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Fire Preparedness Tips for Businesses

4/26/2021 (Permalink)

a pile of wood on fire SERVPRO of Shakopee/Savage/Prior Lake is dedicated to responding immediately to your Shakopee fire damage emergency.

6 Fire Preparedness Tips

Unfortunately, a fire can occur at any point in time. Although preventative measures can be taken, businesses will never be able to truly protect themselves against one. There are fire preparation strategies to prevent accidental fires and curb fire damage.

1. Equipment

Ensuring that the right equipment in accessible is the first line of defense for when the unthinkable happens. It is crucial to regularly inspect sprinkler systems, fire extinguishers, and alarms.

2. Waste Disposal

If your business has products that are flammable or involve any hazardous materials including oils to aerosol, it is important to understand protocol for the disposal of these items. 

3. Storage

In addition to knowing how to dispose of hazardous materials properly, they need to be stored in the correct environment. It is imperative that they be kept within a dry, secure location that has excellent ventilation. 

4. Cleanliness

Who doesn't love a tidied building? Along with the aesthetic appeal of a clean building, reducing clutter will help minimize the spread of a fire and will keep the pathway to emergency exits clear. It is important that that safety of your employees is at the top of the list.

5. Plan

Every single property, whether it is a home or business, should have an emergency and evacuation plan. A fire preparation plan should include a hierarchy of people in charge in order to ensure that the plan goes smoothly. These should be people who are able to lead a crowd as well as stay calm in stressful situations. 

6. Communicate

Many properties have a plan in place but unfortunately do not communicate it to their employees. It is vital to conduct equipment demonstrations to ensure everyone knows how to use fire extinguishers and other tools.

Fire preparation can minimize risk and ensure the situation is handled in the best possible way. Even if a fire does break out there are fire and smoke damage professionals at SERVPRO of Shakopee/Savage/Prior Lake that can help restore your business back to its preloss condition.

Mold Prevention Tips for a Commercial Property

4/5/2021 (Permalink)

Mold remediation in a commercial building Our technicians are certified in Antimicrobial Remediation by the IICRC and collectively have 30 years experience in inspecting and restoring homes.

When you discover a patch of small mold in your commercial property it may not seem like a big deal. However, if moisture presents itself in another area with spores, the opportunity for the mold to spread will occur rapidly. Here are some simple tips to prevent mold in your commercial property.

Mold Problems are a no-go

Deal with all leaks quickly. The source of the leak is not important; whether the leak stems from the roof, plumbing, or wind blown in the front doors, you need to deal with it immediately. Moisture is the perfect catalyst for mold growth.

Lots of moisture in the air? It may be beneficial to run a commercial dehumidifier. The goal is to keep your humidity around 40% to help prevent mold growth in the future.

Maintain superb ventilation! Keep your HVAC system in good working order by changing filters and cleaning your vents and ducts regularly. SERVPRO of Shakopee/Savage/Prior Lake has commercial services such as these to help you maintain your property. 

Call SERVPRO to deal with any flooding immediately. If standing water is not extracted properly by a professional, it may lead to secondary issues such as seeping into cracks, causing damage to furniture, and exhibit a breeding ground for mold.

What to do when you discover mold

SERVPRO of Shakopee/Savage/Prior Lake is certified in mold remediation by the IICRC.

All of our technicians have been certified and are knowledgeable when it comes to restoring your property after mold damage. We use advanced technology such as thermal cameras and moisture meters to ensure we are diagnosing the problem correctly.

We service the entire Scott County and Carver County areas and are ready to help you 24 hours a day, seven days a week!

If you see signs of mold, call us today at 952-403-1050!

Commercial Property: Filing an Insurance Claim

3/1/2021 (Permalink)

woman surprised by fire damage Our team is on call 24/7 to assist you with emergency services.

As if a fire disaster at your commercial property isn't enough, you have to deal with insurance and a whole bunch of other headaches. A main priority for you should be to get your insurance involved with a fire claim. When it comes to restoring your property to preloss conditions, your insurance company may help you determine how to move forward.

Taking the First Look

After calling emergency services (if necessary), you should call your insurance company immediately afterwards and spell out your situation. Ensure that you have your policy ready and be sure to tell them whether or not you are completely evacuated or if the fire somehow effected your living situation. Your insurance can guide you through the claims process, but so can we! We have office staff who can be informative resources for you regarding your insurance claim. Hopefully your insurance agent recommends SERVPRO of Shakopee/Savage/Prior Lake. 

Bulk Up and Hunker Down

Your next steps after a fire damage event should be to secure your property. To ensure that your building doesn't get damaged further from the elements and helps restrict looters, here are some tips on how to protect your property:

  • Post signage or caution tape around the property
  • Board up or cover any blown out windows
  • Padlock any available entrances
  • Tarp your roof
  • Install a security fence

Get Organized

Most often the insurance company as well as the claims adjuster will require a ton of documentation. You will want to take loads of photos of the fire damage and property. If there are specific items that have been damage, be sure to gather the value of the contents. You will also more than likely need to provide proof of income. 

