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How to Minimize a Natural Disaster in the Workplace
SERVPRO of St. Louis Central can help get this mess back to "like it never even happened."
Mother nature is unpredictable. From tornadoes to flooding and hail damage, disasters can seriously impact your business. Not only can they damage the property and equipment, but they can prevent employees from getting to work. Make sure to invest in business insurance and take precautions to lower your risk of natural disaster damage. Check out these tips to reduce your risk of disaster damage and to help your business stay afloat during an emergency situation
- Backup your company files and store them in a safe, off-site location. Losing your files would be detrimental to your business. Many companies offer off site server options to store confidential information securely.
- Anchor down large heavy equipment and cabinets. In the event of a disaster, they could topple over causing injury to those nearby.
- Use fire-resistant building materials. Whether you’re replacing the roof or changing out the property’s landscape, be sure to make them as fire-resistant as possible.
- Keep a fire extinguisher on every floor where it can be easily accessed during an emergency. In the event of a fire, they can stop it from becoming more dangerous.
- Reinforce doors and windows to protect against strong forces. From wind to hail, windows and doors need to withstand the impact.
- Have an emergency kit on hand. Complete with a first aid, non-perishable food, water, and flashlight. An emergency preparedness kit can make a huge difference in keeping the office staff safe.
- Implement an emergency plan and make sure employees know how to respond in the event of an emergency. That way you’ll keep everyone safe.
As always, if you or any business you know is affected by storm damage, call your local experts at SERVPRO of St. Louis Central for help!
We Can Handle Any Size Commercial Loss
SERVPRO of St. Louis Central is your local expert in large loss restoration!
Those who have heard of SERVPRO, know that we can help with any size residential disaster. We pride ourselves on our ability as a company to provide the best services possible.
Fun fact: SERVPRO of St. Louis Central can also handle large commercial buildings such as warehouses, retail stores, and schools. Let’s begin by discussing what is considered commercial loss. The main component is size. The average residential home is 2,392 square feet and commercial losses are typically much larger. For instance, a warehouse can be in the hundreds of thousands of square feet. To help better understand the differences in commercial losses, SERVPRO breaks them down into three levels;
Level 1 is a relatively small loss involving 15,000 square feet or less. Most level one cases are small retail locations, small churches, daycare facilities, or stand-alone offices.
Level 2 is a mid-sized loss ranging from 15,000 to 60,000 square feet. The types of buildings that fall under level 2 are mid-sized churches and schools, small shopping centers, mid-size manufacturing facilities, and multi-family properties.
Level 3 is a large loss involving 60,000 square feet and up. Examples of a level 3 loss are large churches, hospitals, schools and universities, large warehouses, and large manufacturing facilities.
It takes a special kind of restoration company to handle a loss of level 2 or higher. Luckily for you, SERVPRO of St. Louis Central is a Disaster Recovery Team. This means we have the training, personnel, and equipment to handle any level of loss.
At the snap of a finger, we can dispatch our semi-trailers and personnel to the job site to start the mitigation process. We have multiple equipment trailers that always stay stocked and ready to deploy, as well as a mobile office command center that we park at the job site. Over the years,
SERVPRO of St. Louis Central has worked on and completed numerous large commercial losses. You can trust that we are the local experts to help with your commercial loss.
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Four Phases of Disaster Restoration
A business owner tries to minimize damage from a leak caused by a storm. The bucket he is using is way too small for the job.
Oh no, you’ve had a disaster happen at your place of business! You’re probably asking yourself, “who do I need to call, and what do I do now?” You should call SERVPRO of ST. Louis Central!
Our highly trained team of professionals has the expertise to stabilize the situation and get your business back up and running as soon as possible. During any restoration project that SERVPRO is called in on, there is a detailed, four-phase process that we follow. This ensures the project is completed in a timely manner and all parties involved are up to date as to how the project is coming along.
The four phases of the process are:
- Project initiation
- Project plan
- Project execution
- Project close out
During the first phase of the process, our team arrives on site and walks the property with the owner to properly assess the damage. We consult with the property owner on the best course of action going forward and will also lend a hand with initial services such as board-ups (in the case of fire damage) or setting up a mobile office to make sure your business can maintain operational status during this tough time.
