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Next Steps After Flood Damage To Your Business

7/31/2020 (Permalink)

Most conversations around protecting the workplace have been centered around coronavirus. Nevertheless being aware of and planning for all potential threats to the health and safety of your employees is important for their overall well-being. Flooding from a thunderstorm or even a hurricane can impair your business and stop operations for weeks if not months depending on your circumstances. 

If your business does experience flood damage these are the steps to take. 

  1. Wait for the all-clear from your local authorities before attempting to reach your business. 
  2. Once you arrive it’s vital you shut off the electricity to the building. 
  3. Take pictures of everything inside (office furniture, electronics, appliances, goods, etc.) even if it appears to have not been damaged. 
  4. Call your insurance provider to file a claim. 

Also, another bit of advice: Keep pricing records of expensive items such as computers and appliances to show your insurance company proof of value. 

If your home or business is in need of our services whether for fire, water, or mold damage; perhaps even deep cleaning services, call the experts today – SERVPRO of Burlington, (336) 229-1156.

COVID-19 Cleaning: Reopening Study

7/27/2020 (Permalink)

Business leaders across Alamance County have stepped up tremendously in the past few months to combat coronavirus. Adjusting to “The New Normal” has been difficult for everyone, however, the SERVPRO of Burlington team continues to have the opportunity to partner with businesses desiring to keep their customers and employees safe. 

Since March, our team has disinfected and sanitized businesses in Burlington. Graham, Mebane, and the surrounding area. In the midst of the pandemic, employers are asking if the proactive and reactive cleaning steps they’re undertaking are worth it. The simple answer is yes! It’s well worth the investment to go beyond the normal janitorial cleaning you’ve been accustomed to and hire a professional cleaning crew; such as SERVPRO to add a needed layer of protection to your space. 

SERVPRO’s corporate office has partnered with a highly regarded public relations firm that conducted a study two months ago concerning the public’s attitude to business safety protocols. Take a look at their findings below. 

  1. Consumers expect your business to be cleaner than their homes. (71% expect businesses to have higher cleanliness standards than respondents do in their own homes.)
  2. If you aren’t clean, your business will suffer great damage to its reputation. (76% say the way a business addresses cleanliness during COVID is a good indicator of how well that business is run in general.)
  3. This is the start of a new era for cleanliness and businesses. (73% say they are going to be more attuned to cleanliness once COVID is over.)
  4. Customer concerns about COVID are not going away any time soon. (68% are constantly thinking about avoiding COVID exposure when out in public.)
  5. All else being equal (product, price, service, convenience) customers trust businesses that are professionally cleaned over ones that self-clean. (64% are more likely to choose to shop at the store that has a decal stating the store has been professionally cleaned.)
  6. Surface cleaning remains a significant concern. (59% are worried about COVID exposure from touching surfaces that have not been sufficiently cleaned.)

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If your home or business is in need of our services whether for fire, water, or mold damage; perhaps even deep cleaning services, call the experts today – SERVPRO of Burlington, (336) 229-1156.

Keeping Your Air Ducts Clean

7/1/2020 (Permalink)

Sustaining a small business through the wide-ranging effects of COVID-19 is a daunting task. Remaining up to date with the latest CDC recommendations and state requirements on cleaning and disinfecting has shifted the way many business owners operate, taking up more time in their schedule. It’s critical that other pieces of your business don’t fall to the wayside including your air duct system which is central to maintaining a safe working environment. 

Failing to have your air duct system regularly cleaned may lead to poor air quality for your commercial space as well as lead to a potential fire hazard. Dust can become flammable when it’s allowed to build up in your duct system which may eventually lead to a fire erupting. 

Protecting your employees’ health and their livelihoods is the first priority for business owners. Therefore, partnering with a professional commercial air duct cleaning crew is essential. The SERVPRO of Burlington crew has over two decades of experience in this arena and the equipment to thoroughly clean your air duct system. 

The SERVPRO of Burlington team services the communities listed below. 

  • Burlington, NC
  • Graham, NC 
  • Elon, NC
  • Mebane, NC
  • Snow Camp, NC 
  • Glen Raven, NC 

If your home or business is in need of our services whether for fire, water, or mold damage; perhaps even deep cleaning services, call the experts today – SERVPRO of Burlington, (336) 299-1156. 

