Recent Commercial Posts

SERVPRO Services and Commercial Properties

10/26/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO is well known for the excellence service we provide across the country when disaster strikes. From floods to fires, hail storms and hurricanes, and everything in between, SERVPRO is always there and ready at a moments notice to spring into action and help anyone return their home or business back to normal. However, there are many other times, outside of disastrous situations, where SERVPRO of North Garland can be of service to your commercial property.

A clean work environment is vital to success in any business, and that’s where we come in. Along with our restoration services we also provide many beneficial deep cleaning services that can prolong the life of many aspects within a commercial property. Regular cleanings of both your carpets/floors and air duct systems can save you time and money. Especially when it comes to your HVAC system. We also provide general deep cleaning services, are specially trained in removing everything from difficult stains and bad smells to graffiti, and are licensed in biohazard cleanups.

For more information on our services please call us anytime at 972-496-2441.

Commercial Air Duct Cleaning Service

10/12/2018 (Permalink)

Cleaning air ducts in a commercial building may seem like an unimportant item to add to a long list of “building needs”; however, it is not something to ignore, even if your ducts do not seem to be experiencing any issues. If you own a commercial property in the North Garland area, consider using SERVPRO of North Garland when it comes time to clean the air ducts in your building. There are many benefits to having air ducts routinely cleaned, here are just a few:

  • Decrease in dust reentering the system, which will cut down in cleaning and remove potential allergens from the environment.
  • Reduce the risk of mold in your ducts, which will help lower the amount of mold spores spreading throughout your property.
  • Remove any materials from previous pest infestations, and decrease the likelihood of any future infestations.
  • Longer HVAC lifespan and greater HVAC efficiency.
  • Better air quality for building occupants.

For more information regarding a duct cleaning service for your commercial property call SERVPRO of North Garland at 972-496-2441.

Looking Out for Your Business

6/1/2018 (Permalink)

Protecting a business from a major fire or water damage is not something that is at the forefront of any commercial property owners mind, but knowing what to do should that situation ever arise is vital. Here is some information about the various categories of structure damages, and the safety precautions surrounding them, that every business owner should know:

  • Fire classifications and extinguishers -  A fire with a stable supply of fuel, oxygen, and heat can double in size within 60 seconds; therefore, quick action is key to preventing catastrophic damage. Fires, and their extinguishers, are categorized into 5 different classes based on fuel types. An ABC fire extinguisher is typically what most people stock within their homes and businesses as it is versatile – it can extinguish 3 out of the 5 fire groups; however, fires result from Class K type situations, which require their own specific extinguisher. Click on the link above to learn more. 
  • Mold myths and facts - Bleach does not kill mold, it can even make a mold problem worse. It is effective if the growth is on a hard, solid surface, such as tile or glass, but it will not work when the surface is porous. Unfortunately, many growths occur on these materials, like drywall and wood, in our homes. Bleach does not soak into porous materials, which means it can’t reach the growth spread out through the pores, it only kills the surface. The outer surface of the affected area will appear clean, as the bleach will have whitened any stains and scrubbed away the exterior mold, but the internal mold will be quick to grow back. Follow this link to learn more mold myths and facts. 
  • Signs of a water damage - While it may seem like water damages should be easy to spot, many times their signs are subtle and hard to find. Water damages, particularly when they go unnoticed for a long period of time, can cause extensive damage to the structure of homes and they encourage mold growth. Early intervention can save you time and money. These signs can include stains, peeling, and a bad odor. To learn more about the signs of water damage follow the link above. 

If you experience any damage to your commercial property due to fire, water, or even mold call SERVPRO of North Garland at 972-496-2441 to handle all of your restoration needs. 

Dry Ice Blasting for Commercial Properties

5/31/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Smoke and Odor Cleaning

One of the major issues after a large scale fire (or a small one for that matter) is cleaning the contents and structure after the loss. This is done in order to eliminate the smoke odor that lingers on everything the smoke touches. On a recent commercial job SERVPRO of North Garland needed to clean a massive 55,000 sq ft facility after they experienced a fire. After considering all our available options; hand cleaning, sandblasting, and dry-ice blasting, we determined that dry-ice blasting would be the best decision given the requirements of this particular job.

What is Dry Ice Blasting (Cleaning)?

Dry ice blasting is known by several names: dry ice blasting, dry ice cleaning, CO2 blasting, dry ice dusting, and even environmentally sustainable cleaning. Dry ice blasting is an efficient and cost-effective way for industries to maximize production capability and quality. Dry ice blasting is similar to sand blasting, plastic bead blasting or soda blasting where media is accelerated in a pressurized air stream to impact a surface to be cleaned or prepared. But that's where the similarity ends.