In the second phase, we build an estimate, create a game plan, and acquire the proper permits. Then, after approval, we begin the restoration process which bleeds into the third phase.
The third phase is all about working on the job and properly communicating with the customer throughout the entire restoration process.
Lastly, during phase four, the job has been finished, inspected and we send out billing.
There are many more details that are just too much to go into with one blog post.
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Levels of Commercial Damage
No matter the level we will help you!
There are three levels of commercial damage that are considered:
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 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 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.”
Water Damage in St. Louis Central
We are here 24/7 365 days a year!
Flooding and water damage can strike your St. Louis Central commercial property at any time. Water damage can sideline your business, regardless if the damage occurs from a major storm event or a broken water line.
At SERVPRO of St. Louis Central we work quickly to assess each unique situation and isolate the damaged area. Every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. In many instances, normal operation can continue in a temporary space while we restore your facility.
Commercial Water Restoration Presents Unique Challenges
Our professionals are trained to be mindful of legal and environmental concerns and strive to fully restore while working within your budget line.
Our staff of Highly Trained Restoration Specialists are trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO's corporate training facility to regular IICRC industry certification, rest assured that our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.
Remember, when you have an emergency water event in St. Louis our Professionals offer fast, 24 hour emergency services, 365 days per year.
National Back To School Month
Hot temperatures outside and high humidity inside is a disaster waiting to happen for schools.
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Ready or not, it's August and it is time for the school bells to be ringing again! It's time to dust off those backpacks, fill them up with supplies and plan for a new school year!
Excitement is an understatement, but sometimes there can be some dampers throughout the school year. A busted pipe or leaky HVAC can put a damper on the school year.
During those hot summer days, school are left untouched and HVAC systems are usually turned off to reduce the costs! Humidity can be another problem causing mold buildup too.
For precautionary measures throughout the summer months make sure all systems are left on, because the risk may outweigh the reward!
Get ready to learn, because school is here!
Understanding the P.A.S.S. Technique with Fire Extinguishers
A fire extinguisher is one of the most essential pieces of life-saving equipment in your commercial property. While your fire suppression system is excellent for your overall facility and alarms will ensure the safe evacuation of your employees or tenants, extinguishers provide a direct line of defense and allow for immediate response to manageable fires. However, there is a four-step process known as the P.A.S.S. technique.
The first step is to pull the pin from the extinguisher handle. The removal of this pin will allow the handle to be fully compressed, releasing the compressed air and chemical mixture to extinguish the flames.
A fire extinguisher will typically have a short, flexible, rubber hose attached to the nozzle and extending away from the handle. This will allow you to aim the compressed mixture at the fire. However, be sure to avoid contact with the discharge opening as the CO2 can damage your skin.
Squeezing the handle will release the extinguishing agent. Its mixture will come out quickly and somewhat powerfully, so be prepared and keep firm aim on the blaze.
You will want to use a sweeping motion, focusing the extinguishing mixture on the base of the fire. Continue this process until the fire is out. After the fire is out, watch the are and ensure that there are no remaining embers. It is possible for a fire to reignite, causing more fire damage.
If you have any questions or concerns regarding the proper extinguisher technique, you can contact your local fire department or a fire remediation specialist in the St. Louis Central Area!
Prevent Heat Related Fires
It’s going to get cold again here soon…
Besides using the fireplace to stay warm some people use alternative sources such as portable space heaters, and wood burning stoves. Heating equipment is the cause for many residential fires annually, causing deaths, injury and property damage. Here are some tips to help you reduce the risk of a heating-related fire:
-Keep flammable items at least three feet away from heating equipment
-Have a qualified professional install stationary space heating equipment, water heaters, or central heating equipment according to the local codes and manufacturers instructions
-Remember to turn portable heaters off when leaving the room or going to bed
-Plug space heaters directly into outlets, never into an extension cord or power strip.
-Always use the right kind of fuel, specified by the manufacturer, for fuel burning space heaters
-Install and maintain carbon monoxide and smoke alarms inside your home and business.
-Test alarms monthly
-Have heating equipment and chimneys cleaned and inspected every year by a qualified professional
-Make sure fireplaces have a screen to help prevent sparks
-Make sure ashes are cool before putting them in a metal container.
For more information on safety tips call your local fire department.