Don’t Let Water Damage Impair Your Business

6/25/2020 (Permalink)

Working from home has become the norm since the coronavirus outbreak began. However, not every industry or company is capable of asking their employees to work remotely. Whether it’s a manufacturing plant or a financial services office were operating on a secure network is best. Any disruption to your business’s workflow can cause a reduction in productivity and revenue loss. 

COVID-19 is on everyone’s mind for keeping their business open, but water pipe leaks and sewer backups can cause your business to shut down just as fast. Water damage can impair your property’s flooring, walls, and ceiling greetings an unsafe working environment for your employees. 

Several proactive steps that can be taken to prevent water damage include sealing cracks and gaps as well as regular maintenance of the entire property. It’s also critical to review your insurance policy to assure you’re protected. 

The SERVPRO of Burlington team serves the communities of 

  • Burlington, NC
  • Graham, NC 
  • Elon, NC
  • Mebane, NC
  • Snow Camp, NC 
  • Glen Raven, NC 

If your home or business is in need of our services whether for fire, water, or mold damage; perhaps even deep cleaning services, call the experts today – SERVPRO of Burlington, (336) 299-1156.

Protect Your Employees Through Commercial Cleaning

5/26/2020 (Permalink)

Taking the next steps during this public health crisis to protect your employees and your commercial space. Proactive measures such as a commercial cleaning from an experienced crew clean your office, retail store, warehouse, or factory from top to bottom with industry-grade hospital disinfectants is an awesome first step. Protecting your property and minimizing the likelihood of a viral infection taking hold in your space may be critical to the well-being of your employees as well as their morale. 

There is a lot of talk going around at the moment from a lot of local companies advertising their services as well as the product they offer. The SERVPRO of Burlington team possesses an EPA registered, hospital-grade disinfectant, SERVPROXIDE. Each of our Production Technicians carries a bottle with them in their company vehicles. Along with this item, the crew also has the leadership of industry experts who know how to properly instruct the disinfection of a property.  

Nevertheless, it’s crucial during this time as we prepare for the next phases in this public health crisis to take action now to resolve any matters in the past before heading into the future. 

SERVPRO of Burlington is available 24/7 to respond to your fire, water, mold, and proactive cleaning situations and can be reached at (336) 229-1156.

Protecting Public Health In Retail Spaces

5/22/2020 (Permalink)

Thousands of people work in retail in Greensboro and thousands more visit these establishments every week. Protecting the public health of your store as a property manager or business owner as well as the customers who will be venturing into your commercial entity should be number one on your to-do list. Cleaning your retail space whether it’s a grocery store, clothing store, or any other consumer product may require a different response depending on the size of your space. Simply disinfecting your retail space is a great first step and should be taken. Afterward partnering with a local commercial cleaning to represent to your customers that you take the threat seriously is another critical step. 

When hiring a commercial cleaning crew you should ask relevant questions to ensure they can get done what you need them to get done. They’re a lot of crews out there and not all they use the right disinfectants that will remediate a biohazard situation in your retail entity. SERVPRO of Burlington uses a hospital-grade disinfectant SevrprOXIDE for our commercial cleaning jobs. It’s registered with the FDA and each of our Production Technicians is equipped with it in their trucks. 

If your home or business is in need of our services whether for fire, water, or mold damage; perhaps even deep cleaning services, call the experts today – SERVPRO of Burlington, 336-299-1156. 

Prevent Water Damage to Your Commercial Building

7/26/2019 (Permalink)

At SERVPRO of Burlington we are here for you 24/7 and 365

Ensuring that your business is able to run and function smoothly should always be a priority. Water damage can pose a major threat to business operations. If not taken care of immediately, even a minor water issue can lead to invasive and extensive damage such as mold growth and structural damage. Mold has the potential to make the damage increasingly worse, heighten repair costs, and affect the health of you and your employees. There are cases where water damage just cannot be avoided, such as with natural disasters. However, most cases of water damage can absolutely be avoided if commercial property owners take the proper precautionary measures in order to do so. Follow the tips below and do your best to prevent water leaks in your commercial property.

Schedule Routine Inspections

Paying attention to the property that your business is in is just as important as paying mind to the business itself. Make sure to routinely inspect the building’s pipes, plumbing, fire sprinklers, structure, and roof to make sure everything is as it should be or catch potential issues before they worsen. Wear and tear are completely normal and common in any building but should be addressed by a professional when noticed.