Instead of using hard abrasive media to grind on a surface (and damage it), dry ice blasting uses soft dry ice, accelerated at supersonic speeds, and creates mini-explosions on the surface to lift the undesirable item off the underlying substrate. If you want to read all the technical details, see the How CO2 Blasting Works page.

Why Dry Ice Blasting?

  • is a non-abrasive, nonflammable and nonconductive cleaning method
  • is environmentally responsible and contains no secondary contaminants such as solvents or grit media
  • allows most items to be cleaned in place without time-consuming disassembly
  • can be used without damaging active electrical or mechanical parts or creating fire hazards
  • can be as gentle as dusting smoke damage from books or as aggressive as removing weld slag from tooling
  • can be used for many general cleaning applications

Dry ice blasting uses compressed air to accelerate frozen carbon dioxide (CO2) "dry ice" pellets to a high velocity. A compressed air supply of 80 PSI/50 CFM can be used in this process. Dry ice pellets can be made on-site or supplied. Pellets are made from food grade carbon dioxide that has been specifically approved by the FDA, EPA, and USDA.

Carbon dioxide is a non-poisonous, liquefied gas, which is both inexpensive and easily stored at work sites.

We are very experienced at using this and other types of processes in order to mitigate any malodors from any type of commercial loss. If you or your company have experienced any type of issue, give SERVPRO of North Garland a call at 972-496-2441.

Speed Up Your Restoration Process

5/29/2018 (Permalink)

For a property owner, a fire or water damage can be disastrous. It not only results in property and inventory loss, but oftentimes it also means a temporary loss of business. When you're depending on that business for your own livelihood or your employees then you don't have months to spare during a long drawn out restoration process. 

In the aftermath of a disaster, quick response time can help minimize property damage as well as inventory or content loss. Here are some tips to help you be prepared for both a disaster and a quick turn around in the restoration process. 

1) Download the SERVPRO READY Plan App.

The SERVPRO Ready Plan mobile application provides home and business owners with a quick and convenient way to call in SERVPRO professionals when disaster strikes. The Ready Plan app is a free emergency preparedness tool offered by SERVPRO and  it can be downloaded on any smartphone. 

For more information on the SERVPRO READY Plan mobile app and how it can help you be more prepared, contact SERVPRO of North Garland professionals at 972-496-2441. Don't wait for a disaster to happen to download this app, do it today!

2) Call SERVPRO of North Garland 

Our professionals are highly trained and are prepared for any situation. They will be on scene within hours to assess and begin working to get your business back to normal. The sooner a SERVPRO professional is on the scene, the sooner your restoration process can begin. 

3) Call your insurance agent and start documenting damage and inventory.

Without risking your safety, try and document any areas or items that may have been affected in the disaster. This will help both the SERVPRO professionals - so they know what to target - and your insurance agent - so they can start preparing the claim. 

With help from SERVPRO of North Garland your business can be back up and running quickly. If you experience a water or fire damage, mold, or any other kind of disaster call us anytime on our 24-hour emergency phone line 972-496-2441. 

SERVPRO Resource for Property Owners

5/1/2018 (Permalink)

There is no disaster that hits home quite like a disaster to your property or business. When you have suffered a fire, water, or mold damage, you don't have time to waste searching for a company to fix your property. When disaster strikes, you can depend on SERVPRO of North Garland. Whether the job is big or small we will be there to help make it "Like it never even happened" so you can get your business up and running as soon as possible.

As a resource for commercial property managers, SERVPRO produces Restoration Newsline each month. In the issues of Restoration Newsline, you will find priceless information that can benefit you as a business owner. This includes suggestions on handling water and fire damages, advice regarding air quality, tips on dealing with the damage from difficult tenants, and much more. If you are interested in receiving a copy of Restoration Newsline each month, please call our office anytime. We have both physical and online copies available.

If you're in need of cleanup and restoration services, call SERVPRO of North Garland at 972-496-2441.

Quick Tips for Property Owners on Halloween

10/26/2017 (Permalink)

Halloween presents a variety of insurance risks, particularly for property owners. According to 2016 data from Travelers Insurance, crime-related claims increased by 24% on Halloween night. These claims spanned from robberies to vandalism damages. Read the following quick tips to improve the safety of your property on Halloween night:

Lights and Reducing Hazards

Decorations and lights on Halloween are great for creating a spooky atmosphere, but they can leave properties at risk if not placed carefully. Dim lighting and an empty building is the perfect draw for vandals or thieves. Keeping indoor lights on overnight, and making sure that all doors, walkways, and parking lots are adequately lit can help prevent vandalism or robberies at your property. To avoid being liable for any injuries on Halloween night, be sure to look for anything that may be a tripping hazard for trick or treaters.

