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Protect Your Business With a Water Damage Prevention Plan

1/7/2022 (Permalink)

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Water damage events like floods, leaks and burst plumbing can cause serious damage and create serious headaches for your business—from ruined documents to moldy walls and carpet, there’s a wide range of problems a surprise water situation can cause. But surprisingly few business owners have an actual plan to prevent water damage, even though it can save multiplied thousands in business interruption and other costs.

Many if not most workplaces have a fire plan, but statistically speaking, you’re more likely to have to deal with water damage than a destructive fire, so it’s definitely in your interest to plan ahead and do everything you can to protect your business assets and teams from the damage a water event could cause.

What Should Your Water Damage Prevention Plan Look Like?

Every business is different, and every location and context varies so there’s not a be-all-end-all solution that fits every workplace. It’s vital to understand the needs of your particular business, the extreme weather possibilities in the north Georgia area and even seasonal changes that could increase water damage risks.

But there are a few things that should be included in any water damage prevention plan, including:

  • Routine exams and insurance inspections, which can monitor present water risks and leaks and make recommendations about what may be needed going forward with regard to keeping your likelihood of an event low.

  • A task force of leaders who have been prepped, trained and equipped with knowledge and tools like water intrusion response carts.

  • Expert knowledge of your water shutoff locations and workings, and whether your shutoff involves one main valve or multiple shutoff zones. Make sure teams know who is authorized to enact main water shutoff in the event of a leak emergency.

  • Upkeep of service company contracts and authorizations—in other words, make sure you’ve connected with SERVPRO for your free Emergency READY Profile.

  • Installation of modern wireless leak detection equipment, which can alert you at the first signs of a problem.

You can’t prevent everything, but being prepared can minimize your water damage and business disruptions. If water damage becomes an issue for your business, contact SERVPRO and we’ll be there right away to help.

Understanding Fire Sprinkler System Requirements for Commercial Spaces

1/7/2022 (Permalink)

sprinkler head side view If your business is damaged from a fire, trust the experts at SERVPRO of Fayette/S. Fulton Counties to make it "Like it never even happened."

If you own a business or other type of commercial space, fire safety is extremely important. Not only is adhering to fire codes a must to allow for your continued operation, but it is also key that you do everything you can to protect your staff and your customers who are working and doing business inside the space.

Preparations can also reduce the impact of a fire, and given that over half of businesses are not able to recover after a fire emergency, doing what you can to reduce a fire’s impact is a prudent move.

One vital element of safety and harm reduction is a fire sprinkler system. While fire sprinklers are not *always* required in commercial buildings, they are more often than they are not—and even if they are not required in your specific situation, it is likely worth having them installed given that sprinklers are effective in stopping 88% of commercial fires when they are installed.

How Do I Know if I Need Fire Sprinklers in My Commercial Space? 

While every area will have local fire codes for businesses that may vary, some of the national guidelines are included below:

* Fire sprinklers must be installed in any new commercial building exceeding 5,000 square feet, or any building that is renovated to contain 5,000 square feet after construction.

* Buildings more than 55 feet in height must have fire sprinklers on every floor.

* Self storage buildings must have fire sprinklers installed, except in single story facilities with no indoor corridors.

* If the municipal water pressure to the building is not adequate to pressurize the sprinkler systems, a fire pump should also be installed.

If you are unsure about whether you need a sprinkler system in your commercial space, or you have questions about the system you have, your local fire department will likely be able to connect you with the right person to make an assessment. In addition to installing fire sprinklers, they can help you determine if your fire escape routes, fire exits and fire extinguishers are up to code as well.

If your business is damaged from a fire, we can help. Contact us today to learn more about our commercial restoration services for businesses impacted by fires, floods and more.

September is National Preparedness Month

9/20/2021 (Permalink)

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As a business owner, insurer or property manager, you are a leader in your community and have the opportunity to set an example for your employees, policyholders, and customers to follow.

September is National Preparedness Month (NPM). This year for NPM, join your community in preparing for emergencies and disasters of all types, and leading the efforts to encourage your community as a whole to become more prepared. Disasters happen?and not only do they devastate individuals and neighborhoods, but entire communities, including local businesses of all sizes.

The 2021 theme is "Prepare to Protect. Preparing for disasters is protecting everyone you love."

As an employer in your community, having a business continuity plan can help protect your company, its employees, and its infrastructure, and maximizes your chances of recovery after an emergency or disaster happens. You can do this by taking three simple steps:

  • Plan to stay in business
  • Encourage your employees to become ready
  • Protect your investment

We must work together to ensure that our families, businesses, places of worship, and neighborhoods are ready for the unthinkable.

There are many supporting resources available at ready.gov/september where you can find vital information on how to begin preparing your business for a disaster, as well as addressing unique needs during an emergency situation. You can also contact SERVPRO® of Fayette/S. Fulton Counties professionals to find out more on how to be ready when a disaster strikes with the Emergency READY Program®.

*Restoration Newsline Vol 32, Iss 9

Spotlight on: Document Restoration

7/21/2021 (Permalink)

cardboard boxes of folders and documents SERVPRO of Fayette/S. Fulton Counties is your leader in document restoration.