Maintain Your Property With A Professional 

The more often you have regular maintenance to your property, the lesser the chance you have for any issues arising. While you may not notice any alarming concerns on your own, it does not mean that everything is ok. Leaks and damage can occur in hidden areas, behind walls, and can cause water damage to your property that is also unnoticeable. A professional can find these hidden issues and make sure they are properly taken care of. 

Check and Clean Your Rain Gutters

Just as you should around your home, you should constantly check and clean your rain gutters around your business. Rain gutters are designed to redirect excess water away from your property but when they are not cleaned regularly they can get clogged with leaves and other debris causing them to clog and not be efficient. This can cause water to leak into your building either through the foundation or the roof. Water damage that occurs this way can oftentimes extend from your roofing all the way through your insulation, walls, flooring, and foundation. Keeping your gutters clean and free for water to pass through can prevent a major disaster from happening.

Upgrades and Repairs

Consider upgrading your fixtures and pipes to make sure they are able to handle the frequent and excessive usage so that they do not wear out. An inspection by a professional will help to determine what should be upgraded in your building. You need to act fast though because the longer water damage goes unaddressed, the more the damage will spread, worsen, and will likely lead to mold growth.

In the event that you or a professional comes across water damage in your commercial building, you should contact us at SERVPRO of Burlington. Just give us a call at 336-379-1772 We are here for you 24/7 and 365 to assist with water extraction, structural drying, damage repair and more. 

How to Best Prevent Water Damage to Your Commercial Building

7/26/2019 (Permalink)

For commercial water damage just give us at SERVPRO of Burlington a call

Ensuring that your business is able to run and function smoothly should always be a priority. Water damage can pose a major threat to business operations. If not taken care of immediately, even a minor water issue can lead to invasive and extensive damage such as mold growth and structural damage. Mold has the potential to make the damage increasingly worse, heighten repair costs, and affect the health of you and your employees. There are cases where water damage just cannot be avoided, such as with natural disasters. However, most cases of water damage can absolutely be avoided if commercial property owners take the proper precautionary measures in order to do so. Follow the tips below and do your best to prevent water leaks in your commercial property.

Schedule Routine Inspections

Paying attention to the property that your business is in is just as important as paying mind to the business itself. Make sure to routinely inspect the building’s pipes, plumbing, fire sprinklers, structure, and roof to make sure everything is as it should be or catch potential issues before they worsen. Wear and tear are completely normal and common in any building but should be addressed by a professional when noticed.

Maintain Your Property With A Professional 

The more often you have regular maintenance to your property, the lesser the chance you have for any issues arising. While you may not notice any alarming concerns on your own, it does not mean that everything is ok. Leaks and damage can occur in hidden areas, behind walls, and can cause water damage to your property that is also unnoticeable. A professional can find these hidden issues and make sure they are properly taken care of. 

Check and Clean Your Rain Gutters

Just as you should around your home, you should constantly check and clean your rain gutters around your business. Rain gutters are designed to redirect excess water away from your property but when they are not cleaned regularly they can get clogged with leaves and other debris causing them to clog and not be efficient. This can cause water to leak into your building either through the foundation or the roof. Water damage that occurs this way can oftentimes extend from your roofing all the way through your insulation, walls, flooring, and foundation. Keeping your gutters clean and free for water to pass through can prevent a major disaster from happening.

Upgrades and Repairs

Consider upgrading your fixtures and pipes to make sure they are able to handle the frequent and excessive usage so that they do not wear out. An inspection by a professional will help to determine what should be upgraded in your building. You need to act fast though because the longer water damage goes unaddressed, the more the damage will spread, worsen, and will likely lead to mold growth.

In the event that you or a professional comes across water damage in your commercial building, you should contact us at SERVPRO of Burlington. Just give us a call at 336-379-1772 We are here for you 24/7 and 365 to assist with water extraction, structural drying, damage repair and more. 

Troubleshooting Process for Sprinkler Malfunctions

7/1/2019 (Permalink)

Sprinkler malfunctions can lead to irrigation issues and cause your business to flood

Finding the cause of a problem with your irrigation system is extremely important. Irrigation issues inevitably lead to bigger issues, such as destroyed landscaping, or worse, flooding of your property. Once water gets built up in your landscaping it’ll also seep into your building which can not only destroy some of your office furniture, but inventory, files, and not to mention it’ll disrupt your day to day business. If enough water gets in, you may need to close down your business operations to customers during the time in which it takes to clear the water out and to restore your property.