SERVPRO Moves to New Location
January 31, 2019 (St. Louis, MO) - SERVPRO of St. Louis Central Director of Business Development, Mike Walker, announces the purchase of a 25,708 square foot warehouse facility located at 2118 59th Street in St. Louis, MO. SERVPRO of St. Louis Central provides cleanup, restoration and reconstruction services for residential and commercial customers in the St. Louis area, as well as responds to commercial large-loss and catastrophic storm disaster events. According to Walker, “The new, larger facility streamlines our operations and allows us to serve both residential and commercial clients from one location. The St. Louis community has embraced the fact that we not only offer clean-up and restoration services after water or fire damage, but we also offer in-house reconstruction services. This truly sets us apart from other restoration companies and has helped us more than double in size in the past year.”
Janitorial services versus commercial cleaning, what is the difference? Although both deal with cleaning and are relatable, they both have different things to offer.
Who wouldn’t want a tidy clean office, that has trashcans cleaned each night. The janitorial services provide regular cleaning maintenance so the office is always ready for anyone to come in. The typical services they offer is carpet vacuuming, floor dusting, removing trash and dusting anywhere else that is needed.
The commercial services take care of the bigger tasks that the janitorial probably wouldn’t do. Some services they offer are air duct cleaning, carpet cleaning, tile cleaning, upholstery cleaning and much more. When you need this type of service, ask yourself what needs to be accomplished, and understand the methods used and how they are planned into your schedule. Most of the time SERVPRO commercial cleaning services are dealing with homes or businesses that have had a fire, water damage or a severe storm that has hit.
SERVPRO of St. Louis Central would love to take on the job that is needed by any customer!
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SERVPRO State Meeting
Columbia, MO meeting room.
Missouri Directorship held a state meeting in Columbia, MO. SERVPRO franchise members gathered for this all day event. They were there to learn about upcoming initiatives and how to improve on their customer relationships.
SERVPRO of St. Louis Central is growing and developing customer base by utilizing a systematic process to identify new prospects and to routinely contact and follow up with customers. They are always looking for new ways to build their relationships, so the state meeting was a great learning experience!
Here at SERVPRO we are happy to have employees that are anxious to learn new ways to help each customer individually. We believe each job we get assigned is personal.
We all learned so much to bring with us through our next jobs with customers.
Does Your Business Have Dirty Floors?
Most people don’t really realize the floors unless it is their own house that has dirty floors. Things such as dirt, debris and even dust that your shoes can track in affect the floors. Another thing to take into account is things that don’t properly get thrown away properly usually end up on the floor as well. You are probably thinking this sounds like a very tiny issue, but having a dirty floor can hurt your business.
Commercial floor cleaning service such as SERVPRO St. Louis Central can help avoid you from getting dirty floors. SERVPRO does more than just getting rid of the dirt; they also include sanitizing the floors to help keep all the germs away. You don’t want your employees to be having multiple sick days, so it is important to put the health of your employees first!
Cleaning floors often requires more than just vacuuming, sweeping or getting the mop out everyone once in awhile. SERVPRO has all the equipment, experience and the products your company needs.
Commercial Property Managers Trust SERVPRO of St. Louis Central
Property managers know SERVPRO of St. Louis Central is mobilized and ready to help 24/7.
There's never a convenient time for Fire or Water damage to strike your St. Louis commercial property. Every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity.
Commercial Property Managers know when the need arises for professional cleaning or emergency restoration services we have the training and expertise to respond promptly with highly trained technicians to get your property back to business.
Industrial Facilities, Hotel and Restaurants, Entertainment Venues, Government buildings and Commercial properties benefit from the quality work of SERVPRO of St. Louis Central. We work together to ensure the value of the property is restored back to its to pre-disaster condition.
Learn more about our commercial services: Commercial Property Restoration
- Commercial Water Damage Restoration
- Commercial Fire Damage Restoration
Restoring Your St. Louis Commercial Property After A Water Damage Event
Trust Extreme Team Wolfe with SERVPRO St. Louis Central to handle all of your commercial cleanup and restoration issues!
Flooding and water damage events at St. Louis 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 St. Louis Central
SERVPRO of St. Louis Central specializes in the cleanup and restoration of commercial and residential property after a water damage event. We are also the only certified Disaster Recovery Team in the St. Louis area.
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.