should be tested to stand up to wind loads and the frames should be anchored. Check to make sure these doors have appropriate drainage, flashing, sealant, and tracks. Door failure rapidly raises internal pressure and can cause structural damage.

2. Clear drainage systems.

Functional drainage systems prevent water from pooling on the roof or around the foundation of a structure. Clear roof drains, downspouts, and gutters several times a year as part of an exterior maintenance routine.

3. Trim trees.

Removing dead or loose branches from nearby trees can limit the extent of storm damage.

4. Secure loose items that may blow away or cause damage.

Don't forget about antennas on the roof or potted plants and trash cans on the ground.

5. Anchor outside HVAC equipment.

These components should be securely installed on a concrete pad. Depending on the severity of a storm, you may want to use hurricane straps or shut off these systems and cover equipment with a secured tarp.

These five exterior maintenance and storm preparation steps can help owners limit the extent of damage to the exterior of a commercial structure. Keeping your building maintained can pay off during adverse weather events. If the exterior or interior of a commercial property becomes damaged during a storm, contact a restoration company located in Delray Beach, FL.

SERVPRO of Delray Beach has the training, experience, and equipment to handle large commercial storm damage and can respond quickly.

SERVPRO of Delray Beach and your Delray Beach Commercial Property

4/23/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Delray Beach has what it takes to Restore Your Delray Beach Commercial Property From Storm Damage.

What you want is access to a quality restoration company to assist with recovering from storm damage in your Delray Beach business. We have strategically located restoration teams with several years of experience helping businesses just like yours recover from storm damage throughout the area and all of the resources needed to assist you and your neighbors when an emergency situation strikes. 

SERVPRO of Delray Beach has an entire division of dedicated, expertly trained teams composed of quality water, fire, mold, storm, and major event technicians, designed to assist you with cutting costs and saving time associated with the restoration of your business after a disaster. All of these teams are lead by an operations manager that assists with seamless communication and timely mitigation involving the recovery of your business. 

SERVPRO of Delray Beach provides to every business owners with the mitigation of wind, rain, and flood damage that causes substantial damage to their Delray Beach commercial property.  We respond to your call immediately and provide you with the help you need to get your situation under control. 

It does not matter how small or large your property is; SERVPRO of Delray Beach has the services, equipment, and personnel available to address the event affecting your business. We provide you with access to expertly trained storm and water damage restoration specialists, as well as cleaning and building preparation services to manage your restoration project from start to finish. 

Even a normal tropical storm can cause severe damage to your property when you are ill-prepared. Give us a call to help fortify your property against the wind, flood, storm, and tornado damage that this type of phenomenon generates. We can help protect your business and get things under control when everything is said and done.

Contact SERVPRO of Delray Beach for the professional restoration and cleaning services your company requires. (561)272-5180.

How Does A Disaster Recovery Team Respond To Storms?

4/10/2019 (Permalink)

A disaster recovery team should swiftly arrive on location after a severe storm in Delray Beach. These trained professionals can assess storm damage and take mitigation measures. Learn more about the stages of storm response.

Fast Deployment

A network of more than 1,700 locations enables SERVPRO to provide the fastest response to disasters. Several factors contribute toward a timely response:

  • A centralized corporate structure
  • Franchise locations in most regions
  • Support from nearby locations

An independent mitigation company may not be able to keep up with the volume of calls after a disaster or severe storm. The SERVPRO business model is designed to sustain fast responses and a high quality of service.

Damage Mitigation

A disaster recovery team may need to perform various mitigation measures depending on the type of incident. The following measures may need to be taken as soon as possible:

  • Documenting the full extent of damage
  • Boarding up or tarping over structural damage
  • Extracting standing water from a structure

The availability of trained professionals and specialized equipment is likely to make any storm response more successful. A corporation built on a franchise business model has all of the resources necessary to respond to large losses.

Successful Restoration

One of the best ways to ensure that mitigation and restoration will combine in a successful effort is to rely on the same company to provide both services. Separate mitigation and restoration companies will give clients and insurers more than one estimate and increase the possibility of miscommunication or scheduling difficulties. An all-in-one service can get the job done better and faster and make it easier to settle an insurance claim. 

The best disaster recovery teams have fast response times and the equipment and expertise necessary to complete any job. In the event of storm damage, a commercial property owner should contact a one-stop mitigation and restoration company in Delray Beach like SERVPRO of Delray Beach at 561-272-5180.