When sprinklers malfunction, there are several steps you can go through to determine what the underlying cause may be. A number of things can cause irrigation issues. For instance, if some of the components are poor or worn out, you are likely to experience leaks. Perhaps there’s a rock blocking the water’s path, causing the system to have to work harder in order to get the flow to the sprinkler.

Determine Scope of Problem.

Is your whole system out, or is it just malfunctioning in one zone? If, for example, pressure is low in one zone, a pipe in that zone could be clogged. If, however, it is low everywhere, the problem is probably closer to the main source. Determining how large the problem is can help you narrow down the causes quickly.

It is a good idea to contact a qualified professional to help you determine the cause if it’s not immediately evident.

Determine the Type of Problem:

Irrigation problems often tend to fall within two main categories. Hydraulic problems or electrical problems.

Hydraulic problems- are the result of an issue with the way the equipment works. So, if some of the components are poor or worn out it’ll cause the sprinklers to not work properly. There could also be a cut in a pipe, debris in the line or a technical problem with one or several of the sprinkler heads.

Electrical problems – are caused if the components are not getting the power, they need to operate it. Checking the timer or making sure that the irrigation system is fueled from a working outlet can be some of the first things you do when you suspect that the problem is electrical. It is not recommended to try and fix any electrical problem yourself. Should you notice the connection is not working and suspect the outlet is not working then contact an electrician.

Should your irrigation system cause flooding into your business, then call us at SERVPRO of Burlington North. We are here for you 24/7 and 365 days a year and can be reached at 336-379-1772. We will remove and dry up any water. We want to salvage and save your floors from further damage. If any flooring or furniture is damaged by the flooding, we will assist in its removal so that your flooring can be replaced.

Time is of The Essence When it Comes to Your Business

6/25/2019 (Permalink)

When your business experiences water damage, fire damage, or mold SERVPRO of Burlington is here to make it "Like it never even happened".

Business interruptions can happen which are beyond our control. When they do, it can be not only disruptive, but upsetting and frustrating as well. An interruption in your business, can cause a loss of income and put your work and business behind.  When interruption to your business are the result from water damage, fire damage, mold growth or other emergency, the interruption can be devastating. The longer a business is offline due to an emergency the more customers they stand to lose to competitors.  These customers are almost impossible to get back once you lose them, time is of the essence when an event takes place. 

An immediate response along with proper and efficient mitigation are key to getting your business back up and running.  Minimal demolition requires an immediate response.  The longer that materials can stay in water or exposed to smoke, than the more damage that will occur to these materials. That in turn then increases the need for demolition. Minimal Demolition is what saves on the reconstruction needs and further disruption after we at SERVPRO of Burlington leave the site. Therefore, calling and getting help immediately is crucial.

Being a Leader in the Commercial Restoration industry requires a lot more than simply drying a building up after a water damage or cleaning up after a fire.  It involves putting in place the right strategy for getting the business back up and running as quickly as possible.  At SERVPRO of Burlington we are experienced. With over 20 years of experience in the mitigation and restoration of commercial properties of all shapes and sizes.  From everything from Mall Businesses, to Museums, to small local business, we have a long history of dealing with business interruptions. We work safely, efficiently, and quickly to get businesses back up and running.

At SERVPRO of Burlington we are here for you 24/7 and 365 days a year. If your business experiences a water damage, fire damage, storm damage, or has mold than give us a call at 336-379-1772.

Mold in Your Building or Warehouse

5/16/2019 (Permalink)

Mold can hide within the walls of your warehouse or building

Molds can be found just about any place. Molds can grow on virtually any organic substance, so long as moisture and oxygen are present. There are some molds that can grow on wood, paper, carpet, foods, and even insulation. Therefore, a lot of mold hides in places such as inside your walls or in your ceilings above the ceiling tiles, where you cannot usually see it and don't know that it's there until it is sought out. In some cases, mold has been painted over. That does not eliminate the mold.

When excessive moisture accumulates in buildings or on building materials, mold growth will often occur, particularly if the moisture problem remains undiscovered or unaddressed. Usually, mold growth can be controlled in indoor environments by controlling moisture levels indoors.