Review Insurance

Assess your insurance coverage prior to Halloween by checking in with your insurance company. Some of the biggest concerns on Halloween night insurance wise are liability, theft, damages that result from vandalism, and fire. Use the SERVPRO Ready app to create an emergency profile, and increase your preparedness in case of a property damage.

Fire Safety

Halloween decorations present a variety of fire risks, so the first step to protecting your property is to ensure that all your smoke alarms are working. If you decorate try using battery operated candles or glow sticks in pumpkins instead of real candles. Also avoid draping fabrics, or other decorative materials, over lights as their heat can lead to a fire.

If you experience property damage on Halloween night give SERVPRO of Park North Garland a call. Whether it be from vandalism or a fire, we are here to help. Call 972-496-2441 for 24-hour emergency services.

Fire Safety in the Workplace

10/13/2017 (Permalink)

We often think about fire safety in our own homes, but how many of us worry about fires while we are at work? October is National Fire Prevention month, so there is no better time than now to brush up on your fire safety knowledge in the office! Each year in the United States there are between 70,000-80,000 workplace fires, and the annual cost to businesses is over $2 billion. Companies that operate from a single location are particularly vulnerable when it comes to fire. Any building damage could temporarily stop business operations, costing a company time and money. In order to prevent employee injuries and damage to the workplace, it is extremely important for every organization to know fire prevention practices and to have an emergency plan in place. 

Safety Measures and Emergency Plans

Practicing the following safety measures, and preparing emergency plans, can greatly reduce the risks presented by fires at work:

  • Never block access to firefighting equipment (e.g. fire extinguisher), sprinkler heads, or fire exits with office furniture or other materials.
  • Assign designated smoking areas for employees in safe locations, away from any flammable chemicals or combustible materials. Employees should be sure to completely extinguish cigarettes before disposing of them, a bucket of sand or water can be useful for this.
  • Make sure an adequate number of fire alarms for the size of your location are in place and that all are working.
  • Keep a clean office: get rid of excessive clutter, recycle unneeded papers, remove grease in kitchens, etc. A tidy and clean office would provide less fuel for a fire, which can potentially mean less damage.
  • Do not store furniture or equipment in front of electrical panels, as the power might need to be shut down in an emergency situation.
  • Store all chemicals correctly, in rooms with proper ventilation and away from any potential sources of fire (kitchen, machinery, smoking area, etc.). Check the labels and Material Safety Data Sheets to determine flammability and other risks.
  • Report any electrical hazards, such as equipment not working correctly or faulty wiring. Also practice proper electrical safety (e.g. don’t overload outlets with adaptors, don’t use electrical equipment with wet hands or near water, etc.)
  • Post emergency numbers and the office address next to all phones.
  • Have at least two escape routes, that are separate from one another, and practice drills with employees. Have an escape plan in place for any disabled employees or visitors.
  • Use the SERVPRO Ready Plan App to create an Emergency READY Profile containing critical facility information that can help speed up response time after fire or water damage occurs. Learn more about the app here.

SERVPRO is Here to Help

If you have experienced a fire at your business, SERVPRO of North Garland is here to help. Our highly trained professionals are quick to respond, and can be on location within a few hours to begin the restoration process. The faster restoration begins, the faster our customers can return to business. If you or your company has experienced a fire or water damage call us now at 972-496-2441, we’ll be there quickly to make it “Like it never even happened.”

Benefits of Mitigation

6/2/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of North Garland Professionals can save you from higher property damage costs!

1-4-8 Service Response Guidelines

SERVPRO’s 1-4-8 Service Response Guidelines help ensure timely communication and response. Quick and accurate response can minimize loss expenses from secondary damages.

  • 1. Within one hour from notice of loss, SERVPRO of North Garland Professionals will contact you to arrange for service.
  • 4. Within four hours of loss notification, SERVPRO of North Garland Professional will be on-site to start mitigation services (if necessary).
  • 8. Within 8 business hours, a verbal briefing of the scope of work will be communicated to the property manager or point of contact by a SERVPRO of North Garland Professional.

Restore Versus Replace - SERVPRO of North Garland Professionals strive to restore items to preloss condition. This helps lower mitigation and restoration costs while allowing treasured belongings to be salvaged when possible.