A fire claim can be tricky business, don't be afraid to call SERVPRO of Shakopee/Savage/Prior Lake at 952-403-1050 with any questions or concerns you might have.

Positive Employee COVID-19 Test? Look no further.

2/1/2021 (Permalink)

cleaning a commercial property You can trust SERVPRO Franchise Professionals to bring a higher standard of clean to the places we gather.

Employees who exhibit symptoms at work or become sick during the day should be separated from other employees, customers, and visitors immediately. After being sent home, they should proceed to the local testing location and quarantine until no longer necessary. By following the CDC's recommended steps, sick employees should do what they can to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Here's what you need to do!

An employer should not need sick employees to provide a COVID-19 test results or healthcare provider's note to validate their illness. Many healthcare provider offices may not be able to provide such documentation in a timely manner, especially during a pandemic. 

It is essential that you follow CDC guidelines to ensure that any chance to spread COVID-19 is eliminated. 

Where does SERVPRO come in?

Contact a SERVPRO of Shakopee/Savage/Prior Lake expert technician for a Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned cleaning. We have developed expertise from cleaning up some of the most challenging biohazards imaginable, including confirmed COVID-19 locations. With this newly designed cleaning protocol, we are able of cleaning anything from a small office to an entire commercial building. 

After consulting a technician, you will work together to come up with the best plan for your property. Our EPA-Approved hospital-grade cleaning solutions will always adhere to the standards that are set by the CDC. Then, after our crew of professionals come in and clean up the infected areas, you will receive an official shield saying that your property was cleaned with our defensive pathogen cleaning program.

Schedule a COVID-19 cleaning with your local SERVPRO provider today at 952-403-1050.

Common Sources of Water Damage in a Commercial Building

1/4/2021 (Permalink)

commercial building water damage exterior In an average year, we successfully restore and repair close to 1,000,000 square feet of commercial property.

Owning and running a commercial building in Chaska/Chanhassen means that you've got a lot on your plate. 

How to Diminish Water Damage Issues

Drainage

The most highly trafficked areas in businesses are the bathrooms and kitchens. The drains from the sinks and the toilets are doing extra work meaning you should do whatever you can to keep them from flooding and the flow moving. Maintenance should perform regular checks on them and you could consider conducting a camera-scope inspection every once in awhile. To avoid a clogged toilet, buy thin toilet paper, post signage about what can go within the toilet, and provide plenty of labelled waste receptacles. 

Pipes

Ensure that you are knowledgeable on the types of pipes that your commercial property has. If they are older, often made of copper, galvanized iron, or polybutylene, they are prone to damage and do not usually last long. It might be worth your while to consider replacing your pipes to help prevent future disasters. Even if they aren't older pipes, it is still important to check for corrosion or leaks more often than not. It is also pertinent to ensure that your pipes are properly insulated to avoid freezing pipes during the winter.

Fire Sprinklers

Sometimes the fire sprinklers in a commercial property can be triggered by something as simple as a warm light nearby or burnt food in the microwave. In order to prepare for an event such as a random sprinkler going off, you should have a water damage restoration company picked out like SERVPRO and register for the Emergency Ready Plan.

There's a lot to keep track of in a commercial building. Adding a regular maintenance routine and an Emergency Ready Plan with SERVPRO of Shakopee/Savage/Prior Lake could save you time and money.

Call 952-403-1050 today with anything, even a simple question.

Restoring Your Shakopee, Savage, and Prior Lake Property After a Water Damage Event

12/9/2020 (Permalink)

Cartoon flooding with floating houses. Commercial Water Damage Events Present Unique Challenges

Flooding and water damage events surrounding Shakopee, Savage, and Prior Lake 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 Shakopee / Savage / Prior Lake

SERVPRO of Shakopee / Savage / Prior Lake 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

Call 952-403-1050 at any time, any day with any inquiries on commercial and residential restoration. 

Plan for the Best Prepare for the Worst

12/15/2017 (Permalink)

It’s always nice when a business is running smoothly but what happens when you come in one day to open and you find a leaking sink that’s been running all night. Would you know what to do in that situation? Do you know where your water shut off valves are? Luckily we here at SERVPRO of Scott County/Chaska have a solution for you. We can do an Emergency Response Profile for your business.

               Benefits of the ERP:

For starters the ERP is free service we offer, we’ll come out and do a walkthrough tour with you on crucial items needed in the event of an emergency

It identifies the chain of command for decisions regarding authorization to work along with contact info for emergency services

We help you identify and photograph important locations throughout your business such as the shut-off valves for your gas and water, along with things like locations of fire extinguishers etc

So be proactive today and be ready in case of any emergency that may arise and give us here at SERVPRO of Scott County/Chaska a call (952)-403-1050 and we can set up an appointment to do an ERP for your business right away.