The biggest cause of mold, however, is water damage that’s gone unnoticed, has been left unattended to or has not been cleaned up properly. Your commercial property can quickly become infested with mold if a source of water is present in your building. Since mold thrives in environments where moisture is present, areas where there’s been any type of water damage, are ideal for mold to grow and thrive. Mold grows so quickly that it can begin to form within 24 – 48 hours! If not properly treated, it will continue to spread and at a rapid rate.

Since mold can produce allergens and irritants, which can be bad for your health, you should have your commercial property building inspected if you suspect you have a mold problem. Often a musty type of smell will accompany mold if it’s in the building but that is not always the case, especially if you have any chemicals, products etc that give off their own smell as that will mask the smell of mold. If mold is concealed inside your walls, ceiling tiles or painted over, chances are you will not smell it then as well.

At SERVPRO of Burlington, we have the training, state of the art equipment, and expertise to remediate your mold problem. Our quick response and remediation process helps to stop mold in its tracks and prevents it from spreading any further to additional parts of your building. Our highly skilled technicians work both safely and effectively to manage and remove your mold. Just give us a call at 336-379-1772. We are available for you 24/7 and 365 days a year.

Causes of Commercial Building Water Damage and Flooding

5/16/2019 (Permalink)

Water damage or flooding means to call in the professionals at SERVPRO

When you think about water damage, at first thought you usually attribute it to a massive storm. The type of storm that takes out power lines, floods your home or office, and shuts down businesses for days at a time. While most commercial water damage is often the result of floods and water that stems from weather events and storms, those are not the only causes of flooding and water damage.

You want to be proactive in trying to avoid any water damage that can possibly occur and cause a disruption or stop to your business. In knowing some common causes of workplace water damage, you can take some necessary steps to have certain things checked, inspected, and replaced where needed prior to there being an issue.   Here are some of the typical causes of water damage to commercial buildings.

Broken pipes and plumbing Just like in your home residence, if the plumbing system in your workplace fails water damage can occur. Pipes are known to bust either because they end up cracked and it is not caught in time, or simply due to weather changes. It’s common for pipes to freeze in cooler temperatures.  

Backed up sewer lines This cause of commercial water damage often catches business owners by surprise. If the sewer line to your building backs up or becomes damaged, not only can that cause flooding and water damage, but it can also be a huge health hazard. Contaminated Black Water is the result of backed up sewer lines and can cause serious health effects. Contaminated Black Water can also ruin products, office furnishings and any personal belongings kept at your office. This must be handled by professionals who have the right protection and safety equipment to go into the water and all areas affected by it, in order to treat and remove it.  

Malfunctioning sprinkler systems The older the building structure is, the higher the chances that it has outdated sprinkler systems that work in conjunction with fire protection systems. While those sprinklers can come in handy during a fire emergency, they can also cause commercial flood damage not only in the case of when they go of as needed, but also in case they go off due to being faulty or in need of replacement. This could easily damage any carpeting, ceilings, walls, inventory and business assets. 

Damaged appliances and equipment This cause of commercial water and flood damage is most common within restaurants, school cafeterias, bakeries, catering facilities, as well as any other business that has appliances and equipment that make use of water. If an appliance such as a dishwasher, refrigerator, cooler or freezer etc. fails, that will cause water to spread across and throughout your building. When this happens, especially during late or “after business hours” when there may be no one around, you may come back to work and face an extreme water emergency. Often when appliances or equipment break, the water is hard top contain and can often spray out all over, depending on the source. That can still cause water damage or flooding but can be contained more easily and kept to a minimum when someone is present at the time. Water can immediately be shut off, equipment can be unplugged, etc. but in the case when someone is not there it will result in more damage.

At SERVPRO of Burlington, we have the training, state of the art equipment, and expertise to be there for you in case of water damage or flooding. Our quick response and water extraction process will have your business back up and running again very quickly. Our highly skilled technicians get the job done right! Just give us a call at 336-379-1772. We are available for you 24/7 and 365 days a year. 

Flood Events In Burlington

5/24/2018 (Permalink)

Flooding and water damage events at Burlington/Alamance County 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 Burlington

SERVPRO of Burlington 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.

Meet our crew

Restoring your Burlington Commercial Property after a Water Damage Event

6/27/2016 (Permalink)

Crew vehicles

Flooding and water damage events at Burlington/Alamance County 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 Burlington

SERVPRO of Burlington 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.

Meet our crew