As a leader in the restoration industry, SERVPRO® of Fayette/S. Fulton Counties knows timely mitigation is the key to reducing severity and recovering damaged items. Water-damaged paper goods can rapidly deteriorate. Without proper handling, valuable files and irreplaceable documents could be lost forever. Let SERVPRO's Document Restoration Team help you recover your damaged paper goods before it is too late.

Vacuum freeze drying is the most efficient and effective way to salvage water-damaged documents. SERVPRO® of Fayette/S. Fulton Counties uses sublimation, turning a solid directly into a vapor, skipping the liquid stage, to avoid causing more damage to the documents. An example of sublimation is dry ice: dry ice is made of carbon dioxide (not water.) When dry ice is exposed to normal atmospheric conditions, it begins to sublimate, turning directly from its solid stage into its gaseous stage, bypassing the liquid stage.

This process can recover even the most delicate items, from documents to photographs and x-rays, to entire business archives. SERVPRO of Fayette/S. Fulton Counties' goal is to make this process as simple as possible for our customers!

*Source Restoration Newsline Vol 32, Iss 7

Training Your Employees on Fire Safety in the Workplace

7/21/2021 (Permalink)

white wall with red fire alarm If you have fire damage to your business, you can depend on SERVPRO of Fayette/S. Fulton Counties.

Owning a business presents a large liability for multiple reasons. While you have many things you must plan for, planning for an emergency event such as a fire should certainly be part of your routine. Every year, fires lead to around $10 billion in overall damages, and if your business is not prepared before one happens, these damages can devastate you.

One of the best ways to boost the overall fire safety of your workplace is by training your employees to be conscious about it. When they are empowered to practice fire safety themselves, you can significantly lower your risk and ensure everyone is working together to create a safer office space.

Tips to Empower Your Employees to Be Fire-Safe

Create a fire safety committee. Installing a properly equipped fire safety committee in your office is a great way to tackle fire safety problems and allow you to delegate some of the planning so it does not all fall on you. A fire safety committee can plan evacuation drills, suggest improvements around the office and communicate other fire safety efforts with the staff at large so everyone is in the loop.

Make sure everyone knows the fire protocol. Fire alarms can incite panic in even the most prepared of individuals, but knowing what to do can significantly reduce the fearful instincts they might inspire. Be sure that you have regular workplace fire evacuation drills in order to help your employees be prepared for a real-world fire scenario. Everyone in your building should feel comfortable navigating emergency exit routes and getting to safety when a fire starts anywhere in the building.

Have a fire extinguisher seminar regularly. Fire extinguishers are an effective way to stop an electrical or other small fire in its tracks before it becomes out of hand—but only if your staff knows how to use them. Make sure to train everyone on their operation (you can often have local fire officials pay a visit to do this), and clearly mark where they are throughout the office so everyone is empowered to take action at the first sight of a spark.

If you have fire damage to your business, you can depend on us. Contact us at any hour to learn about our commercial restoration process.

Preparing for a Disaster Makes Good Business Sense

7/20/2021 (Permalink)

brick building with empty parking lot SERVPRO of Fayette/S. Fulton Counties is your local expert on getting your business back up and running following a disaster.

There are many things that business owners must think about throughout their day-to-day operations, and for many of them, adding something extra onto this task list may seem impossible.

While this is understandable, when it comes to preparing for a disaster, it is imperative that business owners make the time to consider it. Many businesses do not get the chance to recover from a disaster, and, while you can’t plan for everything, it is important to prepare for what you can.

Not only will disaster planning help you and your employees stay safer in advance of and during a disaster, but it also makes good businesses sense. Disaster recovery can be too difficult for businesses who have not prepared, rendering them unable to reopen. However, by thinking ahead and utilizing your resources, you can reduce the likelihood that this scenario will happen to you.

So, how does disaster preparedness help your bottom line as a business owner? When you know which commercial restoration company you will work with, you can quickly pursue restoration to prevent further damage. Knowing your what resources are available to you can get your business operational is a little time as possible.

SERVPRO of Fayette/S. Fulton Counties is your local expert on getting your business back up and running following a disaster. We can help you prepare before a fire or water loss by creating an Emergency Readiness Plan (ERP) for you and your staff. This will ensure that everyone knows who the primary contacts and decision makers are, where all shut off valves for water/electricity/gas/etc. are located, and how to get SERVPRO personnel en route to your facility.

There are many other resources you can utilize. For example, after a disaster is declared, the Small Business Administration provides loans for business owners to help with the cost of recovery. If you know what options are available to you in advance, you can apply right away when the time comes to receive these funds as quickly as possible.

It is to be expected that you will have to close your doors for at least a bit while you have the damage restored and prepare to resume operations again. By planning ahead, you can significantly reduce this time. Efficiency is key to getting your doors reopened quickly so you can continue to do what you love.

If your business is damaged in a disaster, we are here to help you. Contact SERVPRO of Fayette/S. Fulton Counties about commercial restoration 24⁄7 to learn more or to report damages to your business after a disaster.