Pretesting - Through pretesting, SERVPRO of North Garland Professionals can determine the extent of the damage, treating only the affected area to reduce job costs, restoration expenses and business disruption.

Inventory Analysis - The Inventory Analysis helps clients and tenants keep records of items and belongings, making the claims process easier should a disaster occur.

Contents Claim Inventory Service - CCIS provides itemized room-by-room loss inventory, allowing clients, tenants, insurance agents and adjusters to document claim items and capture inventory items immediately.

Electronic File Documentation Complete with Loss Reports - Online access is available to all files, information and proof of results, allowing the information to be easily transferrable to various parties involved.

24/7 Call Center - Prompt work order handling and dispatch don’t have to wait for daylight. Utilizing SERVPRO’s 24/7 Call Center, emergency services can begin as soon as possible, helping minimize additional loss, downtime and expense.

Large Loss Capabilities – Catastrophic Loss Response Team - With hundreds of trained crews manned with thousands of pieces of commercial equipment and service vehicles, SERVPRO’s Large Loss Response Teams can initiate response to any sized loss in any part of the country within hours.

Professional Reassurance and Consistency - As leaders in cleanup and restoration, SERVPRO of North Garland Professionals strive to maintain a professional appearance in uniform, equipment, vehicles and cleaning methods to help convey “Green means clean!”

National Accounts Guidelines (for National Accounts Insurance Clients) - To assure to our clients they will receive consistent, professional service and performance across the country, the National Accounts Guidelines require completed job files, detailed communication and much more from SERVPRO of North Garland Professionals.

More than 1,700 Franchises located in North America - SERVPRO of North Garland Professionals are nearby, ready to respond quickly. The faster restoration begins, the quicker our customers can return to business.

Are your Ducts in Order?

6/1/2017 (Permalink)

Did you know, your ventilation system is often the biggest culprit in poor indoor air quality? Inspecting the ductwork in your facility or home should be a high priority. In most cases, the HVAC system has been operating for some time without much attention. Dirty ducts can circulate odors, contaminants such as mold, and irritating dust throughout your building or home.

A routine part of SERVPRO of North Garland Professional’s service is inspecting the heating, ventilation and air conditioning unit (HVAC). Keeping the HVAC and ductwork clean can potentially extend the life span of the equipment by allowing it to operate at peak condition, which may help save you money. Duct cleaning may not always be necessary. SERVPRO of North Garland Professionals will inspect your HVAC system and ductwork and make recommendations about the best way to address any indoor air quality concerns. This inspection can help save you money and provide peace of mind on the health of your HVAC system and ductwork.

In some circumstances, such as after fire, smoke or suspected mold growth, duct cleaning becomes an essential part of the cleanup process. In these cases, SERVPRO of North Garland Professionals can often restore the HVAC system and ductwork to pre-damage condition.

If you have a fuel burning furnace, stove or fireplace, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recommends they be inspected for proper functioning, and be serviced before each heating season to protect against carbon monoxide poisoning.

The SERVPRO Duct Cleaning System is proven and cost efficient. Unlike the majority of duct cleaning services, SERVPRO of North Garland Professionals uses a portable ventilation and air duct cleaning system to examine ductwork and make a clean sweep, removing years of dust and grime.

  • The process begins by using patented equipment including a roto-scraper, which automatically adapts to the duct’s shape and diameter while traveling through the duct, removing debris and filth before vacuuming begins.
  • Next, a powerful push-pull air delivery and collection system transfers the debris from the ducting to a 16-gallon container.
  • Air if filtered through a HEPA filtration system, removing 99.97% of the particles in the airstream. HEPA filters capture debris and keep the indoor environment clean.
  • As an option process, a sealant or coating product may be sprayed to address odor or microbial concerns.
  • Filters will either be cleaned or replaced to remove odor and dirt.

For more information on duct cleaning, or schedule an appointment, contact us, SERVPRO of North Garland, at 972-496-2441.

Help at Your Fingertips

5/31/2017 (Permalink)

For a property owner, a disaster scenario involving fire or water damage can seem unthinkable and then suddenly become a reality. In the aftermath of a disaster, quick response time can help minimize property damage as well as inventory or content loss.

The SERVPRO READY Plan mobile application provides home and business owners with a quick and convenient way to call in SERVPRO of North Garland Professionals when disaster strikes.

The Ready Plan app is a free emergency preparedness tool offered by SERVPRO and can be downloaded on you Android, iPhone, or Blackberry.

