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Biohazard, Crime Scene, and Vandalism Cleanup

11/11/2019 (Permalink)

Recognized as a leading fire and water cleanup and restoration provider by hundreds of insurance companies, SERVPRO® of Douglasville also offers fast, reliable biohazard and crime scene cleanup* and restoration services to residential and commercial property owners.

Exposure to biological and chemical contaminants can pose serious health consequences for building occupants, employees, customers, and owners. A failure to properly handle and safely remove such hazardous substances can contribute to unhealthy and even dangerous environments.

SERVPRO® of Douglasville professionals are trained to safely and effectively remove biohazardous substances and prepare waste for proper disposal according to OSHA, EPA, and state and local health regulations.

Equipped with the necessary safety equipment and cleaning products, SERVPRO® of Douglasville helps turn unsafe environments into clean, safe homes and offices.

SERVPRO® of Douglasville can help with the following issues:

  • Bloodborne Pathogens
  • Methamphetamine Labs
  • Crime Scene Residues
  • Arson
  • Vandalism 
  • Sewage Backups 
  • Black Water Intrusions
  • Mold Mitigation and Remediation

State and local regulations vary. Contact SERVPRO® of Douglasville today at 770-489-5659 for 24-hour emergency service.

*Services vary by location

**Courtesy of Restoration Newsline Vol 29, Iss 6

Is your business ready for winter?

11/11/2019 (Permalink)

It’s official, winter is upon us and it’s exactly the time of year where you should be thinking about how you’re going to protect your business against burst pipes and leaks during the colder months of the year. 

Burst pipes are not only expensive to repair, but it could close your business if it causes a lot of damage and you’re not able to stay open. It’s especially important to make sure all your exposed pipes are lagged if you close over the Christmas period so you don’t come back to a flooded business in the New Year.

Here are 8 simple top tips to protect your business this winter.

1. Understand your water system and lag your pipes

Take the time to understand the water system in your business, this will enable you to highlight any risks. At the very least, understand where the main stop tap is into your business so you can quickly shut off the water if needed. This could save your business thousands of pounds in flood damage and lost sales if you have a burst pipe and have to close for repairs. Make sure all your pipework is lagged – especially in exposed, cold or draughty places as lagging can prevent pipes from freezing and bursting when the temperature drops.

2. Keep your heating on low, especially if you close during the Christmas period

Keeping the heating on low can prevent your pipes freezing and bursting. If you close over the Christmas period, keeping the heating on low could prevent the hassle and expense of returning to a flooded business in the New Year. 

3. Make sure you have a contingency plan

Do you know what to do if you have a frozen pipe? If you have a burst? How would your business cope and could you continue to trade if you had a flood? Make sure you’ve considered all the options and have a plan in place to deal with all eventualities. 

4. Communication is key

Ask your employees to flag to you if they see any issues with your water pipework and make sure they understand what to do in a water emergency.

5. Check your cover

Make sure your business is covered for any damage caused by a burst pipe. Remember, you are responsible for the maintenance of all the pipework within the boundary of your business – this includes all you internal plumbing and the underground pipe transporting water into your business from our water main - so check to make sure all this is covered on your insurance.

6. Get real time weather updates

Stay one step ahead so you can plan accordingly. Look into setting up weather alerts which inform you of any local or regional flooding and cold weather warnings.

7. Check your business for leaks

You’re paying for all the water that is recorded on your water meter so it makes good financial sense not to let any of this go to waste. Leaking taps, urinals, wash areas, hosepipes, pressure washers – over the year the cost of leaks really does add up and could be costing your business hundreds of pounds more than you need to pay. Have you experienced an increase in your bill or a drop in water pressure? Both could be early signs of a leak in your water pipework and should be investigated. It pays to make sure your pipework is in good condition before any cold snap arrives.

8. Know who to contact in an emergency

Make sure you have details to hand of who you need to contact if you have a burst so you can get this repaired as soon as possible. Your retailer may also be able to help with this, check their website to see if they offer any repair services or recommend any plumbing services.

**Courtesy of https://www.unitedutilities.com/help-and-support/Cold-weather-advice/is-your-business-ready-for-winter/

Commercial Sewage Damage

3/20/2019 (Permalink)

Commercial Sewage Damage

Floods, sewage backups, and other contaminated water can cause some of the worst damage to your commercial property. Contaminated water is often filled with deadly substances including bacteria, fungi, and viruses. This can be compounded by the composition of your commercial building. Organic materials such as drywall, wood, and debris found in carpet is prime breeding ground for pathogens and other bacteria and parasites to grow. The health risk to you and your employees is greatly increased when exposure to flood waters, sewage, and other types of contaminated water.

SERVPRO of Douglasville will dry the commercial building quickly and apply antimicrobial agents to all surfaces that had contact with the water to help make sure that they can eliminate any lingering contaminants. This can help ensure you and your employees that they can return to a safe working environment. If your commercial building is in need of water damage cleanup and repair, contact the professionals at SERVPRO of Douglasville at 770-489-5659. We are available 24/7 to help you get your business back “Like it never even happened.”

Commercial Water Damage

3/20/2019 (Permalink)

Many commercial business owners in the greater Douglasville area know that moisture is often the enemy especially when it can shut your business down. With an average of 50% of businesses not reopening following a major disaster, SERVPRO of Douglasville can help make sure your business isn't one of them.

Water can penetrate into any space and take advantage of even the smallest crack, causing damage to the structure. How it enters the building is irrelevant; the response should be the same. Calling in a professional commercial water damage specialist can help ensure there are no lingering health threats to you or your employees once the water damage has been eliminated. 

SERVPRO of Douglasville is your local professional for all your commercial water damage needs. Call us today – 770-489-5659.

Restoring Your Commercial Property After a Water Damage Event

3/11/2019 (Permalink)

Flooding and water damage events at Douglasville 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 Douglasville

SERVPRO of Douglasville 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.

Faster to Any Size Disaster: Cleaning After a Commercial Fire

3/1/2019 (Permalink)

Mitigation requires quick action. The faster SERVPRO® of Douglasville arrives on-site to perform fire, smoke, and soot cleanup and restoration, the better the results—including lower claim costs. Within four hours of loss notification, SERVPRO® of Douglasville will be on-site to help ensure a fire damage is handled by utilizing the following services.

Structural Cleaning

After a smoke or fire damage, ceilings, walls, woodwork, carpeting, and floors will often need a thorough cleaning. The experienced professionals at SERVPRO® of Douglasville will pretest to determine the extent of damage, then use the specific equipment and cleaning products required to clean and protect the different types of surfaces found in your insured’s structure.

Contents Cleaning

All of the restorable contents in affected areas will be professionally cleaned and deodorized. This includes area rugs, furniture, draperies, and upholstery. SERVPRO® of Douglasville can provide wet or dry cleaning services. Additionally, all the other restorable contents will be cleaned and deodorized to preloss condition. This includes electronics, art, wood furniture, kitchen items, and much more. Finally, SERVPRO® of Douglasville can provide an inventory list of all “to be claimed” items for your insured.

Deodorization

SERVPRO® of Douglasville provides specialized services that rid your insured’s place of business of offensive odors left by fire or smoke damage. SERVPRO® of Douglasville does not merely cover up lingering odors with a fragrance; they seek out the sources of the odor and remove them.