The application allows both residential and commercial property owners and managers to create an Emergency READY Profile containing critical facility information that can help speed up response time after fire or water damage occurs. In addition to property details, the application tracks prior loss history, utility shut off locations, and key contacts; stores photos of the damage; and integrates local weather forecasts and more including the address and contact information for the user’s local SERVPRO Franchise Professionals.

Through the application, the user can quickly call their local SERVPRO Franchise Professional or submit an electronic “First Notice of Loss” to the SERVPRO National Call Center setting the wheels of recovery in motion. Rapid response from a disaster cleanup and restoration specialist can help the property owner evaluate options, start the insurance process and take the right steps from the beginning to bring the property back to normal, “Like it never even happened.”

The SERVPRO Ready Plan mobile app places a convenient preparedness tool right at your fingertips. Disasters are unpredictable and frequently strike without warning. That is why SERVPRO’s READY Plan mobile app is so valuable. In the confusion and panic that often surround a disaster, a property owner or manger can reach out for expert help right from the scene, using their cell phones.

For more information on the SERVPRO READY Plan mobile app and how it can help you be more prepared, contact SERVPRO of North Garland Professionals.

Restoration Newsline

5/22/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Restoration Newsline Call SERVPRO of North Garland for any cleanup and restoration services at 972-496-2441.

There is no disaster that hits home quite like a disaster to your property or business. When you have suffered a fire, water, or mold damage, you don't have time to waste searching for a company to fix your property. When disaster strikes, depend on SERVPRO of North Garland.

Whether the job is big or small, SERVPRO of North Garland will be there to help make it "Like it never even happened" so you can get back to your home or business and on with your life. 

In the issues of Restoration Newsline, you will find information on the steps to follow when a disaster hits. It also includes information on the mold and remediation process and what may take place if you are dealing with a mold loss as well as important information regarding extreme hear, and what you can do to prepare your property when the summer sun starts to scorch. 

If you're in need of cleanup and restoration services, call SERVPRO of North Garland at 972-496-2441.

Commercial Fire Restoration and Cleaning from SERVPRO of North Garland

10/4/2016 (Permalink)

Commercial Commercial Fire Restoration and Cleaning from SERVPRO of North Garland SERVPRO of North Garland are experts in Commercial Fire cleaning and deodorization. Call us at 972-496-2441 to get your business up and running again.

Commercial Smoke and Odor Cleaning

One of the major issues after a large scale fire (or a small one for that matter) is cleaning the contents and structure after the loss. This is done in order to eliminate the smoke odor that lingers on everything the smoke touches. On a recent commercial job SERVPRO of North Garland needed to clean a massive 55,000 sq ft facility after they experienced a fire. After considering all our available options; hand cleaning, sandblasting, and dry-ice blasting, we determined that dry-ice blasting would be the best decision given the requirements of this particular job.

What is Dry Ice Blasting (Cleaning)?

Dry ice blasting is known by several names: dry ice blasting, dry ice cleaning, CO2 blasting, dry ice dusting, and even environmentally sustainable cleaning. Dry ice blasting is an efficient and cost-effective way for industries to maximize production capability and quality. Dry ice blasting is similar to sand blasting, plastic bead blasting or soda blasting where media is accelerated in a pressurized air stream to impact a surface to be cleaned or prepared. But that's where the similarity ends.

Instead of using hard abrasive media to grind on a surface (and damage it), dry ice blasting uses soft dry ice, accelerated at supersonic speeds, and creates mini-explosions on the surface to lift the undesirable item off the underlying substrate. If you want to read all the technical details, see the How CO2 Blasting Works page.

Why Dry Ice Blasting?

  • is a non-abrasive, nonflammable and nonconductive cleaning method
  • is environmentally responsible and contains no secondary contaminants such as solvents or grit media
  • allows most items to be cleaned in place without time-consuming disassembly
  • can be used without damaging active electrical or mechanical parts or creating fire hazards
  • can be as gentle as dusting smoke damage from books or as aggressive as removing weld slag from tooling
  • can be used for many general cleaning applications

Dry ice blasting uses compressed air to accelerate frozen carbon dioxide (CO2) "dry ice" pellets to a high velocity. A compressed air supply of 80 PSI/50 CFM can be used in this process. Dry ice pellets can be made on-site or supplied. Pellets are made from food grade carbon dioxide that has been specifically approved by the FDA, EPA, and USDA.

Carbon dioxide is a non-poisonous, liquefied gas, which is both inexpensive and easily stored at work sites.

We are very experienced at using this and other types of processes in order to mitigate any malodors from any type of commercial loss. If you or your company have experienced any type of issue, give SERVPRO of North Garland a call at 972-496-2441.